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California Proficiency Program

About the Test

The California Proficiency Program (CPP) will replace the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) established by California Education Code Section 48412. The CPP utilizes the State Board of Education approved GED®or HiSET®subtests for language arts and mathematics to measure proficiency.

Once a student passes the language arts and mathematics subtests, they will earn a State Board of Education issued Certificate of Proficiency which is the legal equivalent to a high school diploma issued by the state of California. After passing the CPP, the student may choose to remain in high school or exit with parent or guardian’s permission to begin attending higher education or their career.

Administration Documents


The CPP tests will serve the same population as the previous CHSPE. Eligible students may be either excelling or struggling in high school and need to take the CPP tests in order to exit high school to begin attending higher education or start their career.

A person is eligible to take a CPP test if they are currently enrolled in high school and either:

  1. 16 year of age or older, or
  2. They have completed one year of enrollment in grade ten, or
  3. They will have completed one year of enrollment in grade ten at the end of the semester during which the next exam is administered.

Transcript Requests and Verifications

If you would like to request transcripts for the CHSPE, please complete and mail the CHSPE Transcript Request Form (PDF) to:

California Department of Education
Attn. CHSPE Office
1430 N Street Suite 4409
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 26, 2023
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