California High School Proficiency Examination
The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is a test for students who need to verify their high school level skills. In some cases, students take the test and leave high school early to work or attend college. Those who pass the test receive a Certificate of Proficiency, which is equal by law to a California high school diploma, from the State Board of Education.
People who are sixteen years of age or older may take the test. Younger persons who meet other criteria also may take the test. The CHSPE is given at many sites throughout the state. The test covers three subjects: reading, writing, and math. There is a fee to take the test.
Last chance to take the current CHSPE exam before the transition takes place for the fall administration.
Registration for summer 2023 administration will open on April 18 and will close on May 26, 2023. The final testing dates are scheduled for June 13–18, 2023.
Test locations and times are provided on the CHSPE website . Registration is on a first come, first served basis, and a waiting list will be established for those who are interested.
The CHSPE has three sections of testing: mathematics, reading comprehension, and English language arts. If a Certificate of Proficiency is not earned before the fall 2023 transition, the testing process will begin again by taking the new test series. Sections and subtests previously passed in the current test series will no longer be valid.
In the fall, the Proficiency test will be offered both online through live proctoring or at a local test center. Computer-based or paper-based testing will also be available at the test center. More information will be provided this summer.
Please visit the CHSPE website for information on the CHSPE registration and requests for records.
Documents for use with administration of the CHSPE.
Provides information on the CHSPE.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about the CHSPE.
Annual Report and Program Notes
Certified Foster Youth Fee Wavier Information
To be eligible for a foster youth fee waiver, a foster youth must submit, at the time of registration for a test administration, all standard, required registration materials and certification of their foster youth status. This certification can be provided by the county of residence or the California Department of Social Services. Eligibility for the fee waiver is valid until the certified foster youth reaches twenty-five years of age.
Homeless and Foster Youths Waiver
Homeless Certification Form (PDF)
The Homeless Certification Form is to be used by a homeless child or youth to obtain a fee waiver for the high school equivalency test.
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