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A PDF version of the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) promotional flyer (PDF) also is available.

What is the CHSPE?

The CHSPE is a voluntary test, given only in English, that assesses proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics skills. The test consists of two test sections: English language arts (which has two subtests, reading and language) and mathematics. More information on the content of the tests can be found on the CHSPE website External link opens in new window or tab. under "About the Test".

Eligible persons who pass both sections of the CHSPE are awarded a Certificate of Proficiency by the State Board of Education. Additional information on the Certificate of Proficiency can be found on the CHSPE Frequently Asked Questions web page.

When and where is the CHSPE offered?

The three administration dates are offered each school year. Most California counties have at least one test administration center. For a list of counties and test centers, go to the registration page on the CHSPE website External link opens in new window or tab..

Who is eligible to take the CHSPE?

You may take the CHSPE only if, on the test date, you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are at least sixteen years old.
  • You have been enrolled in grade ten for one academic year or longer.
  • You will complete one academic year of enrollment in grade ten at the end of the semester during which the next regular administration of the CHSPE will be conducted. (Regular administrations are the fall and spring administrations each school year.)

Homeless Youth Fee Wavier Information

The registration fee for the CHSPE will be waived for any examinee who is under twenty-five years of age and can verify his or her status as a homeless youth. For additional information about this waiver, please see the Homeless Fee Waiver Request (PDF).

Certified Foster Youth Fee Wavier Information

To qualify for a waiver, a foster youth must submit all standard required registration materials and certification of his or her foster youth status at the time of registration for a test administration. 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.

Additional information is located on the CHSPE website External link opens in new window or tab. or by phoning 1-866-342-4773.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, October 15, 2020
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