There is a requirement of ensuring that students coming out of high schools acquire that minimum level of academic excellence which is necessary for pursuing higher studies. This is where CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam) comes into picture.

The California Department of Education (CDE) has designed CAHSEE for evaluating whether students graduating from public schools in California are capable enough to manifest grade level competency, as per the state standards, in terms of the basic academic skills of reading, writing and mathematics. Every student completing their high school education from California has to undergo CAHSEE test, apart from satisfying other needs, for earning their high school diploma.


Grade ten, eleven and twelve students, along with adult students, are eligible to take the CAHSEE if they have earlier qualified the exam. No student, already passed the CAHSEE is allowed to retake the exam.


The CAHSEE test is designed in two parts - English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

The English section carries 80 multiple-choice questions and the students will have to write one or two multi-paragraph essays. The mathematics section carries about 90 multiple choice questions.

The English section evaluates students at a 10th-grade level and need a passing score of 60% to pass. The mathematics section analyzes students at an 8th-grade level and 55% is the passing score.


Nonetheless, your school books will be sufficient for CAHSEE preparation as the test question are of high school level, it is advisable to study from preparation materials that have been particularly crafted to enable you to answer the types of questions that are usually asked in CAHSEE. Such preparation materials are easily available online and also in bookstores.


The scale scores for the ELA portion of CAHSEE test spans from 275 to 450. You can pass this part of CAHSEE provided you score 350 or above.

In total there are 92 questions in mathematics in this CAHSEE test part out of which 12 questions will be considered as trial questions and there will not be any scoring for these questions. The scoring for the mathematics section of CAHSEE is considered based on the questions that have been answered correctly by you. The passing score for this section is 350.

CAHSEE Test Dates 2015

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