The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is a voluntary test conducted by the California State Board of Education to test ability in basic reading, writing and mathematics skills which are taught in public school. Candidates who pass the CHSPE test are awarded a Certificate of Proficiency, which is the equivalent of a high school diploma. Pupils who receive the Certificate of Proficiency, may with parental approval leave school early. All Institutions and people who require a high school diploma must accept the certificate as meeting their requirement.


Students may appear for the CHSPE if they meet the following requirement:

  • Students must be 16 years of age
  • Students have been enrolled in the tenth grade of one academic year or more
  • Students must have completed one academic year of grade tenth at the end of the term when the CPSHE administration is held.

The CHSPE Test is administered three times a year, once in every semester and once in the summer. The Principal of each school with eleventh and twelfth grade will guide the students who wish to attempt the CHSPE Test.


The CHSPE consists of two testing sections, English-Language Arts and Mathematics.

The English-language-Arts paper consists of two subsections Language and Reading, which can be taken separately. The Language subtest has 48 multiple choice questions and a writing task. The multiple choice questions test language expression whereas the writing task measures writing ability.

The Reading test consists of multiple choice questions of which are 54 reading- comprehension questions and 30 vocabulary questions.

The CHSPE Test is of 31/2 hour duration and the student is free to set aside the time for each section as they choose.


The student has to pass both the sections of the CHSPE to pass the test. To pass the Mathematics section, the student must get a scale score of 350; a pass in the English section requires a scale score of 350 and must have passed both language and reading sub tests.

CHSPE Test Dates 2015

Test Date
Saturday Morning

Regular Registration Deadline 
Late Registration Deadline 
Receipt Date
Emergency Registration Deadline
Receipt Date
Results Mailed
October 18, 2014 September 19, 2014 October 3, 2014 October 14, 2014 November 21, 2014
March 21, 2015 February 20, 2015 March 6, 2015 March 17, 2015 April 24, 2015


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