top of page

GED vs. CHSPE - What's the Difference?

Both the CHSPE and GED provide students with a high school equivalency diploma.


The CHSPE exam is available only in California, whereas the GED exam is offered across North America.

High School Enrollment

Students can attend high school and qualify for CHSPE testing as well. Students cannot attend high school and qualify for the GED testing.

Subjects & Test Time

The GED test includes four subject tests: Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. The GED test has a computer-only format. It is 7 hours long and is administered year-round.

The CHSPE exam includes only two subject tests: Mathematics and Language Arts. It is a multiple choice paper format. It is 3.5 hours long and is administered three times per year.

College Admissibility

The U.S. Department of Education and also the Federal Student Aid Office recognize the CHSPE as equivalent to a conventional high school diploma. All institutions and persons subject to California state law must accept the CHSPE certificate in place of a high school diploma. On the other hand, the GED diploma is accepted nationwide.

The GED exam has four scoring sections: below-passing, high school equivalency, college-ready, and college-ready plus credit. If students receive a college-ready or college-ready plus credit score, they often don’t need to take the SAT or ACT exams.

The CHSPE exam doesn’t come with science and social studies sections. So college-bound students will have to demonstrate their proficiency in these subject fields by taking remedial coursework and/or a college entrance exam such as the SAT or ACT.

Benefits of the GED

So, if you plan on attending college, choosing the GED exam might be a better option. All across America and Canada, the GED credential is recognized and accepted by governmental bodies, employers, and schools of higher education.

Benefits of the CHSPE

On the other hand, if a students wishes to continue attending high school while or after pursuing activities that require a proficiency certificate, such as work or sports, the CHSPE would be a better option. They can still complete the additional credits in science and social studies after completing the CHSPE, either at school or at a community college.

Need help preparing for the CHSPE or GED exams? We're here to help! Book a Terrific Tutor Today!

Have you taken the CHSPE before? What was your experience? Comment below:

50 views0 comments

Related Posts


bottom of page