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What is the CHSPE?

The California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) is an early-exit testing program.

Students who pass the exam receive the legal equivalent of a diploma, entitled a “Certificate of Proficiency,” from the California State Board of Education.

The exam is offered to students over 16 years old who have been enrolled in an entire year of 10th grade. The certificate is the legal equivalent of a high school diploma, allowing students to legally work and enroll in some colleges. However, the certificate does not provide the credits from coursework required for a traditional high school diploma. As a result, is not accepted by some employers and universities

The CHSPE is not an easy test. It has a pass rate of 62.1% according to the California Department of Education. But don't worry, we have tutors that can help :)


Here's everything you need to know about the test, plus free practice resources:

The exam consists of two sections: Math & Language Arts.

Students are given 3 ½ hours to complete both sections and may allocate their time between either section as they would like. There is also a writing component of the exam.

Mathematics (50 multiple choice questions)

Language Arts (84 Questions: 54 Reading & 30 Vocabulary)

The minimum passing score for the exam is 350 points, out of possible 250 to 450 points.

There is also a writing section which is scored between 1 and 5 points.


Free Practice Resources

Here are some links to sites with free CHSPE practice problems and tests.


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