The CHSPE, or California High School Proficiency Exam, is a standardized test administered two to three times a year by the California Department of Education. It is for students who would like to explore alternative options for their education and professional life. The test measures students’ skills in the language arts and mathematics. Passing both sections earns a student a Certificate of Proficiency, which is the equivalent of a high school diploma.
IMPORTANT: The CHSPE is changing! Per the CHSPE website, beginning July 2023, the CHSPE will be shifting to the GED® and HiSET® testing formats, which includes an online testing option. The final testing date for the current paper-based test format will be on June 18, 2023. Currently, the CHSPE has three sections of testing: mathematics, reading comprehension, and language arts. You will need to pass any remaining sections of the test prior to the July 1, 2023 transition. If you have not yet earned a Certificate of Proficiency before the July 1, 2023 transition, you will need to begin the testing process again by taking the new test series; sections and subtests previously passed in the current test series will no longer be valid.