The CHSPE is a voluntary test, given only in English, that assesses proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics skills. The test consists of two test sections: English language arts (which has two subtests, reading and language) and mathematics. More information on the content of the tests can be found on the website under "About the Test".
When and where is the CHSPE offered?
The three administration dates are offered each school year. Most California counties have at least one test administration center. For a list of counties and test centers, go to the registration page on the CHSPE website.
Who is eligible to take the CHSPE?
You may take the CHSPE only if, on the test date, you meet of the following criteria:
You are at least sixteen years old.
You have been enrolled in grade ten for one academic year or longer.
You will complete one academic year of enrollment in grade ten at the end of the semester during which the next regular administration of the CHSPE will be conducted. (Regular administrations are the fall and spring administrations each school year.)
Homeless Youth Fee Wavier Information
The registration fee for the CHSPE will be waived for any examinee who is under twenty-five years of age and can verify his or her status as a homeless youth.
Certified Foster Youth Fee Wavier Information
To qualify for a waiver, a foster youth must submit all standard required registration materials and certification of his or her foster youth status at the time of registration for a test administration. This certification can be provided by the county of residence or the California Department of Social Services. Eligibility for the fee waiver is valid until the certified foster youth reaches twenty-five years of age.
Additional information is located on the website or by phoning 1-866-342-4773.