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The first requirement is that the aspirants had attended at least two semesters of the 10th grade and be 16-years or older. The test is held three times a year, so you must register electronically or in the CHSPE office before your preferred date. Register at the  Official CHSPE site.

Who is eligible to take the CHSPE?

CHSPE is thus a viable option to people who do not have a high school diploma. The Test is open to high school students in California who are at least 16 years old and have completed their 10th grade. Students who are currently in the second half of their 10th grade are also qualified to sit for CHSPE. The CHSPE is comparable to GED although the latter requires candidates to be of 18 years and covers subject areas that CHSPE does not cover areas such as social studies and science.

The current cost is $130. The payment can only be made by cashier's check or money order, and by credit card when registering online. Accommodations are made for homeless, who can submit a homeless youth or foster youth fee waiver request.
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The score of each section of the test goes from 250 to 450.

The English-languages Arts section as two parts; The Reading subtest and the Languages subtest.

The minimum score to pass the Reading subtest is 350, the score of the Language subtest is a combination of the right answers in the multiple-choice questions and the development in the writing task scores. Go to the official CHSPE site to calculate this score.

The minimum score for the Mathematics section is 350 or higher.

The results are delivered by mail, about 5 weeks after you’ve taken the test. If you passed, certificate will be delivered with the results.

If you don’t receive your results in 5 weeks contact the CHSPE office right away.

Can I use Calculator?

Calculators are allowed in the Mathematics section of the CHSPE, but with some limitations. For example, it must be a solar-powered or battery-powered basic calculator, which means non-scientific, non-programmable and non-statistical calculator.

Also, you cannot share your calculator with other examinees, to avoid that the aspirants use them to share information during the test.

Calculators that are NOT permitted are:

  • Statistical calculators
  • Scientific calculators
  • Programmable calculators
  • Any other calculator that can enter letters along with numbers, that makes noise, prints, or have raised screens.

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The CHSPE reading section has 54 reading questions which includes reading comprehension and vocabulary questions.

  • Drawing logical conclusions
  • Identify the author’s intent to persuade, inform, entertain, or otherwise
  • Make predictions
  • Analyze and evaluate the use of text structure to solve problems or identify sequences
  • Identify the characteristics of a passage types (narrative, expository, technical, persuasive).
  • Give the definition of a word from context
  • Find specific information from a different types of communication (memo, posted notice etc.)

Reading Practice

Reading Comprehension I – 20 questions
Reading Comprehension II – 8 questions
Vocabulary – 11 questions
Vocabulary II – 11 questions

English Language Arts

The CHSPE English and Language Usage section has 48 questions.

  • English Grammar and Usage
  • Meaning in Context (Vocabulary)
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • Sentence Structure

English Language Arts Practice

English Usage – 15 questions
English Grammar – 20 questions
Punctuation – 12 questions


  • Convert decimals, percent, roman numerals and fractions
  • Solve word problems
  • Calculate percent and ratio
  • Operations using fractions, percent and fractions
  • Analyze and interpret tables, graphs and charts
  • Data and Statistics
  • Geometry and measurement
  • Understand and solve simple algebra problems

Math Practice

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Date Published: Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
Date Modified: Thursday, April 25th, 2024