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Preparation Steps

Prior to Testing

If you have any questions or need information on the day of the test (Saturday), you may call the CHSPE Office toll-free at 866-342-4773 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you test on a Sunday, the CHSPE office will be available by phone from 7 a.m. to noon.

Confirmation E-mail

Once your registration materials are received and processed, if you provided a valid e-mail address, you will receive an e-mail confirming your registration. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail and you supplied a valid e-mail address, contact the CHSPE Office.

Photo Identification

If you have not already done so, you must arrange for Photo Identification. You will not be admitted to the test site without acceptable photo identification.

Admission Ticket

Once your registration materials have been processed, you will be mailed an admission ticket approximately three weeks before the test date. If you registered during the emergency registration period, an admission ticket will be both mailed and e-mailed to you. If you did not provide a valid e-mail address, you will be contacted by telephone rather than e-mail. You may also print your admission ticket from the user portal on the CHSPE Web site. The admission ticket will show your name and address, and the portions of the test you have previously passed (if any). If you reported that you are enrolled in grade 12 or below, your admission ticket will also show your school and district. This information will be taken from your registration form.

The admission ticket will also indicate your CHSPE identification number and specify your test date, reporting time, and the name and address of your assigned test site. Read your admission ticket carefully. It contains instructions vital to your success. Keep a record of your CHSPE identification number. It will be useful in communicating with the CHSPE Office.

What to do when you receive your admission ticket:

  1. Verify your personal information.

    Verify the spelling of your name, because:
    1. The name on your admission ticket must match the name on your photo identification required for admission to the test site
    2. If you pass, this is the name that will appear on the Certificate of Proficiency
    3. If you are reregistering and your name does not match the name you used previously, you may not get credit for portions you have already passed
    If your name is incorrect above, notify the CHSPE Office immediately at 866-342-4773.
  2. Verify your school and district along with your contact information. If you are currently enrolled in a public school, verify that your school and district are accurate, because they will be notified if you pass. If the school, district, phone number, or e-mail address are incorrect, complete and submit a Registration Information Correction Form available in your user portal. The form will also be available at the test site on the day of the test. The information that you provide on the Registration Information Correction Form will become part of your registration record and will completely replace any information you provided previously.
  3. Verify your completion status shown in the upper right corner of the front page. If your completion status is incorrect, notify the CHSPE Office immediately at 866-342-4773.
  4. Verify directions to your test site. You are responsible for your own directions to the test site. Directions are available on the Test Locations page, but you should verify the directions and the route in advance.

    You must report to the test site printed on the ticket. If you go to a test site other than the one designated on your admission ticket, you will not be admitted.
  5. Gather the materials you will need for the test:
    1. Identification
      You must present identification issued by your school, employer, or city/state/ federal government. Both the name in which you registered, and a clear, recognizable photograph of yourself must appear. There is a list of acceptable forms of photo identification on the Photo Identification page.

      You will not be admitted to the test without proper identification.
    2. Admission Ticket (Optional)
      Your admission ticket confirms that you are registered to take the test on the date and at the test site specified. You do not need your admission ticket to be admitted. You only need to be at the proper location on time with proper ID.
    3. Pencils
      You must bring several sharpened #2 pencils.
    4. Calculator (Optional)
      You may bring a four-function, non-statistical, non-scientific, non-programmable calculator. See the instructions for acceptable calculators.
  6. Report to the test site on time. Report to the test site before 8:00 a.m. regardless of which part(s) of the test you plan to take. If you arrive after 8:00 a.m., and the proctors have begun reading the test directions, you will not be admitted to the exam. Allow extra time to reach your test site in case of delays. If you are not admitted, you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind. The time it takes to check candidates into the test site, seat them, and read them the directions can vary significantly. The actual testing time is 3 1/2 hours regardless of when the directions are completed. Examinees are usually released between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. You may be excused from the test session when you have completed the part(s) of the test you wish to take. If you do not arrive at the test site on time, you may still be able to change your test date, but you must act right away. Please see "Changing Your Test Date" below.

Changing Your Test Date

Important Notice: As of April 1, 2014, the California Department of Education (CDE) has decided to postpone the scheduled change in test series for the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE). This test series change is dependent on the approval of a one-year contract for the 2014-15 school year. All portions of the CHSPE that were passed since 2004 remain valid and will count toward earning a Certificate of Proficiency. The CHSPE test series will not change until after the March 21, 2015 test administration. At that time, examinees who have not yet earned a Certificate of Proficiency by May 1, 2015 may need to begin the testing process again in the new test series. Sections and subtests previously passed in the current test series may cease to be valid.

If you have already registered but need to change your test date, take the following steps:

Before the regular registration deadline:

  1. Complete and submit the Change of Test Date Request Form, which is available in your user portal, and submit it to the CHSPE Office.
  2. If the CHSPE Office receives the form by the regular registration deadline of your currently assigned test date, there is no fee to make the change.

After the regular registration deadline and before noon on test day:

  1. Complete and submit the Change of Test Date Request Form, which is available in your user portal, and submit it to the CHSPE Office.
  2. If the CHSPE Office receives the form between the regular registration deadline and noon of your currently assigned test date, you must pay a $50.00 transfer fee.
    • The CHSPE Office must receive the $50.00 transfer fee by the regular registration deadline for the new test date. If the CHSPE Office does not receive the fee by the regular registration deadline for the new test date, your test date will not be changed, and you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind. The form and fee may be submitted separately.
Test Date Deadline to
Transfer Free
(Received Date)
Deadlines to Transfer with Fee
Form Deadline
(12:00 noon)
Fee Deadline
(Received Date)
Transfer Fee
October 18, 2014 Sept. 19, 2014 Oct. 18, 2014 Regular reg. deadline for your new test date $50.00
March 21, 2015 Transfers from March 21, 2015 to future test dates may not be allowed. Check with the CHSPE Office at (866) 342-4773

Test Day Schedule

Report to your assigned test site before 8:00 a.m., regardless of which part(s) of the test you plan on taking. Be aware that other examinees may be signing in and that there may be a line.

If you arrive after the examiner begins reading instructions, you will not be permitted to enter the testing room. You will be counted as an absentee, and you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Depending on the length of time required for check-in, the test administration is expected to end between 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The actual testing time is 3.5 hours. During the testing time, you may take the Mathematics section, the English-language Arts Language subtest, or the English-language Arts Reading subtest, or any combination of the three.

Test Rules

The CHSPE is an extremely high-stakes examination. Those who pass the test earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. As such the security and administrative rules at the test site are very strictly enforced. Any misbehavior or failure to follow instructions may result in your dismissal and the invalidation of your scores. You must follow all instructions provided in this Web site and given to you either orally or in writing by test site personnel. During the test administration (including restroom breaks), you may not communicate with other examinees or anyone other than the testing staff in any way. If you communicate with another person taking the test, receive assistance from anyone other than the testing staff during the test administration, try to take the test for someone else, have someone take the test for you, use prohibited items, fail to keep your cell phone put away under your desk, have a cell phone that makes noise, vibrates, or is found to be on, or do not follow instructions, you will be dismissed and your test results will be voided. If you bring a calculator, you must abide by the rules related to calculators.

Visitors Not Allowed

Visitors are not permitted in the testing area. Friends and relatives must remain outside of the testing area. If at any time during the exam you have contact with anyone other than testing site staff without permission, you will be dismissed, and your results will be voided.

Upon Completion of the Exam

Once you have completed the parts of the test you wish to take (Mathematics, English-language Arts Language subtest and/or English-language Arts Reading subtest), you may be excused from the test session. Before you are excused, all of your test materials will be collected and checked. You may not reenter the test site once you have been dismissed. At the end of the test session, all test materials will be collected and checked, and all remaining examinees will be excused.

Test Administration Comments

If you have any comments about the test site or the administration of the test, please detail your comments in a letter or e-mail and send it to the CHSPE Office immediately following the examination.