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To take the CHSPE, you must first register for the exam. We strongly recommend that you use the online system to create a registration form. However, if you would prefer to register by pen and paper, you may choose to download a copy of the Information Bulletin or have a copy of the Information Bulletin mailed to you.
Note: If you need accommodations for a documented disability or need to request Sunday testing for religious reasons, there are special rules and deadlines you will need to follow in addition to the standard instructions.
- For more information on accommodations see instructions for making accommodations requests.
- For more information on Sunday testing see instructions for making Sunday testing requests.
Registration has three essential components:
- filling out the registration form
- proving your eligibility
- mailing the materials to the CHSPE Office with proper payment
This Web site will guide you through the steps necessary to prepare your registration materials for mailing. More detailed directions are found below. When you are ready to begin registering, you may go directly to the registration form.
Filling out the Registration Form
The registration form link on this page will walk you through creating a registration form and preparing all your materials for mailing.
Proving your Eligibility
You may take the CHSPE only if on the test date you:
- are at least 16 years old, or
- have been enrolled in the tenth grade for one academic year or longer, or
- will complete one academic year of enrollment in the tenth grade at the end of the semester during which the next regular administration will be conducted. (Regular administrations are the fall and spring administration each school year.)
You must prove your eligibility as part of the registration process. If you are reregistering and have previously taken CHSPE since January 2003, your proof of eligibility is on file and does not need to be resubmitted.
There are two methods you can use to prove your eligibility to take the CHSPE.
Method A involves sending in a copy of an official document that verifies your date of birth.
Method B involves having your school verify your eligibility to test.
If you will be 16 years of age or older on the test date, you may use either Method A or Method B. If you will be under 16 years of age on the test date, you must use Method B.
To use method A: Submit one of the following documents that shows your name and birth date or grade level (if grade 11 or higher) with your registration form . This document will not be returned.
- A copy of your driver license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles
- A copy of your U.S. certified birth certificate issued by a city, county or state (Hospital certificates are not acceptable documents for proof of eligibility.)
- A copy of your passport (the page with name and birth date only)
- A copy of your identification card issued by:
- The Department of Motor Vehicles
- The U.S. military,
- A high school,
- A post-secondary school, or
- The U.S. or a foreign government
- A copy of your U.S. Permanent Resident Card
- A copy of your Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certificate of Birth Abroad
- A copy of your foreign birth certificate
- A school transcript with school seal
- An original school letter of identification as described on the Identification page
To use method B: The School Eligibility Verification Section on your registration form must be completed by one of the following at a California high school: the principal, director, vice principal, counselor, registrar, or site administrator identified on a Private School Affidavit (R-4) or statement in lieu of the Affidavit. The school official may not be a relative unless the school has a current R-4 or statement in lieu of the Affidavit. (State law does not permit school officials to require parental permission before verifying an applicant's eligibility to take the test.) The School Eligibility Verification Section must include a school's official seal. Make sure that the school's County-District-School (CDS) code is provided. If the school does not have a CDS code, you must include a copy of your school's R-4 or statement in lieu of the Affidavit. Students enrolled outside the state of California may not use Method B to demonstrate eligibility.
NOTE: Photo identification is required to gain entrance to the test center. In addition to what you submit for proof of your eligibility, an acceptable form of photo identification must be presented at the time of check-in, or you will not be admitted to the test. Some items accepted for proof of eligibility are not accepted for entrance to the exam. For more information on acceptable identification, review the Photo Identification page.
Sending your Materials to the CHSPE Office with Proper Payment
The cost for the CHSPE is based on the date when the completed materials are received at the CHSPE Office. Materials are considered to have arrived when they are received in their complete form. If your materials are incomplete or incorrect when they arrive, they are not considered "received" until the date when they are completed or corrected. For each test date, there are three standard registration deadlines. Each deadline carries its own non-refundable* fee. In order to meet a deadline, your completed registration form, proof of eligibility, and a cashier's check or money order made out to the California Department of Education must be received in the CHSPE Office by 5 p.m. on the deadline date.
Payment must be made in the form of a money order or cashier's check made out to the "California Department of Education."
DO NOT SEND A PERSONAL CHECK. IF YOU SEND A PERSONAL CHECK, YOU WILL NOT BE REGISTERED.
If you require special accommodations or Sunday testing, there are special deadlines for these requests. Be sure to read and follow all the directions for making special requests.
* Withdrawals received prior to the regular registration deadline will qualify for a partial refund. For more information see the Changes and Withdrawal page.
Regular Registration Deadline
(The regular registration deadline is also the deadline to request special accommodations. For more information see instructions for making accommodations requests.)
To be eligible for regular registration, your completed registration form, proof of eligibility, and a cashier's check or money order for $110.00 must be received in the CHSPE Office by 5:00 p.m. on the regular registration deadline. Incomplete registration materials received on or before the regular registration deadline will be returned unprocessed with a letter informing you of the problem.
|Test Date||Regular Registration Deadline
|Oct. 20, 2012||Sept. 21, 2012|
|Mar. 16, 2013||Feb. 15, 2013|
|June 15, 2013||May 17, 2013|
Late Registration Deadline
(The late registration deadline is also the deadline to request Sunday Testing. For more information see instructions for making requests for Sunday testing.)
If you miss the regular registration deadline, you may register during the late registration period. Accommodations requests are not accepted during the late registration period. To be eligible for late registration, your completed registration form, proof of eligibility, and a cashier's check or money order for $135.00 must be received in the CHSPE Office by 5:00 p.m. on the late registration deadline. If your registration materials are received during the late registration period and they are incomplete, you will be notified of how to complete your registration. If your materials do not include the full late registration fee, you will be notified and your test results will not be released until your account is paid in full.
|Test Date||Late Registration Deadline
(Sunday Testing Deadline)
|Oct. 20, 2012||Oct. 5, 2012|
|Mar. 16, 2013||Mar. 1, 2013|
|June 15, 2013||May 31, 2013|
Emergency Registration Deadline
If you miss both the regular and late registration deadlines, you may register during the emergency registration period on a space-available basis in selected test areas. To be eligible for emergency registration, your completed registration form, proof of eligibility, and cashier's check or money order for $160.00 must be received in the CHSPE Office by 5:00 p.m. on the emergency registration deadline. If your registration materials are received during the emergency registration period and they are incomplete, you will be notified of how to complete your registration. If your materials do not include the full emergency registration fee, you will be notified and your test results will not be released until your account is paid in full. Accommodations and Sunday testing are not available during the emergency registration period. Emergency registration is limited to specific test areas, subject to space availability. Assignments are made on a first come, first serve basis.
|Test Date||Emergency Registration Deadline|
|Oct. 20, 2012||Oct. 16, 2012|
|Mar. 16, 2013||Mar. 12, 2013|
|June 15, 2013||June 11, 2013|