GED & High School Equivalency Exams

  • (GED) General Equivalency Diploma:
    The GED is the High School Equivalency test taken by adults who did not complete high school. The test material & requirements are the same in every state. GED Participants must meet one of the following requirements:
    1. Be 18 years old
    2. Be within 60 days of one’s 18th birthday
    3. Would be a member of a high school class due to 
        graduate within 60 days
    4. Present a letter from an armed services recruiter

    Every Adult School in the area offers the GED test as well as preparation programs before taking it. For more information you should contact one of the local Adult Schools by going to our Adult Schools link.

    CHSPE (CHSPE) California High School Proficiency Exam:
    Not to be confused with the (GED) or the (CAHSEE), the CHSPE is the exam that will allow a minor (who meets the following criteria) to earn a high school equivalency certificate in the state of California.   There are two methods for verifying eligibility to take the CHSPE. If you are under 16 years of age, you must use Method B. If you are 16 years of age or older, you may use either Method A or Method B. If you are reregistering and have previously taken CHSPE, your proof of eligibility is on file.

    Method A: Submit with your Registration Form one of the following documents that shows your name and birth date. This document will not be returned.

    • a copy of your driver license
    • a copy of your identification card 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 U.S. military, a high school, a post-secondary school, or the U.S. or a foreign government (must show birth date)
    • 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
    • an original notarized statement that you are at least 16 years old with original notary stamp and signature
    • an original school letter of identification as described on the CHSPE  page

    Method B: Have the School Eligibility Verification section on your Registration Form completed by one of the following: the principal, vice principal, counselor, or registrar at a public or private high school. If you are currently enrolled in a school, this section should be completed by one of the above-mentioned persons at your school. (State law does not permit school officials to require parental permission before verifying an applicant's eligibility to take the test.) Make sure that your school's CDS code is provided. If your school does not have a CDS code, you must include a copy of your school's Private School Affidavit (R-4), and have the person identified as the site administrator sign your Registration Form.

    For more CHSPE information, as well as how to register go to the CHSPE website

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Last Modified on August 7, 2016