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Completing High School

You will have more options after high school if you complete your traditional high school program and receive a standard high school diploma.To see what it takes to earn a traditional high school diploma, check out the information at High School Graduation Requirements.

While traditional high school is the best way to go, there may be circumstances which interfere with getting your diploma. If this happens, it’s helpful to know California provides two testing options, the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE), and the General Educational Development Test (GED®). These options may not be acceptable to some post-secondary education or training programs, including the military. So before considering either one, carefully research the requirements of any post-high school options you are considering.

1. California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)

CHSPE is a test for students who need to verify high school level skills. In some cases, students take the test and leave high school early to work or attend college. Students who pass the test receive a Certificate of Proficiency from the State Board of Education. This certificate is equal by law to a California high school diploma. There is a fee to take the test.

2. General Educational Development Test (GED®)

The GED test is for adults who do not have a high school diploma. Those who pass the test receive a California High School Equivalency Certificate. Not all postsecondary schools and employers accept the GED so make sure you do your research. The 2014 GED test is offered in a computer-based format, although paper-based versions of the 2002 GED test are currently available for test takers requiring accommodations those at correctional facilities participating in the Transitional Waiver Program. More information about the GED may be found at the GED Testing Service website.