California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE)

Spotlight on CAHSEE

What Is the CAHSEE?

All California public school students, except eligible students with disabilities, must pass the CAHSEE to graduate. Students also must meet state and local requirements.

The primary purpose of the CAHSEE is to make sure that students who graduate from high school can show that they are performing at grade level on California’s content standards. The content standards on the CAHSEE include reading, writing, and mathematics. Standards describe what students should know and be able to do at each grade level from kindergarten through grade twelve.

Examination Overview

The exam consists of two parts. The first part includes English–language arts (reading and writing). The second part covers mathematics. All questions are aligned to California’s content standards adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) on July 9, 2003. The English–language arts portion of the CAHSEE tests California’s English–language arts content standards through grade ten. The mathematics portion tests mathematics content standards from grades six and seven, and Algebra I. More information about the content standards covered on the exam can be found online. You can download the CAHSEE exam blueprints from the CDE CAHSEE Web page at


Our school district will receive student results within eight weeks. Students must earn a score of 350 or higher on each part of the CAHSEE (English–language arts and mathematics) to pass. This means a student must get approximately 60 percent correct in English–language arts and 55 percent correct in mathematics. Students who do not pass the exam in grade ten will have more chances in grades eleven and twelve to retake the part(s) not passed.

2014–15 CAHSEE Testing Dates

The CAHSEE testing dates at our school for the 2014–15 school year are as follows:

Grade Ten Students

All grade ten students will take the CAHSEE in March 2015. For grade ten students who are absent, a make-up will be offered in May 2015

Grade Eleven Students

Grade eleven students who have not passed one or both parts of the CAHSEE can take the CAHSEE on October 2014 and will have an additional opportunity, if needed, on March 2015

Grade Twelve Students

Grade twelve students who have not passed one or both parts of the CAHSEE may take the CAHSEE on (insert test date here) and will have additional opportunities, if needed, on (insert additional fall and spring opportunities here).

    Adult Students

Adult students who have not passed one or both parts of the CAHSEE may take the CAHSEE.

We will continue to keep students, parents, and guardians informed about this important examination. More information about the CAHSEE is posted on the CDE CAHSEE Web page at If you have any questions about the CAHSEE, please contact our school office at 310-680-5230.

2014–15 Designated CAHSEE Testing Dates1
English–Language Arts Mathematics Administered To
Tuesday Wednesday
July 22, 2014 July 23, 2014 Adults
October 7, 2014 October 8, 2014 Juniors and Seniors
November 4, 2014 November 5, 2014 Seniors
February 3, 2015 February 4, 2015 Seniors
March 17, 2015 March 18, 2015 Sophomores, Juniors,and Seniors
May 12, 2015 May 13, 2015 Sophomores, Juniors,and Seniors
  • If your school district will offer the December 2014 CAHSEE test administration, please specify that the administration will be held on two consecutive Saturdays.