Challenging Results

The CHSPE multiple-choice questions are machine-scored in a process that is virtually error free if you follow the directions and mark the answer document properly. The writing task is scored by trained readers using the Writing Task Rubric following strict scoring procedures. At least two readers independently score the essay. If you do not pass one or both sections of the CHSPE, however, and you believe that your results do not accurately reflect your performance, you may request that your results be verified for a fee.

To do so, fill out a Results Verification Request Form (PDF), print it out and mail in your request along with a cashier's check or money order for the appropriate fee. The fee is $25.00 for the Mathematics section only, $25.00 for the Reading subtest only, and $35.00 for the Language subtest only. Fees must be paid by a bank-issued cashier's check or money order payable to the California Department of Education. Requests must be received by mail in the CHSPE Office within three months after the test date, and you may only request verification for a specific test section and date once. Requests that are telephoned, faxed, or e-mailed will not be accepted. If the request form is not signed by the examinee, if proper payment is not included, or if the form is received after the deadline, the form will be returned unprocessed.

Challenge Request Deadlines by Test Date
Test Date Request Received By
October 20, 2018 January 25, 2019
March 16, 2019 June 14, 2019
June 15, 2019 September 13, 2019

Upon receipt of the Results Verification Request Form and payment, your CHSPE performance will be reviewed. Your responses to the multiple-choice questions will be scored by hand. For the English Language Arts Language subtest, trained and experienced readers will review your essay and review the scores it originally received to determine if the scores are consistent with the Writing Task Rubric. The CHSPE Office cannot provide feedback on your essay. A result verification will only determine whether or not the original score was correct.

Notification of the outcome of the review will be mailed to you within three weeks of receipt of your request. Results will not be provided by telephone. Following the review, if your results on a section (or subtest) change from "not pass" to "pass," you will be sent a revised score report and your unprocessed money order or bank-issued cashier's check will be returned to you. (Keep the receipt for your money order or cashier's check; you may need it to get your money back in the event you need to return your money order or cashier’s check.) As a result of the review process, if you have passed both CHSPE sections, you will be issued a Certificate of Proficiency, and, if you attend K–12 public school and provided your school's name on your registration form, your name will be added to the roster of passing examinees provided to your school and district. If the review does not result in a change from "not pass" to "pass", you will be notified and your money order or cashier's check will be retained as payment.