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Students in California who are at least 16, and have completed the tenth grade, or are currently enrolled in the second half of their tenth grade year, are eligible to take the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE). In some ways the test is similar to the GED, but in some ways it's different. A person must be at least 18 to take the GED test, and that test includes subject areas like science and social studies, which don't appear on the CHSPE test.

The CHSPE test consists of two sections-math and English. It's a timed test, which lasts three and a half hours, but you may spend as little or as much time on either section as you like. Basic non-scientific, non-programmable calculators are allowed. The English language skills section does have a writing requirement, but the rest is multiple choice, featuring 84 questions testing for reading comprehension ,analysis , reading for information, grammar, structure, and vocabulary. The math section is all multiple choice and consists of 50 questions about your knowledge of algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, patterns, and problem solving abilities.

You must pass both sections, but if you fail one or both, you can retake the test as many times as you like, and once you've passed either section you won't have to take it again. Scores range from 250-450 on each section, and you must achieve at least a 350 to pass either section. Your scores will be mailed to you a few weeks after taking the test. If you don't have a high school diploma, the CHSPE test is a good option, as state law requires that businesses and organizations treat it as a high school diploma.

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1. Oscar was truly sad to be enforcing the hateful judgement.

  1. truly
  2. enforcing
  3. hateful
  4. judgement

2. When they hurried the magnificent conveyance along, they were sure that they would be victoryous.

  1. hurried
  2. magnificent
  3. conveyance
  4. victoryous

3. Professor Rinkie told the story but preferred omitting the forgettable occurence with the horses.

  1. preferred
  2. omitting
  3. forgettable
  4. occurence

The following sentences test your ability to recognize grammar and usage errors. Each sentence contains either one error or no error at all. No sentence contains more than one error. The error, if there is one, is underlined. If the sentence contains an error, select the underlined part that must be changed to make the sentence correct. If the sentence is correct, select choice D.

4. The information that (a) he was given by the two doctors (b) make him realize how much his (c) grandfather’s health had declined. (d) No error.

5. Quincy and his son Zane, (a) neither of (b) whom enjoy sporting events, (c) is going to see a movie instead. (d) No error.

The following passage is followed by a series of questions to test the ability to refer to a text to obtain information or to obtain the information through reasoning. Referral questions are derived from material explicitly stated in a passage. Reasoning items test the ability to make appropriate inferences. Select the best choice from the multiple-choice alternatives that follow the text.

Passage 1

Tomato plants should be started in window boxes or greenhouses in late March so that they will be ready for the garden after the last frost. Use a soil of equal parts of sand, peat moss and manure, and plant the seeds about a quarter of an inch deep. After covering, water them through a cloth to protect the soil and cover the box with a pane of glass. Keep the box in a warm place for a few days, then place it in a sunny window. After the second leaf makes its appearance on the seedling, transplant the plant to another box, placing the seedlings two inches apart. Another alternative is to put the sprouted seedlings in four-inch pots, setting them deeper in the soil than they stood in the seed bed. To make the stem stronger, pinch out the top bud when the seedlings are four or five inches in height.

Finally, place the plants in their permanent positions after they have grown to be twelve or fifteen inches high. When transplanting, parts of some of the longest leaves should be removed. Large plants may be set five or six inches deep.

The soil should be fertilized the previous season. Fresh, stable manure, used as fertilizer, would delay the time of fruiting. To improve the condition of the soil, work in a spade full of old manure to a depth of at least a foot. Nitrate of soda, applied at about two hundred pounds per acre, may be used to give the plant a good start.

Plants grown on supports may be set two feet apart in the row, with the rows three or four feet apart depending upon the variety. Plants not supported by stakes or other methods should be set four feet apart.

Unsupported vines give a lighter yield and much of the fruit is likely to rot during the wet seasons. Use well sharpened stakes about two inches in diameter and five feet long. Drive the stakes into the ground at least six inches from the plants so that the roots will not be injured. Tie the tomato vines to the stakes with strings made out of strips of cloth, as twine is likely to cut them. Care must be taken not to wrap the limbs so tightly as to interfere with their growth. The training should start before the plants begin to trail on the ground.

6. What is the overall purpose of this passage?

  1. To describe how soil should be treated in order to plant tomatoes.
  2. To give an overview of how tomato plants are cultured.
  3. To teach the reader how to operate a farm.
  4. To describe a method of supporting tomato vines.

7. According to the passage, why is late March the best time to germinate tomato seeds?

  1. The last frost has already passed by this time.
  2. It is warm enough by then to germinate them in window boxes.
  3. By the time the last frost passes, they will be ready to transplant outdoors.
  4. The seeds might not be fertile if one were to wait longer.

Select the word(s) that best fit the meaning of each sentence.

8. The teacher ______ her students when they gave the wrong answer.

  1. commended
  2. applauded
  3. belittled
  4. praised

9. Many rainforest species have ______ due to deforestation.

  1. perished
  2. persisted
  3. survived
  4. immigrated

10. 1/3 + 1/4 =

  1. 2/7
  2. 1/7
  3. 7/12
  4. 7/8

11. A hotel charges $48.00 per day for a room. In addition, there is a 7% tax. What is the total cost for the room for one night?

  1. $48.00
  2. $51.36
  3. $55.00
  4. $81.60


1. D: The correct spelling is judgment.

2. D: The correct spelling is victorious.

3. D: The correct spelling is occurrence.

4. B: The verb tense is incorrect. It should be “made” rather than “make.”

5. C: The verb “is” is singular, and does not agree with the plural subject “Quincy and his son Zane.” The verb should be “are” instead.

6. B: The passage gives general instructions for tomato plant culture from seeding to providing support for the vines. Answers A and D are too specific, focusing on details of the text. Answer C is too general: the passage does not fully describe how to operate a farm.

7. C: The passage states that seeds germinated in late March will be ready for the garden after the last frost.

8. C: “Wrong answer” is a clue that indicates a negative word. Belittled means to criticize. All the other answer choices have a positive connotation and, therefore, do not fit the intended meaning of the sentence.

9. A: Deforestation would have a negative effect on the rainforest: therefore, perished is the only word that makes sense in the context of the sentence.

10. C: To add fractions with different denominators, find the Least Common Multiple of the denominators, convert the fractions, and then add:

11. B: Multiply the cost of the room by the tax:
$48.00 x .07 = $3.36
Add the total tax to the cost of the room:
$48.00 + $3.36 = $51.36

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