Accommodations

There are three types of special requests:

Accommodations

 

An accommodation is a change in how a test is presented, how a test is administered, or how an examinee responds. Accommodations allow the examinee to participate in the test but do not fundamentally alter what the test measures or affect the comparability of examinee scores.

 

Accommodations are possible only if

(a) you have a disability, are regularly provided accommodations in the classroom, or are a designated English learner, and

(b) you provide specified documentation regarding your need for accommodations.

Because all accommodations may not be available in all test areas, if you are approved for testing with accommodations, you may be assigned to an alternate test area.

Click here to download a list of accommodations by type

Requesting Accommodations

To request accommodations, you must submit all of the following by the accommodation registration deadline:

  1. Completed registration form

  2. Payment: by credit or debit card if using electronic registration, or money order or bank-issued cashier’s check

  3. Proof of eligibility

  4. Accommodations Request Form (PDF)

  5. Supporting documentation (described below.)

Candidates initially granted accommodations for a CHSPE testing session may use the same accommodations during subsequent CHSPE administrations without supplying supporting documentation each time as long as the documentation originally provided is within 36 months of the upcoming test date. You will still need to complete and submit the accommodations request form along with your registration form and payment, prior to the regular registration deadline. On your accommodations request form, indicate the accommodations you are requesting and note on the form that these have been previously approved.

All requests and documentation must be received by the accommodation registration deadline. The CHSPE Office will review your request and documentation. Though the review process rarely takes more than five weeks, you are strongly encouraged to submit your registration and request for accommodations as early as possible. You will be notified by mail of the accommodations that have been approved. If you have not been notified two weeks prior to the test administration date, contact the CHSPE Office.

You must provide proper documentation for accommodations as described below. Requests for accommodations that are not supported by the required documentation will be denied.

October XX, 2020 Exam

 

Request deadline:

September xx, 2020

March XX, 2021 Exam

Request deadline:

February xx, 2021

June XX, 2021 Exam

 

Request deadline:

May xx, 2021

Accommodation Request Deadlines

Supporting Documentation

To support your request for accommodations, you must complete the Accommodations Request Form and attach the required documentation. If registering electronically, you may e-mail supporting documentation to the CHSPE Office.

 

Five acceptable types of supporting documentation are acceptable for any accommodation except the school accommodation letter, which is only acceptable for certain accommodations as indicated on the Accommodations Request Form.

 

Only one type of document is needed to support a requested accommodation, and one document could be used to support more than one accommodation. Any documentation you submit must be dated within 36 months prior to the testing date for which you wish to register.

Click here to download a list of accommodation supporting documentation

Sunday Testing

If you are unable to take the test on a Saturday due to religious convictions, you can take the test on the Sunday immediately following the Saturday test date. To request Sunday testing for religious reasons, you must submit all of the following by the late registration deadline:

  1. Completed registration form

  2. Payment: by credit or debit card if using electronic registration, or money order or bank-issued cashier's check in the appropriate amount

  3. Proof of eligibility

  4. A letter from a clergy member that:

    • Is on the clergy member's professional letterhead

    • States that your religious convictions prohibit Saturday testing

    • Is dated and signed by that clergy member

 

If you have previously taken the CHSPE on an alternate date since January 2003, you do not need to include another letter from a clergy member. Your letter will be on file at the CHSPE Office. Please note this on your registration form.

Your registration materials and clergy letter must be received by the late registration deadline. You will be notified of your Sunday testing date on your Admission Ticket.

The following locations offer Sunday Testing:

xxxx - Fresno - Fresno County

xxxx - Glendale - Los Angeles County

xxxx - Woodland Hills - Los Angeles County

xxxx - Santa Clarita - Los Angeles County

xxxx - Anaheim - Orange County

xxxx - Riverside - Riverside County

xxxx - Rancho Cordova - Sacramento County

xxxx - Atascadero - San Luis Obispo County

October XX, 2020 Exam

 

Request deadline:

September xx, 2020

March XX, 2021 Exam

Request deadline:

February xx, 2021

June XX, 2021 Exam

 

Request deadline:

May xx, 2021

Sunday Testing Request Deadlines

 

Physical Needs

 

Most test sites and testing rooms are physically accessible to all examinees. To help ensure that your needs are met, if you are impacted by one or more of the situations listed below or have other needs related to test site access, be sure to submit a letter that states your need along with your other registration materials.

  • Use a wheelchair or crutches

  • Temporary cast

  • Special seating or access needs

  • Need to maintain your blood sugar

Content produced by the Sacramento County Office of Education for the California Department of Education.

The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is a testing program established by California law (Education Code Section 48412).