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The primary purpose of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) is to significantly improve pupil achievement in public high schools and to ensure that pupils who graduate from public high schools can demonstrate grade level competency in reading, writing, and mathematics. All California public school students except eligible students with disabilities must satisfy the CAHSEE requirement, as well as all other state and local requirements, in order to receive a high school diploma. The CAHSEE requirement can be satisfied by passing the examination, or for eligible students with disabilities, meeting the exemption requirement pursuant to California Education Code (EC) Section 60852.3, or receiving a local waiver pursuant to EC Section 60851(c).
(Information provided here is from the California Department of Ed website ).

CAHSEE has two parts: English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

  • The ELA part addresses state content standards through grade ten. In reading, this includes vocabulary, decoding, comprehension, and analysis of information and literary texts. In writing, this covers writing strategies, applications, and the conventions of English (e.g. grammar, spelling, and punctuation). 
  • The mathematics part of the CAHSEE addresses state standards in grades six and seven and Algebra I. The exam includes statistics, data analysis and probability, number sense, measurement and geometry, mathematical reasoning, and algebra. Students are also asked to demonstrate a strong foundation in computation and arithmetic, including working with decimals, fractions, and percents. STUDY GUIDES FOR CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM
  • CAHSEE English Study Guide 
  • CAHSEE Math Study Guide

 High School Exit Exam -- Dates TBD      
        2015 Non-Grads, Grade 12 and Adult Ed      
         Grades 11 and 12, Adult Ed, and
                 Non Grads
         Adult Ed/Non-grads and Grade 12 New to CUSD      
         Grade 12 and Adult Ed      
         Grade 10      
         Grades 11 and 12, Grade 10 makeup and Adult Ed      

STAR EXAMS (Standardized Testing and Reports)

The California Standards Tests (CSTs) for English–language arts, mathematics, science, and history–social science are administered only to students in California public schools. Except for a writing component that is administered as part of the grade four and grade seven English–language arts tests, all questions are multiple-choice. These tests were developed specifically to assess students' knowledge of the California content standards.


Click here  For more information about California Standardized and Reporting (STAR) tests and results

Link to STAR Program explanation




Aliso Niguel High School will offer AP tests in the following areas:

  • Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Language, English Literature., Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Government and Politics:US, Physics I, Physics C: Elect./Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, United States History.


For specific testing admission information, please click on the college system listed below:

     University of California

     California State University

     Private and Out of State University


For community college matriculation testing information, please go to the specific college website.