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A MESSAGE TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS

In 1999, California enacted a law requiring that every California public school student pass an examination to receive a high school diploma. 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. Since 1999 hundreds of thousands of students have taken and passed the CAHSEE. We realize that many students and their families find the prospect of taking this test stressful. Therefore, we are pleased to be able to provide students and their parents with this Mathematics Study Guide, which is designed to help students pass the CAHSEE.

The CAHSEE will be administered over two days. On the first day, students will take the English-language arts portion of the test; on the second day, they will take the mathematics portion. All of the questions on the CAHSEE are based on California’s academic content standards in English-language arts and mathematics. These standards outline what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of each school year from kindergarten through high school.

The focus of this study guide is the mathematics part of the exam. It includes questions previously used on the CAHSEE and explains how to determine the correct answers. The guide also gives studying and test-taking tips and answers frequently asked questions. A similar study guide for English-language arts is also available.

Passing the CAHSEE is an achievement for students, and we hope you find this guide helpful. If you have questions or would like more information about the CAHSEE, please contact your high schools principal or your school district’s testing office. The California Department of Educations CAHSEE Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/ is also an excellent resource.

Good luck with this exam!

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