All California public school students must satisfy the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) requirement, as well as all other state and local requirements, in order to receive a high school diploma. The CAHSEE is divided into two parts: English-language arts and mathematics. All questions on the CAHSEE are evaluated by committees of content experts, including California educators, teachers, and administrators, to ensure the questions’ appropriateness for measuring the designated California academic content standards in English-language arts and mathematics. In addition to content, all items are reviewed and approved to ensure their adherence to the principles of fairness and to ensure no bias exists with respect to characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, and language.
This document combines released test questions that have appeared on the mathematics part of the CAHSEE since the 2000–2001 school year, and contains new test questions from the 2007–2008 school year. A similar document for English-language arts is also available. The questions are grouped by strand (e.g., Number Sense). At the beginning of each strand section is a list of the specific standards assessed on the CAHSEE. Following a group of questions is a table that gives the correct answer for each question, the content standard each question is measuring, and the year each question originally appeared on the CAHSEE.
The following table lists each strand, the number of items that appear on the exam, and the number of released test questions that appear in this document.
In selecting test questions for release, three criteria are used: (1) the questions adequately cover the content standards assessed on the CAHSEE; (2) the questions demonstrate a range of difficulty; and (3) the questions present a variety of ways each standard can be assessed. These released test questions do not reflect all of the ways the standards may be assessed. Released test questions will not appear on future tests.
California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) Mathematics Released Test Questions (Answer Key)
Disclaimer: This is a sample of California High School Exit Examination questions. This is NOT an operational test form. Test scores cannot be projected based on performance on released test questions. Copyright © 2008 by the California Department of Education.