# Would you pass the California Proficiency Exam?

Here are some sample test questions taken from the exam’s Web site at www.chspe.com. Try it! 1. If 32 employees contributed to a welfare fund and the remaining 8 did not, what percent of the employees did NOT contribute? A. 8% B. 20% C. 25% D. 40% 2. Patty’s Video Rentals rents 19-inch television sets […]

Here are some sample test questions taken from the exam’s Web site at www.chspe.com. Try it!

1. If 32 employees contributed to a welfare fund and the remaining 8 did not, what percent of the employees did NOT contribute?

A. 8% B. 20% C. 25% D. 40%

2. Patty’s Video Rentals rents 19-inch television sets for an initial charge of $2, plus $3 a day, and 25-inch television sets for $6, plus $2 a day. For how many days at most is it cheaper to rent a 19-inch television set?

A. 3 B. 4 C. 5 D. 6

3. Robert must choose one of four solid chocolate candies. Which one of the following shapes will give him the MOST chocolate?

A. A cube 1-inch on a side

B. A sphere 1-inch in diameter

C. A cylinder 1-inch in height and 1-inch in diameter

D. A pyramid 1-inch in height and a 1-inch square base

4. What type of guaranty does it have?

A. The underlined word is spelled correctly.

B. The underlined word is spelled incorrectly.

5. It was the best advise I could give him.

A. The underlined word is spelled correctly.

B. The underlined word is spelled incorrectly.

6. To find the number of babies born in the United States last year, you would consult:

A. an encyclopedia

B. a thesaurus

C. an almanac

D. an atlas

7. The midpoints of all radii of a circle with the radius 4 inches form

A. a circle with radius 2 inches

B. a diameter of the circle

C. a sphere of radius 2 inches

D. the center of the circle

8. The word "restrained" means the OPPOSITE of:

A. small B. refined C. expansive

D. acclaimed

9. Which of the following words is the most GENERAL?

A. state B. country C. continent D. city

10. If a boy who is x years old now is twice the age of his sister, how old will his sister be 5 years from now?

A. (2x + 10) years

B. (2x + 5) years

C. (x/2 + 5) years

D. (x + 5/2) years

(For answers see below)

** SAMPLE ESSAY TOPIC:**

All of us have had a teacher who has had a great influence on us. Describe in detail the characteristics of that teacher, how the teacher affected your education and life, and what would you like to say to him/her today. The heading of your essay should be ""Favorite Teacher.""

Answers to test:

1. B

2. A

3. A

4. A

5. B

6. C

7. A

8. C

9. C

10. C