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Proficiency Test

About Proficiency Testing

The Adult School provides testing certification in math, reading, and writing. These proficiency tests are given the third Tuesday of each month, (except July and December).

Effective July 1, 2019, the following policies, procedures, and costs will be in effect for all proficiency tests administered at Bakersfield Adult School.

Time: 5:00 p.m. Test candidates should report no later than this time to complete forms, pay fees, and have identity verified. The tests are timed and will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. It will take approximately three hours to complete the battery of three tests. 

Cost: $10.00 (for all tests)

Individual Tests:

  • Reading - $2.00
  • Math - $2.00
  • Writing - $6.00


Materials Needed:
Ink pen and #2 pencil

All examinees must have picture identification. Acceptable picture identification includes a California driver's license or I.D. card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, passport, military I.D. card, or government I.D. card. The examinees name, birth date, signature, and photograph must appear on the above or on some combination of the above. A temporary driver's license, social security card, or birth certificate is not sufficient to prove identification.

Testing Dates

*No tests are given in July and December.

*Cash Only*

Tests are given on the third Tuesday of each month with the following exception:

22/23 Proficiency Dates:

  • 8/23 -> August 23rd
  • 9/20 -> September 20th
  • 10/18 -> October 18th
  • 11/15 -> November 15th
  • 12/20 -> December 20th
  • 1/17 -> January 17th
  • 2/21 -> February 21st
  • 3/21 -> March 21st
  • 4/18 -> April 18th
  • 5/16 -> May 16th
  • 6/20 -> June 20th
  • *July – No Test

Reservations are not required to take the test; however, if additional information is needed, call Bakersfield Adult School at (661) 835-1855.