Proficiency Test

About Proficiency Testing

The Adult School provides testing certification in math, reading, and writing. These proficiency tests are given on 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 their 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, a passport, a military I.D. card, or a government I.D. card. The examinee's 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:

23/24 Proficiency Dates:


  • August 22, 2023
  • September 19, 2023
  • October 17, 2023
  • November 14, 2023
  • December 19, 2023
  • January 16, 2024
  • February 20, 2024
  • March 19, 2024
  • April 16, 2024
  • May 21, 2024
  • June 18, 2024
  • 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.