What is the Passing Score for the California Supplemental Exam for Landscape Architects?

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What is the Passing Score for the CSE Exam?

Recently, I was asked what the minimum passing score is for the California Supplemental Exam for landscape architects. This is a good question. After digging through everything that the Landscape Architect Technical Committee (LATC) had on their website, I could not find a definitive answer.

The California Supplemental Exam Candidate Guide only had this to say about passing scores:

“The passing score is based upon minimally acceptable
competence criteria that represents the skills required for
entry-level practice. The passing score is established by
licensed landscape architects with assistance from test
development specialists.”

It seems that LATC will not tell landscape architect candidates exactly how many questions they must answer correctly to pass the exam. However, the LARE is the same way.

Here is my advice:

Identify what topics are on the exam and study the areas where you know you could use some extra studying. If you are from out-of-state, learn everything you can about California native plants. The exam covers many plant-related topics. Additionally, know your California state agencies and regulations.

Prepare for the California Supplemental Exam just like you did for the Landscape Architect Registration Exam (LARE). The CSE is a serious exam, and you need to know the test material if you want to pass the exam the first time.


John is a landscape architect who is currently preparing to take the California Supplemental Exam to become licensed in California. He is currently a licensed professional landscape architect in Georgia and Florida. John graduated from California State University, Pomona with a BSLA degree in landscape architecture in 1997 and has extensive practice experience in residential and commercial landscape design.

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