High School Equivalency in NYC
The TASC test is a 5-part test offered at testing centers throughout New York for those seeking to earn an equivalent high school diploma. There are many ways to prepare for TASC testing in New York City, including programs through the City University of New York (CUNY) system and the New York City Department of Education.
TASC Testing Requirements in New York City
Most of New York State's requirements for the TASC also apply to New York City. For example, all applicants for the test must provide identification and proof that they have lived in New York for 30+ days prior to the test. Individuals 19 and older who have not yet earned a diploma and are not currently enrolled in high school can take the TASC exam without submitting additional eligibility proof. Students 17-18 can also register to take the TASC exam when certain conditions are met. New York City's requirements may differ slightly from the state's for 16-year olds. Details on NYC's conditions can be found online under the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) adult education heading (www.acces.nysed.gov).
TASC Test Details
Individuals can download and fill out the application form and follow instructions to register for the test, which is administered at testing centers around the state; centers may offer the test on computer, on paper, or both. In New York, eligible applicants who provide the full documentation can take the TASC test at no charge.
The five sections - reading, writing, math, science and social studies - take nine hours to complete when done all at once, but it is possible to take the different sections separately. A score of 500 in each section, plus a 2 out of 8 on the writing portion, is required to earn the diploma. Test-takers who don't pass all the sections can re-take individual sections. A Spanish version is offered for students who want to earn an equivalent diploma with a Spanish designation. Accommodations are also available for those with certain disabilities. Additionally, passing scores on sections of the GED taken between 2002-2013 can count toward the TASC test.
Preparing for the Exam
A county-by-county list of local classes and training options is available on the NYSED website, along with a link to free resources such as videos on demand, online lessons and Public Broadcasting System (PBS) programs. NYSED's Fast Forward site (www.fastforwardny.org) is a good starting point for exploring the study options.