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Earning Your High School Equivalency in New York
In January 2014, New York replaced the General Educational Development (GED) exam with the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) from McGraw-Hill Education CTB.
New York requires students be residents of the state for at least 30 days prior to the day of testing. Test-takers must not already have a high school diploma or equivalency, and cannot be enrolled in high school. Individuals who will be 19 on the test day have no additional requirements (beyond proof of age, identity, and residency). Those between 16 and 19 may be eligible to sit for the TASC exam provided certain criteria are met. Test-takers are encouraged to visit NY's Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) website to learn more about the eligibility requirements. The ACCES site also provides a testing center locator.
Test-takers with special needs may request accommodations at the TASC website.
The highest score for all five TASC subtests is 800. Passing the TASC requires a score of 500 on each of the five subtests and a score of at least 2 on the writing section's essay.
For those needing to retake a section of the TASC, New York requires a waiting period of 60 days before retesting. Students are limited to taking any TASC subject area test to 3 times per calendar.
The TASC is made up of five sub-tests - reading, writing, social studies, science, and mathematics. Test-takers will encounter multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, constructed response, and technology-enhanced items. The TASC is available in both paper- and computer-based formats. Students can take the exam in either English or Spanish. Completing all five subtests takes about seven and a half hours and is usually given over two days.
McGraw-Hill recommends that students prepare before taking the TASC exam. To that end, the TASC website lists a variety of test preparation options including: workbooks, online courses, sample tests, study guides, and mobile study apps.
For those interested in in-person test prep and/or courses, NY's ACCES website provides a test prep program locator.
Why take the TASC in New York?
Those employers who have a High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE) will earn $10,000 more than those without one according to the New York Department of Education website. In today's job market, those who have more education will have a better chance of getting a higher paying job. An HSE can put you on the right track for the job that will best suit your skills and abilities. Attaining your HSE is a great path to take to help you reach your academic and career goals.