NY GED Test Information and Requirements

Aug 17, 2021

The TASC test is offered in the state of New York by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Candidates must meet a minimum residency requirement and be at least 16 years of age to take this test.

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NY GED at a Glance

Test Name Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)
Test Subjects/Format Five sections covering science, social studies, mathematics, language arts reading, and language arts writing
Time Alotted 7.5 hours
Passing Score 500 for each section and 2500 for the entire test battery
Residency New York state resident for 30+ days prior to sitting for the exam
Minimum Age 16 (16-18 year olds must meet additional requirements listed below)
Fee None
Retakes Sections can be retaken (number of times and frequency depends on the age of the student)
Credential Issued New York State High School Equivalency Diploma


The TASC, or Test Assessing Secondary Completion, is the test that has replaced the GED. TASC candidates must be a resident of the state of New York for at least 30 days prior to sitting for the exam. However, there are no fees for taking the full test battery. Test takers must be at least 16 years old or older to take the test. New York also does not require candidates to receive any instruction or take the official TASC practice test, or OPT, prior to taking the exam. If a candidate fails the test, he or she can retake any section at their liberty. However, no section can be taken more than three times in a calendar year. The credential awarded to passing test takers is the New York State High School Equivalency Diploma.

Requirements By Age

TASC candidates 19 years old or older must not have graduated from high school or earned a high school credential. These candidates must live in New York for at least one month before taking the exam, and they must wait two months between tests if they fail. Candidates must take a different form of the TASC exam each time they retest.

Candidates 16 to 18 years of age must meet all the requirements already mentioned. These candidates also must meet additional requirements, including enrollment in a high school preparation program, have not attended high school for one year or more, have been accepted to the U.S. military, and have been accepted into college or membership in the Job Corps. Candidates may also be a resident of a detention center or hospital.

Taking and Passing the Test

If candidates applied by mail, they must bring their admissions letter. Two forms of identification will also be required, which can include a driver's license, passport, military identification or a social security card. The TASC battery consists of five subject tests in science, social studies, mathematics, language arts reading, and language arts writing, which test takers must complete in seven and a half hours. The minimum score required to pass the TASC in New York is 500 for each section and 2500 for the entire test battery.

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Expert Contributor: Christiane Warren Christiane has M.Phil & PhD degrees in American Intellectual History. She's been an academic/career advisor, assistant dean and higher ed consultant.

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