New York’s current high school equivalency diploma examination is called the GED®. The GED® will be replaced by the TASC exam starting on January 1, 2014. Take the GED® before it expires. The Department of Education offers free courses to help you prepare for the exam. To find out more about changes to the test and how to enroll contact:
The Referral Center for High School Alternatives (for students ages 17-21 who are still eligible to attend high school.)
The Office of Adult and Continuing Education (for students 21 or older who are no longer eligible to attend high school.)
You may also call (718) 557-2525 for general referral to the offices listed above and other free GED preparation course providers.
*Note- If you previously passed the GED® and earned your high school equivalency diploma this change does not affect your diploma is any way.
The General Educational Development (GED) Exam is an option for a student who does not have enough time to earn the credits required for a high school diploma before the end of the school year in which he/she turns 21 years old. GED students graduate when they pass the GED exam, which is a battery of five tests: Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Language Arts Reading, and Language Arts Writing. They take more than 7 hours to complete and include a direct writing assessment. The GED is administered in English, Spanish, and French. GED Plus helps students earn their GED plus prepares them for college and career options, offering academic and social supports to help students while earning their GED. GED Plus is offered at no cost and there is no minimum literacy requirement.
How to Enroll
Students 18-21 years old can choose to participate in a full-time or part-time program. Students who are 17 years old may only enroll with parent or guardian permission, though final determinations are considered on a case-by-case basis. To enroll, students 17-21 can contact a Referral Center for High School Alternatives. Students interested in enrolling in a GED preparation program who are age 21 and no longer eligible for high school enrollment, and students who are older than 21, should contact the Office of Adult and Continuing Education.