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TASC Resources: Find Free Classes and Test Prep for the High School Equivalency Exam (Formerly GED)


Seward Park, interior views, people studying at Seward Park Adult Reference, Digital ID 100916, New York Public LibrarySeward Park, interior views, people studying at Seward Park Adult Reference, Digital ID 100916, New York Public Library New York State has selected a new high school equivalency test called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) to replace the General Educational Development (GED) as the primary pathway to a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma effective January 2, 2014.

  • There is no cost to take the TASC in New York State.
  • The five sections of the test are Reading, English Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
  • Multiple choice items in Reading, Science, and Social Studies; gridded response items in Math, and an essay in Writing in 2014. Constructed-response and technology enhanced items will be added in 2015 and 2016.
  • The test will be adjusted to align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) over the next three years (2014-2016).
  • The test will be available in both paper based (PBT) and computer based (CBT) format. It is not available to take online.
  • TASC is available in English and Spanish, Braille, and audio versions for visually impaired.
  • Grandfathering GED test scores in 2014 and 2015: A candidate may use up to four passing GED sub-tests (score of 410 or above) taken between 2002-2013 to count towards earning a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma.

Find a testing center in the Bronx, Manhattan or Staten Island.

There are many organizations across New York State that provide assistance with test preparation. On this page are websites with information about this important test and free classes that can help you prepare for it. Don't forget to explore their links, too!

General Information

New York State Education Department
The website of the NY State HSE (High School Equivalency) Testing Office will help you find test centers and preparation classes in New York State. It also presents information on prep materials, fraud warnings, status reports, and other useful tips. Currently, NYSED supports the operation of approximately 269 test centers statewide through a network of both public and private sites, including: school districts, BOCES, CBOs, EOCs, community colleges, correctional facilities, county jails, OCFS facilities, and private residential facilities. NYSED will continue to supervise and administer test centers and will confirm with existing centers that they will continue to provide testing services for the new TASC test.

Adult Ed Compass
Become oriented to the TASC with this primer. Know the contents of the TASC test, learn about the Official Practice Test (OPT), locate a free education program, and reserve a test seat.

Literacy Assistance Center
Resources and tips for HSE practitioners.

Prepare for the Test

The New York City Office of Adult and Continuing Education
If you are aged 21 or over, you can sign up for free day and evening classes with the NYC Office of Adult and Continuing Education (OACE). Above is a link to their directory. The OACE operates four Adult Learning Centers in four boroughs through which you can sign up for classes.

New York City Department of Education - Referral Centers for High School Alternatives
There is a Referral Center for High School Alternatives in each borough to help students find their best pathway to a diploma or the high school equivalency (formerly the GED) exam, and beyond. Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, and other Referral Center staff are present to help.

NYC Office of Human Capital Development
This page offers a straightforward way to locate an adult education program in New York City, from ESOL and basic reading and writing, to High School Equivalency exam prep and job training.

Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
Pre-HSE and Adult Basic Education classes are conducted in both English and Spanish.

Harlem Center for Education
Offers an intensive 13-week preparation program.

Union Settlement Association
Union Settlement, located in East Harlem, offers comprehensive HSE classes for all ages and levels. Students are assessed individually, with classes designed around their abilities.

Queens Library
The program at the Queens Library is geared towards English-speaking adults who need to sharpen their reading and math skills prior to starting a class.

Brooklyn Public Library
The Brooklyn Public Library holds part-time pre-HSE classes in various branches for individuals aged 17 and older. Full-time classes are offered to those between 17 and 24 years old.

Additional HSE Resources

The Way to Work
The Way to Work has been helping young New Yorkers, aged 17-24, find employment since 1936. It offers test preparation, vocational training, professional and personal counseling, job placement and retention services. It became a division of Fedcap in 2011.

YouthBuild USA
Low-income youths between the ages of 16 and 24 are given the opportunity to work toward their GEDs or high school diplomas by building affordable housing in their communities. Emphasis is placed on leadership development and community service. A national organization, it has locations in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens.

Phase: Piggy Back
Its Adult Resocialization Unit (ARU) reaches out to African Americans and Latino-Americans, aged 18 and older, who are abusing drugs. ARU aims to help people take charge of their lives through Resocialization, a process that includes counseling, group therapy, pre-vocational workshops, and Adult Basic Education/GED classes.

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This is an update to a post that was originally published on July 18, 2012.


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Estoy buscando clases de GED

Estoy buscando clases de GED para terminar mis estudios! gracias.


I will like to know how I can get my GED thrue internet

Unfortunately you cannot take

Unfortunately you cannot take the test online. You may find resources to help you prepare for the test but you have to go to a testing center in person to take the test.

Take the GED Test

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i will like to start my Ged

i will like to start my Ged classes as soon as i can

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Quisiera saber como puedo

Quisiera saber como puedo obtener mi GED


estoy buscando clases de GED para terminar mis estudios


Hi I'm having a really hard time finding and getting ahold of programs that will help me prepare to take my tasc high school equivelancy. I'm 18 and self supporting, if anyone knows good programs or people to contact who can actually pick up the phone or see me when I go into speak to them I would appreciate it a lot thank you


There is a TASC program at BronxWorks that serves 17-24 year old young adults. Here is the number to the Intake coordinator (718) 508-3136. The program is daytime so be sure you can be available between 9am- 1pm, Monday- Thursday.

reading and writing

Plz i have a 2year old and i will like to go to school I was in a special needs school so can your help me

I need to be in school

Plz contact me with the information I need to bring in order to be enrolled in school

i need to classes plzz to finish my education

hey my name is elsie rodriguez plzz i need to finish my education plz contact me , yess i enrolled in school but im not going plz contact me asap thank you

Writing reading and math

Need to finish up my GED


HOLA necesito Informacion De Como Poder Seguir estudiando , desde mi casa, y poder octener mi bachiller de colegio, gracias.

assisting in studying the new 2014 ged test

How can I prepares myself to take the new ged test in the full

need help finding a ged program

I'm 25 years old need a program near Ridgewood,queens. If you can help I really appreciate it. contact me at email

Looking for free task/ged classes in queens nyc

Please need help.. Have get this done ASAP thank you


I was wondering if there are any ged prep classes that .Are offered on Mon & Wed day nights I cannot make Tuesday but every other evening Pl ease feel free to contact me .Thank you

help for ged

Is there anywhere I can take ged classes I called places n asked everwhere and nothing .. Can yu help

Ged Prep

Hi , Im Looking For A Ged Program In Nyc , Please Help Me. Much Appreciated

In need of a skill

Early this year I passed my High School Equivalency Test.Please, can you help me find some free program or some Grant program which could be available to me so that I could get a skill and God Willing do more with my life.Thank you.I hope to hear from you .

Free Job skills classes

Grace institute offers free Job readiness classes here's the link Grace Institute 1233 Second Avenue New York, NY 10065 (P) (212) 832-7605 (F) (212) 486-2869


I want to get my GED, So I can become a surgeon one day. Please if anyone can e-mail me with some info on how to go about it, Please let me know. Thank you I'm confused.

Contact Referral center at

Contact Referral center at Schermerhorn st At 7189359457 for support


I would like to know if there is any library giving the TASC test in the area of NYC (Bronx) and also where can I fax my application for the TASC testing. Thank you.

fresh start

i never Been to school in the U.S.A and wanted a fresh start...i want to get my GED could you help me in the right direction

Please Read Through Site

Please take the time to carefully read through all the information on this site. No one is able to contact you in relation to taking the NYS High School Equivalency Exam. It is up to you to make arraignments to attend any prep classes, and sign up for the exam. All needed resources are listed here. If under 21 and interested in enrolling or re-enrolling in a NYC public high school, please contact your nearest enrollment center.

g.e.d and diploma

Hello my name is Arnadell and is it OK if I can sign up for GED classes for free? I'm only 20 years old and is it too late for signing up? I would like a diploma before the age of 21 so please let me know. Thank u so much!


Hello everyone I am 25 with 2 kids... my Oldest will b starting school in the fall... which is only a few days away.... I was wondering if anyone knows a site where they give GED classes but also provides daycare! Please someone get back to me! I really want to get my GED so I can go to college and make a life for my boys as well as myself!

TASC clssess

I want finish my education .

Math and reading and writing

hi my name is Jesus and right now I am studying again to take the task Ged test I been really hard lately to pass this test the first time I took the task test I was able to pass the social studies and the science . All of the other rest I fail in I need your to double check my score because I feel that my score are correct I feel and I believe that I do a good job


Quisiera tomar clases para obtener mi ged yo tome el exámenes en el 2005 y no lo pase no se si es válido ..ahora quiero información para ver como lo termino tomando las clases en español, ayuda ..necesito seguir estudiando y no puedo x no tener mi ged .gracias x su atención estaré esperando con ansias su respuesta

Important note for everybo who want to take the Tasc test or GID

I know, many of you have a dream, to complete your education but, even when you study hard to be ready for the test in almost all the sites you go especially in the Bronx and few, in Manhattan. The people who is in charge to supervise you, during the test. They just don't care about the ones who are taking the test. Many of them act with bad atitude They act, as if they are forced to be there supervising the ones who takes the GED, or Tasc. They talk loud, they make a lot talking. You can expect all kind of talks, and they treat you like bag of trash, when you have a question as if they doing that for charity or for free. As long I know every place get some federal money when they apply to give the tasc or GED test. So imagine if they would do it for 100% free? Every 10 minutes they keep talking distracting the student. At the end if you pass the test, congratulate you self, because in almost all, the centers, that gives the tasc or GED test they, need a good lecture or respect and education They have to know that they have to stop acting like if they are the most smart people, and see you like if you are there begging them, to get the test They need lectures They have to practices and lectures like the students get prepared to pass the test, if they act like that is because they may don't know other way to act all the people in those test centers should take a good class, to be humble, to respect the effort of every student No mater the students age, or race but respect that hour, during the test and keep silence during the test especially in Math. Another mistake they do is giving you math, the second day when you brain is tired. Is like if they don't necesarly be there to facilite the students a better option. The governor or the mayor ignore the way many centers act. When they get permitted to give you the tasc test and at the same time they get, federal cash for that To all the students who want to be respected during the test I sugest you to write here your own experience and those who support my idea to write here, and write the mayor, or to tell someone who you think will hear you to improve the test centers, behaves about all the bad behaves in every test center. Maybe like that will be the only way they will know that no one is there begging them to get a test. Is because those for people who pushing to abandon your dreams and get your diploma this country have thousand of young people living in poverty.

I want to know is GED still

I want to know is GED still free now ? also where I can go during the moring, I have a job in the afternoon.

Looking for volunteers

Hi - I have a small free TASC prep program for adults 21 years and older in East Harlem and I am looking for tutors to volunteer with the program particularly around the reading/literature and social studies areas. Would you know of a resource that I could tap into for my program?

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