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GED Resources: Find Free Classes and Test Prep for the High School Equivalency Exam
The General Educational Development (GED) test is the only high school equivalency credential recognized in all 50 states. While The New York Public Library doesn't offer GED classes, there are many organizations across New York State that do. 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 About the GED
The GED Testing Service
A joint venture between the American Council on Education and Pearson, the GED Testing Service develops and administers the GED test. On this website, you can register for a test, locate a test center, sign up for a prep class, and take a practice test online. The GED is being offered on computer for the first time in 70 years, but note that this option is not yet available in New York State.
Become oriented to the GED with this primer. Know the contents of the GED test, learn about the Official Practice Test (OPT), locate a free education program, and reserve a test seat.
New York State Education Department
The website of the NY State GED Testing Office will help you find GED test centers and preparation classes in New York State. It also presents information on prep materials, fraud warnings, GED status reports, and other useful tips.
The City of New York / YouCanToo!
Learn how to get your GED in New York City through videos and helpful links.
There is no cost to taking the GED test in NY State and many prep classes are actually free, but what if you need good old-fashioned moral support? Visit this colorful site for inspiration from real people who've changed their lives by taking the GED, plus a pep talk or two from some very familiar faces. Once you feel motivated, find a class in your area by dialing the toll-free number provided or entering your zip code.
Prepare for the GED 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
If you are under 21 years old, the NYC Department of Education offers full- and part-time GED programs. The GED Preparation Program listed here accepts students between 18 and 20 years old.
NYC Mayor's Office of Adult Education
This page offers a straightforward way to locate an adult education program in New York City, from ESOL and basic reading and writing, to GED classes and job training.
The CUNY Adult Literacy/GED Program
CUNY conducts free GED, ESOL and Basic Education (BE) classes in its 14 campuses. Click on the "Locations" tab at the top of this page to select a venue in any of the five boroughs.
Adult students are placed in pre-GED classes based on their reading level, between 5th and 8th grade. Classes build on the skills acquired in the organization's Adult Basic Education (ABE) program.
Community Impact at Columbia University
At Columbia University's Earl Hall, volunteers teach classes in the subject areas of the GED test: literature, writing, math, science, and social studies. Contact the coordinators to register.
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
Pre-GED and Adult Basic Education classes are conducted in both English and Spanish.
Harlem Center for Education
Offers an intensive 13-week GED preparation program.
Union Settlement Association
Union Settlement, located in East Harlem, offers comprehensive GED classes for all ages and levels. Students are assessed individually, with classes designed around their abilities.
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 GED class.
Brooklyn Public Library
The Brooklyn Public Library holds part-time pre-GED classes in various branches for individuals aged 17 and older. Full-time classes are offered to those between 17 and 24 years old.
Literacy Assistance Center
Resources and tips for GED practitioners. Note that 2002 is the latest version of the GED test, but that a new test series will begin in January 1, 2014.
Additional GED Resources
The Way to Work
The Way to Work has been helping young New Yorkers, aged 17-24, find employment since 1936. It offers GED preparation, vocational training, professional and personal counseling, job placement and retention services. It became a division of Fedcap in 2011.
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, Brooklyn, and Queens.
The Door is dedicated to helping young people obtain their GED and move on to employment or further education. Check out its Arts Access segment, which is a GED program designed specifically for students who want a career in the arts. Note that in order to participate in the GED program, one must be a member of The Door; membership is free and open to people between the ages of 12 and 21.
Booker T. Washington Learning Center
The Turning Point program was created for adults in East Harlem who would like to obtain their GED, complete remedial education to prepare for college, or improve their computer skills.
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.
The School of Cooperative Technical Education
Offers a small GED instruction program.
GED Study Guides Available at the Library
Learning Express Library
Create a FREE account with your library card to access online GED Practice Exams, GED Preparation Courses and Guides, GED Skills Improvement, and Spanish-language GED Preparation.