TASC Resources: Find Free Classes and Test Prep for the High School Equivalency Exam (Formerly GED)
New York State’s high school equivalency test is called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).
- There is no cost to take the TASC in New York State.
- The five sections of the test are Reading Literacy, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
- The test is 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.
- Test takers are allowed two free retakes per calendar year.
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.
Other than passing the TASC assessment, the pathways to a High School Equivalency Diploma in New York are to successfully complete 24 college credits or to successfully complete the National External Diploma Program (NEDP).
The library offers the following programs that may help you in your pursuit of the credential:
- ESOL - (Non-Native Speakers only) English for Speakers of Other Languages classes are for people who want to learn and improve their English. These classes focus on speaking and listening skills. Some reading and writing practice is included.
- ABE - ABE (Adult Basic Education) classes are for people who speak English, but need help with their English reading and writing skills.
- TASC Information Sessions and Preparation Courses
Study Guides Available at the Library
- High School Equivalency Examinations -- Study Guides
- Learning Express Library Create a FREE account with your library card to access online TASC tutorials and practice tests as well as other education and career resources.
New York State Education Department
Find a testing center in the Bronx, Manhattan or Staten Island.
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.
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.
NYCDOE 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 Workforce Development Find a Class
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. In Spanish and other languages.
The CUNY Adult Literacy/HSE/ESL Program
CUNY conducts free TASC, ESOL and Basic Education (BE) classes in its 14 campuses. Click on the "Locations" tab on the left side of the page to select a campus in any of the five boroughs.
Adult students are placed in pre-HSE 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
Offers TASC, Spanish TASC, ESOL and CUNY Assessment Test (CAT) Prep support. Once you register for TASC you will be asked to sit a placement test to determine your readiness to sit the TASC test.
The Door is dedicated to helping young people obtain their HSE and move on to employment or further education. Check out its Arts Access segment, which is a HSE program designed specifically for students who want a career in the arts.
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.
Additional High School Equivalency (HSE) Resources
Low-income youths between the ages of 16 and 24 are given the opportunity to work toward their TASC 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.
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.
New York State high school equivalency examinees seeking accommodations may apply at tasctest.com. Applicants will need to select and work with an official test center in their community to complete the application.
This is an update to a post that was originally published on July 18, 2012.