New York State GED Requirements

If you want to earn a high school equivalency diploma in New York State, you will need to pass the four tests of the GED® exam. From early 2014 until December 31, 2021,  New York used the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) assessment for this purpose but this exam was discontinued.

The New York High School Equivalency Diploma is the equivalency of a regular high school degree and is recognized as such by virtually all U.S. educational institutions, employers, and governmental agencies.

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New York State GED testing requirements

  • You can not already have a high school or equivalent diploma.
  • You can not be enrolled in another education program.
  • The minimum age to take the GED exam in New York is 16.
  • Applicants 16, 17, and 18 years old, however, must meet some additional, strict criteria. They must be, for example, be officially withdrawn from school, have parental consent, and hold permission from their school districts.
  • State residency is required. Applicants must have lived in New York State for at least 30 days.
  • There’s no requirement to reach satisfactory scores on a practice test first or attend a prep course.

New York State GED online

In New York State, the GED exam is not offered online. Residents looking to earn their high school equivalency diplomas are still required to come, in person, to one of the official testing facilities while bringing current government-issued IDs. So online GED testing is not (yet) available in the state.

In other states that use the GED exam for high school equivalency testing, students that score in the “green” (likely to pass) range of the GED Ready exam may take the four GED subtests (one test at a time) over the internet, the OP (Online Proctored) GED Test.

New York State GED price

As one of only a few states, the New York State high school equivalency test is free and only available to state residents. New York State is one of only a few states where the high school equivalency test is entirely subsidized.

What’s on the GED exam?

As said before, the GED exam is available both online and at test centers but only in a computer-based format. There is no paper0based GED exam available. The four GED subtests (independent modules) cover the academic fields of Language Arts (Writing and Reading combined), Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics.

The four tests will take around 7.5 hours to complete and includes writing an essay. You may, however, take the four subtests separately. There’s no need to deal with the entire GED battery all at once.

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GED scoring

The four GED sub-exams are scored on a 100-200 scale. The passing score is 145 out of 200 and this counts for all four GED subtests. So the minimally required overall score is 580 and averaging is not possible.

How to prepare for the GED exam

In New York State, there’s no requirement for students to first take and pass the “GED Ready Test” but getting optimally prepared is crucial. The Computer-based GED is quite rigorous. The passing score is set at a level that over 40% of all graduating high school seniors would not be able to pass the four GED tests on their first attempt.

There are numerous locations across New York State where (often at no cost) prep classes are given and local book stores and libraries will also have enough prep material available. Then there are also some very good online programs available, for example, the online GED prep course developed by ONSEGO that will get you all set fast.

Keep in mind that online studying requires self-discipline, but it is a perfect option for students with busy agendas and those living in remote New York regions.

How to schedule the GED exam in New York

To schedule your GED tests, you must register with and set up your account at the portal MyGED. Here, you can schedule and pay for your test appointments. Everything must be done online and the process is quite smooth straightforward.