GED New York: Prepare for the New York GED Exam

Earning a GED allows individuals to receive a high school equivalency diploma by taking five academic tests. Read on to learn more about the New York GED exam and its requirements.

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Having a high school diploma or a GED is crucial to finding satisfying employment. According to the New York State Education Department (NYSED), www.emsc.nysed.gov, most employers in private industry and government and many college admissions offices accept the GED certificate as being equivalent to a high school diploma.

New York's GED Requirements:

Eligibility

The New York State Education Department (NYSED), www.emsc.nysed.gov, states that individuals must meet the following requirements in order to take the GED exam:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older (age requirements may vary, check with your local testing center for more details)
  • Must be a resident of New York State
  • Must have withdrawn from high school for at least six months
  • Not a high school graduate

Exam Format

The exam consists of five different subject sections taken over seven and a half hours:

  • Language Arts - Writing (includes 45 minute essay question)
  • Language Arts - Reading
  • Mathematics (calculator may be used on Part 1 only, not Part 2)
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Scoring

The score ranges from a minimum of 200 to a maximum of 800 on each subject section. The minimum required on each section is 410. The total minimum required for all subject sections is 2050. Individuals may retake all or part of the exam until passing scores are achieved.

Registration and Fees

Registration must be completed at any official New York testing center. Check with your local testing center for fee schedules as these vary at each location. Bring sufficient ID with your social security number and proof of residence.

Preparation

Visit your local library or bookstore to view the available GED practice materials. Inquire at your local community college or adult learning center information about GED prep courses.

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