NY GED: Earn Your GED in New York

In order to take the GED (General educational Development) test in New York, you must meet eligibility requirements established by the New York State Department of Education. Read on to find out about testing centers, age requirements and other information about taking the GED in New York.

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What Is the GED Test?

The test is divided into five parts measuring the skills and concepts covered in a high school curriculum. A GED certificate or diploma is awarded upon passing the tests, which is considered equivalent to a high school diploma by most colleges and employers.

The exam covers language arts (writing and reading), science, social studies and mathematics. There is also an essay as part of the writing portion of the test.

Who Is Eligible to Take the Exam?

If you're at least 19, have lived in New York for at least 30 days, aren't enrolled in school and don't have a high school diploma, you're probably eligible to take the GED. Requirements for ages 16-18 vary and questions should be directed to the New York State GED Testing Office.

How Can I Find Test Centers?

The New York State GED Testing Office website lists testing centers by county. Tests are scheduled on weekdays and Saturdays during the day and evening. Contact your test center office for more information about specific schedules.

What's Considered Passing?

You're awarded a GED credential by earning a total score of 2250 and a minimum score of 410 on each sub-test. If you do not pass the GED, you will have to check with your local testing center to find out if you need to wait a certain amount of time before retesting.

If you take the test in Spanish or French you must also take an English proficiency examination. After passing both the GED and the proficiency exam, you will be awarded the same credential as everyone who took the test in English. If you only passed the Spanish or French versions of the GED, you will receive a different diploma designating that it's in Spanish or French.

How Can I Prepare for the GED?

The New York State GED Testing Office website has links to preparation programs by county. The staff at the centers can assist you by offering advice and help you enrol in classes. They might even be able to recommend resources for independent or online study. The American Council on Education (ACE) GED Testing Service also recommends several ways to prepare for the GED on its website.

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