All About the GED: New York

If you receive a passing score on the GED test in New York, you can earn your New York State High School Equivalency Diploma. This diploma is generally accepted by colleges and employers throughout the state of New York.

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New York and the GED

The GED, or General Educational Development, test is a combination of five subtests developed by the American Council on Education (ACE). The GED test helps determine your knowledge of high school-level material. In addition to English, the GED tests in New York are also available in Spanish and French. Your equivalency diploma, however, will specify that you took the test in a foreign language unless you also pass an English proficiency exam.

The five GED subtest areas include reading, writing, social science, science and mathematics. You have separate time limits for each portion of the GED test, and you have a little over seven hours to complete the entire exam. In addition to 240 multiple choice questions, you also must complete a written essay.

Eligibility Requirements

According to the New York State Education Department, you must be at least 16 years old to take the GED test (www.nysed.gov). If you're 16 and would like to take the test, you first must be enrolled in some sort of alternative high school program. If you're 17 or 18, you must provide proof of eligibility to take the GED tests. Ways to meet these eligibility requirements include being out of school for one year, belonging to a high school class that has already graduated or currently being enrolled in an alternative high school program. In addition, the New York State Education Department states that all individuals interested in taking the GED test must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a New York resident for a minimum of 30 days
  • Have not received a high school diploma
  • Not be currently enrolled in a traditional high school
  • Have not previously received a diploma as a result of taking the GED test

GED Testing Locations

The New York State Education Department has put together a directory of testing centers and contact information on their website. Currently, ACE does not allow the GED tests to be taken online, and they also stipulate that the test must be taken at an approved testing location. New York has just under 200 official testing locations located throughout the state, at places like:

  • Adult learning centers
  • Department of education offices
  • High schools
  • Community education centers

GED Preparation

GED preparation programs are located throughout New York at educational cooperatives, community colleges and adult educational centers. The New York State Education Department has also put together a prep program directory that includes location and contact information. If you'd like to prepare for the GED tests on your own, there are a number of resources available, including ACE-approved sample questions, official practice exams, public access television programs and study workbooks.

Scoring and Retesting

When you receive your GED test results, your scores for each section can range from 200-800. To receive the minimum total standard score required to pass, which is 2250, you must average a score of 450 on each subtest. However, your minimum score on each subtest only needs to be 410, which allows you to compensate a lower score on one subtest with a higher score on another.

You're allowed to retest on the areas that you didn't receive the minimum passing score on. In New York, you must wait 60 days between tests. In addition, you're limited to taking the GED tests a total of three times within a year-long period.

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