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November 18, 2017
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New high school equivalency diploma test introduced in New York

Feb. 21, 2014 – Beginning this year, New York has a new test leading to a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma. The Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) replaces the General Educational Development (GED) test as the only free, state-subsidized assessment leading to the state's high School equivalency diploma.

Like its predecessor, the TASC is used to verify that examinees have knowledge equivalent to that of graduating high school seniors.

While many aspects of the assessment remain the same, there will be gradual changes over the next three years. Test questions will become more complex and rigorous to reflect the increased academic standards in the state—a change that will take place over a period of time that State Education Department officials feel represents a “natural, gradual and fair transition” to the standards. Also over this time period, the number of testing centers offering the TASC in a computer-based format will increase.

To ease into the testing changes, New York will allow some passing grades on GED sub-tests (taken between 2002 and 2013) to be counted toward the high school equivalency diploma until the end of 2015. More information on this grandfather clause is available at http://www.acces.nysed.gov/ged/.

According to state law, an individual cannot be charged to take high school equivalency exams. Therefore, the TASC, like the GED before it, will be free to test-takers; the cost is paid for by the New York State Education Department. Test-takers will continue to be allowed two free retakes per calendar year.

For a list of exam sites by county, please visit http://www.acces.nysed.gov/ged/nys_map/counties.html.

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