HSE

New York State High School Equivalency (HSE) Office

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Can the different sections of the new TASC™ test be taken separately (as was the case with the old GED® test) or do all sections have to be taken in one sitting?

    Yes, candidates can take different sections (subtests) of the test separately.  While it is no longer required that first time TASC testers take all five subtests, we strongly encourage first time testers to take the full battery of subtests in order to increase your chances of passing.  You must pass all five subtests to earn a HSE diploma and candidates are limited to testing only three times/year.  Once you pass a subtest, you need not take that test again.  Also, keep in mind that any passing scores on GED® subtests taken between 2002 - 2013 can count toward your passing subtest.  See the statement on grandfathering on our home page.  http://www.acces.nysed.gov/ged/

  2. Who is eligible to take the TASC™ test in New York State?

    Anyone who is a New York State resident for at least thirty (30) days, and who is 16 years of age or older (with certain restrictions) on the day of testing may be eligible to take the TASC™ test.  For more detailed information on eligibility and the required forms you may need, please refer to the eligibility requirements.

  3. What can I do to prepare for the TASC™ test?

    There are many resources available to you, the candidate in preparation for the test.  The National Center for Family Literacy, HSE/TASC™ Prep Programs, and Free Study Materials

  4. What do I have to get on a TASC™ sub test in order to pass in New York State ?

    To earn a New York State High School Equivalency diploma, you must score a minimum of 500 points on each section (or subtest) and a minimum total score of 2500.

  5. What happens if I take all five subtests and don't earn at least 2500 total points, or if I don't score at least a 500 on all of the subtests?

    If you do not score enough points to pass the TASC™ test, either on a subtest (500) or in total (2500), then you must retake the tests.  You are required to retake those specific sub tests on which you did not score at least 500 points.  Only the highest scores achieved from different test sessions will be kept and included in your total score.  Although you do not have to retake the sections on which you score 500 points or greater, it is recommended that you retake several subtests in order to increase the total score.

  6. How many times can I take the TASC™ test over?

    You can take the test three times in a calendar year. 

  7. What happens if I take a subject test over and score lower?

    Only the highest scores achieved from different test sessions will be kept and included in your total score.  Although you do not have to retake the sections on which you score 500 points or greater, you may want to retake the test to achieve a higher score on your transcript.

  8. Are there testing accommodations for people with special learning, physical or emotional needs to take the TASC™ ?

    Yes, In following with the guidelines based on the Americans with Disabilities Act, CTB McGraw-Hill has procedures in place that will accommodate any individual with special needs when taking the TASC™ test.  For more information, please refer to www.tasctest.com 

  9. English is my second language.  Does the TASC™ test come in other languages ?

    Yes.  the TASC™ test is also available at testing sites in Spanish.  We recommend calling your local test site to ask for specific information.  Please refer to the TASC™test schedule for any contact information.

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Last Updated: March 26, 2015