Eligibility Requirements for High School Equivalency Testing in New York State

The New York State Education Department requires all examinees to meet eligibility for HSE/TASC™ Testing in the following areas:

  • Age Eligibility Requirements
    1. If you are 16 years of age on day of testing
    2. If you are 17 or 18 years of age on day of testing
    3. If you are 19 years or older on day of testing

    All 16, 17 or 18 year olds must establish age eligibility each time they wish to test.

  • NYS Residency Requirements
    The HSE/TASC™ Tests can be administered to any person who has lived in New York State for at least thirty (30) days prior to the test date AND:
    • Has not graduated from an accredited high school in the United States or its territories; AND
    • Has not received a high school equivalency certificate or diploma in the United States or its territories; AND
    • Is not currently enrolled in a regular high school program of instruction leading to a high school diploma; AND
    • Has not previously earned scores on the HSE Tests sufficient to qualify for a high school equivalency diploma/certificate.
  • Test Form Eligibility Requirements
    Each year, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) offers the English and Spanish TASC™ in (3) test forms. Examinees cannot retest on test forms which they have taken in that calendar year.


  • Test Date Eligibility Requirements
    HSE examinees must wait a minimum of sixty (60) days between test sessions when retesting, and examinees may not test more than three (3) times in a calendar year.