Regents-HSE Exam Pathway: Frequently Asked Questions

On April 10, 2018, the New York State Board of Regents approved regulatory changes to provide a fourth pathway to earn a New York State High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma

Individuals who have passed Regents Examinations in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies can substitute those passing scores for a maximum of four of the five corresponding Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) subtests: reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.

The following table details which passed Regents Examinations will be allowed in place of the corresponding TASC™ subtests.

Regents Exam

HSE Subject Area Credit

Any English language arts Examination

TASC™ Reading and Writing

Any Mathematics Regents Examination

TASC™ Mathematics

Any Science Regents Examination

TASC™ Science

Any Social Studies Regents Examination

TASC™ Social Studies

This document contains Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Regents - HSE Exam Pathway. Questions are organized into the following categories:

  • The Four Pathways to an High School Equivalency Diploma
  • Application Process
  • Age and Eligibility Requirements
  • Requesting High School Transcripts and Official Records
  • Special Education Policies
  • Testing

The Four Pathways to a High School Equivalency Diploma

  • Question: How can a person who did not graduate from high school earn a HSE diploma?

    Answer: For New York State residents, there are now four distinct pathways to obtaining a HSE diploma, as detailed below:
     

    1. HSE Exam
      In New York State, the HSE exam is called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, also known as the TASC™ test. No other HSE exams are authorized in New York State. Prior to 2014, the GED® exam was used for this purpose. For more information on the TASC™ test, visit the HSE TASC™ website.
       
    2. 24 College Credits
      Candidates must be enrolled in a college program leading to a degree and have earned 24 credits in certain specified subjects. For more information about the College Credit Program visit the College Credit and Out-of-State Testing website.
       
    3. National External Diploma Program (NEDP)
      The NEDP is a flexible, self-directed web-based program, overseen by approved agencies, where participants demonstrate mastery of required skills via a series of performance tasks completed online at home and through in-office visits and competency progress reports. Participants receive guidance and support from certified NEDP academic advisors. For information about the NEDP, visit the National External Diploma Program website.
       
    4. Regents - HSE Exam Pathway  
      Passing Regents Examination scores and passing TASC™ subtest scores can be combined to qualify for a HSE diploma. For more information about this pathway, please see the remainder of this document, and visit the Regents-High School Equivalency Exam Pathway website.
       
  • Question: What is the TASC™ test?

    Answer: The TASC™ test is the only approved HSE exam in New York State. It has five subtests: reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. To qualify for an HSE diploma, testers must receive a score of 500 or higher on each subtest. The entire TASC™ test (all five subtests) takes about 9 hours to complete, and is usually taken by candidates over two days. It is only available by applying in advance to an official testing center. For more information about the TASC™, visit the HSE TASC™ website.
     

  • Question: What is the Regents-HSE Exam Pathway?

    Answer: Starting April 25, 2018, NYSED provides an additional pathway to earn a New York State HSE diploma by allowing eligible candidates to use passing scores on certain Regents Examinations in place of corresponding TASC™​ subtests. Passing scores must be earned in all five subject areas (reading, writing, math, science, and social studies), and a minimum of one TASC™ subtest must be passed.
     

  • Question: Which Regents Examinations can be used in lieu of TASC™ subtests?

    Answer: Passing scores on any Regents Examination in one of the four core subjects (English, mathematics, science, and social studies), taken at any time in the past or future, may be used in place of passing scores on TASC™ subtests to help qualify for an HSE diploma. Any mathematics, science, or social studies Regents Examination score will be accepted in lieu of the TASC™ subtest in the corresponding content area. Any English Language Arts or English Regents Examination will be accepted in place of the TASC™ subtests for both reading and writing.
     

  • Question: If a candidate passed Regents Examinations in all four core subject areas (English, mathematics, science, and social studies) does the candidate qualify for an HSE diploma?

    Answer: Candidates who have passed Regents Examinations in all four core subject areas must pass at least one TASC™ subtest to earn an HSE diploma.  Such candidates may take any TASC™ subtest or subtests they choose. Taking more than one subtest may increase the candidate’s chances of earning a HSE diploma.
     

  • Question: Can Advanced Placement (AP®), International Baccalaureate® exams (IB), and other standardized assessments that have been approved as alternatives to Regents Examinations be used in lieu of TASC™ subtests to qualify for a HSE diploma?

    Answer: Yes. For a list of examinations that may also be used in lieu of HSE subtests, visit Department-Approved Alternative Examinations Acceptable for Meeting Requirements for a Local or Regents Diploma.
     

  • Question: Can Regents Competency Tests (RCTs) be used for the Regents-HSE Exam Pathway?

    Answer: No; Regents Competency Tests cannot be used for the Regents-HSE Exam Pathway.
     

  • Question: Can Regents exams taken in languages other than English be used for the Regents-HSE Exam Pathway?

    Answer: Yes, passing Regents exam scores are acceptable regardless of the language in which they were taken. (The ELA Regents exam is only available in English.)
     

  • Question: Are the High School Equivalency Pathways the same as the New York State Pathways to Graduation?

    Answer: No. The Pathways to Graduation are available to students who are still in school and working to achieve a high school diploma. The High School Equivalency Pathways are for people who have exited high school and are working to obtain a High School Equivalency diploma.

Application Process

  • Question: How do I apply for the Regents-HSE Exam Pathway, and is there a fee?

    Answer:  NYSED has an application called “Attachment R” which needs to be completed (by the applicant as well as the school district) to use passing Regents Examination scores in lieu of passing TASC™ subtest scores towards an HSE diploma. There is no fee to apply for the Regents-HSE Exam Pathway.
     

  • Question: What should a candidate do if s/he does not know their NYSSIS ID, which is requested in Section B of the Attachment R application?

    Answer:  The NYSSIS ID is a unique student identification number assigned by NYSED to every student in New York State. A candidate is not expected to know their NYSSIS ID; the school will fill in this information when completing the Attachment R application for the candidate.
     

  • Question: Can a candidate who has never taken the TASC™ test submit an Attachment R?

    Answer: Yes. An Attachment R can be submitted at any time; however, age and eligibility rules to take the TASC™ test still apply and not all people will qualify based on these rules. NYSED will mail candidates their HSE transcript six to eight weeks after receiving a completed Attachment R from the candidate’s authorizing school district. 
     

  • Question: Can a candidate submit an Attachment R after having taken the TASC™ test?

    Answer: Yes. An Attachment R can be submitted at any time.
     

  • Question: What happens once the candidate has filled out the candidate portion of Attachment R and given it to their last high school attended to fill out and submit?

    Answer: The candidate must mail or drop off the Attachment R application to the guidance staff at the last high school the candidate attended. The high school staff are responsible for completing the Attachment R and mailing it to the HSE Office at NYSED. It will take NYSED six to eight weeks to process, after which an HSE transcript showing the subject areas where credit was received, will be mailed to the candidate. If candidates have not received their HSE transcripts from NYSED after eight weeks, they can email the NYSED HSE Office to inquire about their application at: hse@nysed.gov. Most emails are answered within 1-2 business days.

Age and Eligibility Requirements

  • Question: Does a person have to be a resident of New York State to submit an Attachment R application?

    Answer:  Yes. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements for age, identity and New York State residency as part of their applications for TASC™ testing.  To review New York State HSE eligibility requirements, please visit the Application Process and Eligibility Requirements website.
     

  • Question: Can a candidate who is 16 years old qualify for the Regents-HSE Exam Pathway?

    Answer: A candidate who is 16 years old may submit the Attachment R application to apply passing Regents Examination scores towards meeting the HSE diploma requirements.  However, this candidate will not qualify for an HSE diploma until passing at least one TASC™ subtest. In addition, the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements in order to take the TASC™ test. To review New York State HSE eligibility requirements, visit the Application Process and Eligibility Requirements website.
     

  • Question: What is the maximum compulsory school attendance age (MCSAA) in New York State? Does it vary from school district to school district? 

    Answer: To officially exit school, a student must have reached the MCSAA. It can be 16 or 17 years of age, depending on the school district of residence at the time of exiting from high school. Test takers must have reached the MCSAA and be officially exited from school prior to taking the TASC™ test. Therefore, the MCSAA applies to test takers using the Regents-HSE Exam Pathway.
     

  • Question: Do applicants for the Regents-HSE Exam Pathway have to meet the MCSSA before submitting an Attachment R application? 

    Answer:  Candidates may submit an Attachment R application before reaching the MCSAA; doing so will inform the candidate which TASC™ subtests the candidate needs to take and pass to earn a HSE diploma. However, the candidate may not take the TASC™ test or receive a HSE diploma before reaching the MCSAA.

Requesting High School Transcripts and Official Records

  • Question: How does a candidate request an official record of Regents Examination scores (official high school transcript) from his or her high school?

    Answer:  The candidate must fill out Attachment R and mail or drop off to the New York State high school last attended. The school will complete Attachment R and send it, along with a copy of the candidate’s official transcript including all Regents Examination scores, to NYSED.
     

  • QuestionWhat should a candidate do to submit the Attachment R and obtain an official high school transcript if the last NYS high school attended was a New York City public high school that has since closed?

    Answer: To submit the Attachment R candidates who last attended a closed New York City high school should call the New York City Department of Education at: 718-935-2399 (Select option #4, then option #2, and then option #1 to speak to a representative).
     

  • Question: What should candidates do to submit the Attachment R and obtain an official high school transcript if the last high school attended is outside of New York City, and has since closed?

    Answer: For all closed public high schools outside of New York City, candidates should contact the public school district office where the closed high school was located. For private schools that have closed in NYS, candidates should call the NYSED Office of Religious and Independent Schools (SORIS) at: 518-473-8202.

Special Education Policies

  • Question: Can Regents Examination scores that were considered passing for the awarding of a local high school diploma under the safety nets available for students with disabilities while the candidate was enrolled in high school be used in place of passing scores on TASC™ subtests?

    Answer:  Students who earned scores on Regents Examinations that were considered passing for the awarding of a local diploma under the safety net provisions available at that time may use those passing scores as substitutes for the corresponding TASC™ subtests.
     

  • Question: Is a candidate who was classified as a student with a disability while enrolled in high school eligible to earn an HSE diploma with lower passing scores on the TASC™ subtests? 

    Answer:   No. All TASC™ examinees must earn a minimum score of 500 for each TASC™ subtest.  TASC™ subtest scores lower than 500 do not qualify any candidate for an HSE diploma. However, examinees may apply for TASC™ testing with accommodations and use their IEP or 504 Plan documentation as part of the TASC™ accommodations application. 
     

  • Question:  At certain times in the past, scores between 55 and 65 were considered passing scores on Regents Examinations for all students in most New York State high schools to earn a local high school diploma. Will these lower passing scores on Regents Examinations be accepted in place of passing scores on the TASC™ subtests to help qualify for an HSE diploma?

    Answer:  Any Regents Examination score that was considered passing for a local diploma at the high school in which the student was enrolled at the time the exam was taken will be accepted in place of passing scores on the TASC™ subtests to help qualify for an HSE diploma.
     

  • Question: Can a Career Development Occupational Studies CDOS credential be used in place of a passing TASC™ subtest?

    Answer:  No. The CDOS credential cannot be used in place of a TASC™ subtest.

Testing

  • Question: If a candidate has passing Regents Examination scores in ELA, science, social studies, and mathematics but did not have sufficient credits to earn a high school diploma, will the candidate need to take the TASC™ test to qualify for an HSE diploma?

    Answer: Passing scores for one Regents Examination in each of the four core subject areas may be used in place of any four of the five TASC™ subtests. The candidate still needs to take and pass at least one TASC™ subtest to earn an HSE diploma. Candidates may choose any of the five subtests to take, and may choose to take more than one TASC™ subtest to increase the chances of passing at least one of the subject areas. 
     

  • Question:  Can a candidate combine passing Regents Examination scores with college credits to qualify for an HSE diploma? 

    Answer: No, Regents Examination scores can only be used in place of passing TASC™ subtests to help qualify for an HSE diploma.  Candidates who wish to have their college credits evaluated to see if they qualify for an HSE diploma should visit the College Credit and Out-of-State Testing website for more information regarding the College Credit pathway.
     

  • Question: Can a candidate combine passing GED® test scores with passing Regents Examination scores and passing TASC™ subtest scores to qualify for an HSE diploma?

    Answer:  GED® test scores earned before 2002 cannot be used in place of any TASC™ subtests. Passing scores from the GED® 2002 Series (exams taken in 2002–2013, and in 2004–2013 for Spanish or French Language) are considered “grandfathered” examinations by NYSED and can be used for HSE subject area credit. For more information on grandfathered GED® exams, visit the HSE TASC™ website.