Did You Drop Out?

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If you dropped out of high school, you can still get your high school diploma. And then go to college.


Many students who did not receive their high school diploma later decide they want to go to college. And they do.

You can, too.

Start by taking your high school equivalency test. Here in New York State, the test is called TASC™ (Test Assessing Secondary Completion). The TASC replaced the GED Test in 2014.

The TASC is free to New Yorkers!

It doesn't matter why you didn't finish high school. By passing the TASC, you can get that diploma. And that can make a huge difference in your life. Maybe you’ll be able to get a promotion or a better job earning more money.

You'll feel good about yourself when you have accomplished this.

And maybe you’ll go on to college.

Did you know that one in 20 freshmen earned a high school credential by taking and passing this kind of test?


What is the TASC?

TASC stands for Test Assessing Secondary Completion.
The TASC is offered in English and Spanish.
There are five individual tests to take:
◦Language Arts – Writing;
◦Language Arts – Reading;
◦Social Studies; and

The test is available in both a paper format and online.

Who can take the TASC?

You can take the TASC tests if you:

  • Are a New York State resident, and
  • Are 16 years old or older, and
  • Have not graduated from an accredited high school in the United States, and
  • Have not received a high school equivalency certificate in the United States,
  • Are not enrolled in a high school program leading to a high school diploma.

How do I take the TASC?

The TASC is offered at test sites throughout the state.  To take the test, download, complete and mail your application directly to the local test center of your choice. The test center will notify you of your test date.

Do I have to pay to take the TASC?

No – It’s FREE to New Yorkers!

How do I prepare for the TASC?

Free study materials are available. Preparation programs are also offered in all counties.

What if I have a disability?

If you have a learning, physical, and/or emotional/mental disability or disorder, you may receive special accommodations for taking the TASC.

For additional information, visit the New York State High School Equivalency (HSE) Office.