Mark Cruickshank
Brooklyn Adult Learning Center '12
Mark's tip: "Once you've set your goals for the first two years, make sure that you pace yourself by balancing a little recreation time. It's important!"
Gizelle Browne
Brooklyn Adult Learning Center '14
Gizelle's tip: "The first step is the most critical: go to a learning center to get information and see first hand where you fit in."
Ty'East Alleyne-Bobb
Brooklyn Adult Learning Center '94
Ty'East's tip: "Explore the many online resources available to help you overcome any worries of difficulty."

GET A HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY DIPLOMA

If you attended a New York City public school but did not graduate, let us help you take those final steps in getting your degree.

Any adult in New York City (21 years or older) without a U.S. High School equivalency (HSE) or diploma can register to take classes anywhere in the city. Check out the over 800 free classes for adults offered during the day and evenings. All adult classes are taught by certified teachers and are tuition-free, but some classes will require fees for textbooks, certification exams, and/or uniforms.

To get your high school equivalency, you eventually have to take the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). You might be more familiar with the GED, but in New York the TASC replaced that test in 2014. Look through the four types of free adult education classes offered to New York City residents to find your path to getting your high school equivalency!

Adult Basic Education (ABE):

for adults looking for basic classes that will help them gain literacy and pass the Test of Adult Basic Education

Take ABE classes if:
  • You don’t have a high school diploma or equivalency
  • You want preparation to eventually get your high school equivalency
Career and Technical Education (CTE):

 for adults looking for an opportunity to learn skills in technical, trade, construction, or entrepreneurial areas.

Take CTE classes if:
  • You don’t have a high school diploma or equivalency*
  • You want to learn technical and career skills to find new job opportunities
  • * Some CTE classes are available to adults with a high school diploma or equivalency, but classes are mostly for people without their diploma.

High School Equivalency Preparation (HSE):

for adults looking to gain High School Equivalency by passing the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).

Take HSE classes if:
  • You don’t have a high school diploma or equivalency
  • You want preparation for taking the Test Assessing Secondary Completion to get your high school equivalency
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL):

for adults looking to improve their English skills to prepare them for success in completing higher education or job programs.

Take ESOL classes if:
  • You don’t have a high school diploma or equivalency
  • You speak another language and are looking to learn English
  • You might want to get your high school equivalency in the future

  1. The process all begins with a registration session that will determine which classes you are eligible for through one of two placement tests, the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) or BEST Plus 2.0 Assessment of English fluency.   
  2. To find out when registration sessions will be hosted, call or visit your closest Adult Learning Center.
  3. Schedule a registration session to get tested and find out which classes are right for you.
  1. Students will be assigned to the next available registration session at the location closest to them, where they will learn about the programs and class offerings.
  2. At the registration session, students will take the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) or BEST Plus 2.0 Assessment of English fluency. All students interested in taking ABE or CTE classes must take the TABE to test reading and mathematics skills that will be used for class placement, and students who want to take ESOL classes must take the BEST.
  1. Test results and student need determine class placement. Look through the list of over 800 free classes to decide which classes you’re eligible for based on your test scores and choose the classes you’re most interested in.
  2. Students begin reporting to their assigned class.
  1. The process all begins with a registration session that will determine which classes you are eligible for through one of two placement tests, the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) or BEST Plus 2.0 Assessment of English fluency.   
  2. To find out when registration sessions will be hosted, call or visit your closest Adult Learning Center.
  3. Schedule a registration session to get tested and find out which classes are right for you.
  1. Students will be assigned to the next available registration session at the location closest to them, where they will learn about the programs and class offerings.
  2. At the registration session, students will take the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) or BEST Plus 2.0 Assessment of English fluency. All students interested in taking ABE or CTE classes must take the TABE to test reading and mathematics skills that will be used for class placement, and students who want to take ESOL classes must take the BEST.
  1. Test results and student need determine class placement. Look through the list of over 800 free classes to decide which classes you’re eligible for based on your test scores and choose the classes you’re most interested in.
  2. Students begin reporting to their assigned class.

Take the TASC and get your High School Equivalency

If you’re planning on taking some of the adult education classes offered to New York City residents, you’re already on track to get your high school equivalency through the TASC! Topics on the test include Language Arts (reading and writing), Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The test is offered in English and Spanish, as well as in large print, Braille, and audio format upon request.

To register for the test, fill out the online registration form. Taking the TASC is free if you register and apply through the New York City Department of Education. To apply, make sure that you have the completed application, copy of proof of New York State residency, and the additional document below if you are under 19 years old.

Test takers must be:

  • At least 16 years old (if you are under 19 you must fill out this additional form.)
  • Not currently enrolled in high school
  • Not a high school graduate

The TASC is given over a period of two days. It is divided into six sections, with one 15-minute break:

SubtestEnglishSpanish
Mathematics
Math-Part255 minutes60 minutes
15-minute Break
Math-Part150 minutes55 minutes
Writing105 minutes110 minutes
Reading75 minutes80 minutes
Science85 minutes90 minutes
Social Studies75 minutes80 minutes

Need help preparing for the TASC?