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TASC test replaces GED in New York; test prep materials available online

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When the GED Testing Service announced it would only offer computer-based tests, and it would increase the cost to $120 per text beginning in 2014, the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) selected a new testing service. Beginning this year, New Yorkers seeking a high school equivalency diploma may earn one by taking the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).

The TASC, administered by McGraw-Hill, is similar to the current GED test. It will be available in English and Spanish with Braille, large print and audio versions. The test will be offered in paper and computer based formats.

For 2014, online computer testing will be piloted at 13 test sites. NYSED plans to expand the number of sites offering computer based testing in future years.

The test will take approximately nine hours total, with multiple-choice questions covering math, reading, writing, science and social studies. The test will also include one essay.

Students may prepare for the test using sample questions available at the TASC website.

Over the next three years, the TASC will be modified to align with the Common Core Standards, which were adopted by New York State in 2010. The test is free to all New Yorkers and will be offered at all approved testing centers.

Additional resources for test preparation and registration materials may be found at the NYSED website.