The GED Test: What you need to know

Everything you need to take your next steps is detailed in our high school equivalency guide OPEN DOORS. Click the image at left to open/download a copy.  Want one mailed to you?  Send us your name and address using our ASK US form.

Some key points are below!  Scroll down for quick links to register for the GED, find your past scores, and more!

There is no cost to take the GED in NY.

The GED is made up of four subjects, divided into separate tests.  The tests are: Mathematical Reasoning, Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA), Social Studies, Science.

The four tests will take around 7.5 hours to complete and includes writing an essay. You may, however, take the four subtests separately. There’s no need to deal with the entire GED battery of tests all at once.  For details on the timing and content of the subject tests, see the GED Subject Tests section of our Open Doors publication.

Note that the test is typically given on a computer. Need to brush up on your skills? See our Digital Learning page or contact us for guidance on local classes and other programs.

It is possible to apply for special testing accommodations, such as extended time, private testing, or frequent breaks. These are available to those who have a specific physical, psychological or learning disability.  Learn more here.

Preparing for the Test: Free resources and essential links

Below are the most commonly referenced links for those looking to prepare and/or register for the GED.

  • GED classes  Classes are available throughout Westchester County.  Most classes are free or low cost. Especially if you have been out of school for a while, a class can provide the needed structure to complete this goal. When you enroll in a GED class, you will be given a test called the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) to assess your skills and level for the class.  This information is updated at least twice each year.
  • GED Academy  If your can’t fit a class into your current schedule, but can devote 5 hours each week to study, learn more about GED Academy.  At any skill level, you’ll start where you need to and can move forward so long as you make the time.  This program is free.  Registration is through the Westchester Library System’s our HSE Connect program.
  • To schedule your tests and see your scores, you must register with and set up an account. This also gives you access to. free sample questions and study guides. Note that there are opportunities to purchase study resources and services on the site; we suggest you try the free rsources first, such as GED Academy and the many study tools on this site.
    • As of August 2022 only one test locations was available in Westchester County (others will be open soon). You can take a test in a neighboring county.
  • Age eligibility requirements
  • HSE Status Report Lookup where and when you last took the test (which you are asked on the application)
  • GED/HSE transcript/duplicate diploma request (Application H), i.e., the record of subject tests you passed. Note that you must include a certified check or money order, which is nonrefundable.  The process takes 8-10 weeks (updated 12/2022).
  • Using Regents Exam passing scores
  • Practice tests See how you would do on the test by using our online study resource GED Academy. You can also borrow a study guide, which includes practice tests, from your local public library.