The GED Test: What you need to know

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. LINK TK

The four GED sub-exams are scored on a 100-200 point scale. The passing score for each subject test is 145 out of 200; there are no combined scores. So the minimally required overall score is 580. Higher scores can indicate college readiness and may count towards college credits at some institutions.

If you took the TASC or GED exams before::

    • The GED RLA includes both reading and writing. If a test taker previously passed either the TASC Writing or TASC Reading subtest, but not both, they will need to take the RLA.
    • All passing subtest scores from the TASC Test™, 2014-2021, and prior passing GED scores, from 2002-2013, can be used toward meeting the requirements for an HSE diploma.

If you passed any of your Regents Exams in high school, you can use those score to substitute for parts of the GED test; more information is available here.

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

GED 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.

Independent study resources are highlighted on FirstFind, including the fully online study resource GED Academy from Essential Ed.  If your can’t fit a class into your current schedule, but can devote 5 hours each week to study, do learn more about GED Academy.

The links you need to prepare for and register for the GED are here:

  • GED.com To schedule your tests and see your scores, you must register with GED.com 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 (or diploma) request (Application H), i.e., the record of subject tests you passed.
  • 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.