The National External Diploma Program (NEDP) allows you to use your work and life experience to demonstrate high-school-level skills through a series of 10 projects and online assignments that demonstrate competency in reading, writing, mathematics, oral
communication, problem‐solving, technology, media literacy, and critical thinking.

The NEDP allows you to work at your own pace, completing most of the work outside of a classroom.  You will, however, be asked to meet with an advisor on a regular basis to stay on track.

NEDP work requires basic computer and research skills, as well as at least a 9th grade reading and math ability as demonstrated on a TABE exam (Test of Adult Basic Education).

To check how you’d do on the TABE exam, use these practice tests from Learning Express.  

(You must register for an account to use Learning Express. Click here to register for an account.)   You won’t be given a grade-score, but you will see how many questions you got right and what topics require study.  After you complete the test, the Learning Express program will link you directly to the online courses that address your learning needs at the right level.  If you do really well on this test (80% or more answered correctly in reading and math), you may want to start the process for the NEDP testing.

  • To build your computer skills, go to your local library to find out about their free computer classes and/or use the online tutorials available on this site at Computer Tips.

To pursue the NEDP, first read these NEDP Fast Facts.  Contact and program information for the two Westchester-based sponsors for NEDP are linked below.

  • Yonkers VIVE School.  Their current flyer is here.
  • Guidance Center (Mt. Vernon and New Rochelle locations). For information call the Center for College & Careers at (914) 613-0700 ext. 7099 contact.  You can also email this application to or, with the subject title “NEW NEDP REGISTRATION” along with your preferred contact information.

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