There is no cost to take the GED in NY.
The GED is made up of four subjects, divided into separate tests. You don’t have to take all four at once — you can go at your own pace for prep and space out taking the tests to best fit your schedule. 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. Details on timing and content for each test are available here.
The four GED sub-exams are scored on a 100-200 scale. The passing score is 145 out of 200 and this counts for all four GED subtests. 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 ONLY 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.