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Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.

 

Computer vs. Pencil and Paper

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Different Languages

 

Computer vs. Pencil and Paper (top)

Can I take the GED® test on computer in my state?

No, New York doesn’t currently offer the GED® test on computer. While we’re working with your state to officially offer the test on computer, for the time being the GED® test will continue to test on paper.  

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Why don’t all jurisdictions offer both computer and paper exams?

GED Testing Service is currently introducing the GED® test on computer to all the states and jurisdictions that offer the test. But not every state offers the GED® test on computer yet.

In New York, the GED® test on computer hasn’t been introduced yet, so you’ll need to take the pencil-and-paper version.    

Why isn’t the test available on paper anymore?

The new 2014 GED® test will only be delivered by computer in order to support the new questions on the test. The GED® test on computer also makes it easier to register and schedule, allows for a more individualized testing experience, and provides instant unofficial test results on 4 of the 5 parts of the test.

Can I switch between paper and computer testing? Can I combine them?

Currently, New York doesn’t offer the GED® test on computer, so you’ll need to continue to take the pencil-and-paper version of the test.

 

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In New York, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 19 years old.   

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

This rule changes based on which state you’re testing in. In New York, you can be 16, 17, or 18 and take the GED® test if you have the following exception:

  • All 16, 17, or 18 year olds must establish age eligibility each time they wish to test.

Information for 16-year-old students.

Exception:

  • Have reached maximum compulsory school attendance age
  • Be enrolled in an Alternative High School Equivalency Preparation (AHSEP) program on day of testing
  • Verification Form Attachment C (29KB) - must be completed by an official from an approved AHSEP program

Information about how to take the GED® test for 17- and 18-year-old students.

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

In New York you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before scheduling your test unless you are enrolled in a state-funded adult education program.

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of New York to take the test?

Yes, in New York you’re required to be a resident for at least 30 days. You can prove your residency at the testing center with a valid driver’s license or other proof of residency.

If you have more questions about proof of residency, please contact the state office at (518) 474-5906.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

For New York: Sorry, New York doesn’t allow people to take the test there unless they can prove residency.  

 

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test on paper cost?

New York doesn’t charge anything for the entire test battery for the pencil-and-paper GED® test. The exam is free.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

In New York, you can re-test a subject for free. Learn more about retaking the test.

Questions? Feel free to call New York’s state office at (518) 474-5906.

 

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in New York you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

For New York: In New York you’re required to be a resident to take the test there.  

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all five subjects before my scores begin to expire?

No, there isn’t a time limit to finish the test in New York.

However, all incomplete GED® tests must be finished by December 31, 2013, or they will expire. Beginning in 2014 there will be a new version of the GED® test.

 

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

New York test-takers need to score a 410 on each test and 2250 on the entire test battery (all five parts combined).  

 

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

That’s a question that varies from state to state. In New York, you’re required to wait 60 days before taking the test again.

Questions? Call New York’s state office at (518) 474-5906.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

In New York, you can re-test a subject for free. Learn more about retaking the test.

Questions? Feel free to call New York’s state office at (518) 474-5906.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all five subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.

In New York, you’re required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

Questions? Feel free to call New York’s state office at (518) 474-5906.

 

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or state administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (518) 474-5906 to find out more about your credential.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations.

Because of the state-by-state differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your state to get an answer. You can call New York’s state office at (518) 474-5906.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In New York you don’t have a time limit to complete the GED® test.  

However, all incomplete GED® tests must be finished by December 31, 2013, or they will expire. Beginning in 2014 there will be a new version of the GED® test.  

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

To obtain a copy of a diploma or transcript, you must:

$4 for a copy of a passing transcript

$4 for a copy of a failing transcript

$10 for copy of diploma and transcript

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In New York the credential is called the New York State High School Equivalency Diploma.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in New York you can take the pencil-and-paper version of the GED® test in Spanish.

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact New York’s state office at (518) 474-5906.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

Yes, in New York you can take the pencil-and-paper version of the GED® test in French.

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact New York’s state office at (518) 474-5906.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

No, New York residents aren’t allowed to combine language versions to complete the test. This means you must take all five subjects in one language to earn your GED® test credential. You will not be allowed to combine Spanish tests with English tests or any other language version.

Questions? Please contact New York’s state office at (518) 474-5906.

Does New York have requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in New York.

 

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