HSE (High School Equivalency)
There are two paths to earning your HSE at Nassau Community College:
Taking the TASC Exam
The TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) is a HSE (High School Equivalency) test, which replaced the GED® in New York State.
The TASC measures readiness for college or workforce as outlined by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and relative to that of graduating high school seniors. When candidates pass the TASC they receive a diploma that is equivalent to a high school diploma.
Employers, as well as admissions offices in colleges and universities accept the TASC certificate or diploma as they would a high school diploma.
Examinee Cost- $0 in New York State
TASC will be available at Nassau Community College in paper-and-pencil format in ENGLISH ONLY. To take the TASC in Spanish you will need to find an alternate test site. The TASC Tests are only given at official TASC Testing Centers approved by the New York State Education Department.
The TASC test assesses five subject areas, which matches a high school curriculum including:
- Language Arts: Reading- 75 minutes
- Language Arts: Writing- 105 minutes* (For both parts)*
- Mathematics- 105 minutes**
- Science- 85 minutes
- Social Studies- 75 minutes
**Nassau Community College will provide a calculator on the day of your exam; you may not use your own calculator. You will need to be familiar with the TI30XS Multi-view Scientific Calculator before you sit for the TASC exam. A Guidebook, for the TI-30XS Multi-view Scientific Calculator, can be found here: TI30XS Guide
Documentation guidelines and forms can be found by clicking here. Allow six to nine months for processing and approval of special accommodation requests.
You must have 2 forms of identification to sit for the test!
- You MUST have a valid, current government issued photo ID (driver's license or passport)
- Proof of New York State residency (utility bill, library card, credit card statement, etc.)
- Bring at least two pencils and a pen.
Examinees that do not appear for testing on their scheduled test date or arrive with unacceptable identification will forfeit their seat and not be rescheduled for testing at Nassau Community College.
ALL Applicants must complete, sign & return the Standard TASC Application (attachment A) (2 pages).
Note: All incomplete applications will be returned.
- Applicants must be 16-18 years old
- If you will be 16 years of age on the day of testing click here
- If you will be 17 or 18 years of age on the day of testing click here
- You must submit a copy of your government issued photo ID with your application (school ID will not be accepted).
Re-testers: Must complete Standard TASC Application (attachment A); including items 13-17 plus enclose a copy of your most recent TASC/GED score report (do not mail your original score report). Continue reading for information on previous test scores.
Mail your completed application to:
Nassau Community College
TASC/GED® Testing 356
One Education Drive
Garden City, NY 11530
TASC walk-in hours at Nassau Community College:
Phones are staffed Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Exam dates are first-come, first-serve.
Incomplete applications will be returned.
Examinees will be scheduled for the first available test date.
Examinees that do not appear for testing on their scheduled test date will not be rescheduled for the exam.
Examinees that arrive late or with unacceptable identification will not be seated for the exam.
Once your application is received we will begin processing your application. Allow about 3 weeks for us to register you. Completed applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
After you are successfully registered for the test, you will receive a confirmation and parking permit in the mail.
Confirmation letters are mailed to the address on your application, about one month prior to your registered exam date.
BRING YOUR CONFIRMATION & YOUR TWO FORMS OF ID on the test dates. Arrive on time, with a pen and pencils.
New York State Education Department has established the criteria for grandfathering previous test scores. Candidates taking TASC for the first time must take all five TASC sub-tests.
*Once you have taken the entire TASC exam your score report will combine both the TASC and GED® scores.
The use of these scores will be allowed for two years (2014 and 2015).
A candidate may use up to 4 passing GED® sub-tests (score of 410 or above) taken between 2002-2013 to count towards earning a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma.
Each TASC sub-test that the candidate passes will be posted on the candidate's transcript. If the candidate does not pass the TASC sub-test but passed the same GED® sub-test, the GED® score will be accepted as a passing score.
If a candidate has already passed all 5 GED® sub-tests but did not attain the minimum total score of 2250, such candidate must pass at least one of the TASC sub-tests to obtain a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma.
The office of Continuing Education offers non-credit HSE preparation classes evenings and weekends. Call 516-572-7472 for more information.
NCC will begin to accept TASC applications for the Spring 2015 as of January 1, 2015
March 6 & 13 - FULL
April 10 & 17 - FULL
May 8 & 15- FULL
All TASC re-testers are required to submit a copy of their Status Report/Score Report with their application.
For information on alternative testing sites please click here
Make sure the application is completely filled out and signed. Incomplete applications will be returned.
The TASC is a 2 day test. Candidates that arrive late or without proper ID will not be seated for the exam. Candidates that violate cell phone restrictions, deface test booklets or exhibit inappropriate conduct risk having their scores invalidated and will not be permitted to test at NCC.
We can only accept applications for one TASC exam per semester. If you fail to show up for your scheduled TASC and you do not advise our office 10 days in advance, you will not be eligible to reschedule testing at NCC.
This is a 2 day test (All re-testers must show for the first day of testing).
You may be denied admission if you are late or if your ID is not acceptable.
Students that register and fail to show for their test date will be asked to find a different test location.
There is no online or computer-based GED® testing available at the present time.
You will get your scores from NYS 6-8 weeks after your exam.
You must wait 60 days before you may retest.
Nassau Community College does not mail your score report. You may request a transcript or check that status of your report by clicking HERE
24 College Credit Program
The 24 Credit Program at NCC allows students to take college classes that count towards High School Equivalency (HSE) and a college degree. Students must be 18 years of age or older, be one year past the date from when they would have graduated from high school and have a genuine desire to obtain a college degree.
Students complete college credits in a variety of areas including math, humanities, English language arts, social science and natural science. Academic advisors will be available to help with course selection.
Once the student has completed the appropriate 24 credits, the student must apply to Albany to receive their HSE, issued on the basis of those college credits. The college credits will then also apply to their degree program.
Students must attend an informational meeting, offered monthly by the Admissions Department. All the details of the program will be discussed at the meeting including the application process, cost, length of time to complete and courses needed, as well as placement testing information.
For further information about this program, please contact the Office of Admissions at 516.572.7345.
No reservations are required.
If driving to campus, give yourself extra time to pick up a Parking Permit at the Public Safety Office and find a parking spot before the meeting.
Please arrive on time.
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