Now how can you find free online Long Island Home Study GED courses that will get you all set to successfully take New York State’s High School Equivalency test TASC (formerly GED)? Since January 2014, New York uses the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) for this purpose.
Take a look at this video about an adult learner who passed the TASC exam after she studied online at the MMS Community Library in Shirley, New York.
In New York, there is no fee to take the TASC exam. The state picks up the tab for TASC testing which (understandably) is only available to state residents. The exam includes five testing sections: Writing, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics.
The exam is available in a paper-based (PBT) format as well as on a computer (CBT) format. There is no online option for TASC testing which must be done at state-designated testing centers.
The TASC exam is available in English, Spanish, and Braille, and there is also an audio version available for the visually impaired. Each calendar year, applicants may have two retakes at no cost. Across the state of New York, you can find numerous organizations and schools that offer (often free) assistance with through test prep classes.
On this page, we will focus also on some other pathway that will lead to a high school or equivalent diploma and on free online options that will get all set for the real thing efficiently. Besides passing the TASC exam, you may also successfully complete 24 college credits or complete the NEDP (National External Diploma Program).
The diploma that is awarded upon successfully passing the TASC exam allows for a college education but you can also earn your college degrees online like when you sign up for a course at Long Island Business Institute. This option is getting more and more popular as you can continue on the job and study when and where you desire.
Most New York libraries offer the following programs to help you earn the credential:
- TASC Information and Registration Sessions as well as TASC Prep Courses
- ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes for Non-Native Speakers for individuals wishing to learn or improve their English. ESOL classes are focusing on listening and speaking and practice is usually included.
- ABE (Adult Basic Education) instruction is for individuals who do speak English but wish to improve their English writing and reading skills.
What is offered at the Library
- HSE (High School Equivalency) exam study guides. Read also this post with tips for online studying.
- LearningExpress TASC prep program. Most libraries will create accounts for students with a library card so they can attend online TASC lessons and practice tests at no cost.
Another good source of information is the NY State Department of Education’s website, and in particular that section that deals with High School Equivalency Testing. The HSE Office is great to discover all TASC testing sites as well as free prep classes across New York State and Long Island. The state’s website additionally offers about prep materials, status reports, fraud warnings, and more useful tips.
The New York Department of Education is supporting the state’s almost 270 TASC test centers that are administered by school districts, BOCES, EOCs, CBOs, community colleges, county jails, correctional facilities, and several private residential sites. Once you’ve secured your HSE diploma, doors of colleges and universities will open up for you so learn online towards your HSE degree, and your life is sure to get a LOT better!
Additional HSE Prep Resources
YouthBuild is a program for low-income or at-risk youth in the age group 16 to 24. Through the program, the can work toward their high school or TASC diplomas while at the same time getting paid for learning how to construct affordable homes in their communities. The program centers on developing community sense and boosting participants’ leadership skills. YouthBuild centers are found in Queens and the Bronx.
Long Island Libraries
Many Long Island Libraries offer online programs so students can get ready for the TASC exam through online instruction and practice tests. Most libraries additionally offer programs geared towards individuals who want to upgrade their English-speaking skills or who need to sharpen their math and/or English reading skills prior to engaging in a TASC prep class.
Some Public Libraries offer pre-HSE instruction for persons that need more knowledge and skills before they can sign up for TASC prep classes. As the TASC measures knowledge at the level of graduating high school seniors, it is required that persons wishing to attend TASC prep classes brush up their overall skills and knowledge to avoid later disappointment.