Eligibility Requirements for High School Equivalency Testing in New York State
The New York State Education Department requires all examinees to meet eligibility for HSE/TASC™ Testing in the following areas:
- Age Eligibility Requirements
All 16, 17 or 18 year olds must establish age eligibility each time they wish to test.
- NYS Residency Requirements
The HSE/TASC™ Tests can be administered to any person who has lived in New York State for at least thirty (30) days prior to the test date AND:Has not graduated from an accredited high school in the United States or its territories; AND
- Has not received a high school equivalency certificate or diploma in the United States or its territories; AND
- Is not currently enrolled in a regular high school program of instruction leading to a high school diploma; AND
- Has not previously earned scores on the HSE Tests sufficient to qualify for a high school equivalency diploma/certificate.
- Test Form Eligibility Requirements
Each year, CTB/McGraw Hill offers the English and Spanish TASC™ in (3) test forms. Examinees cannot retest on test forms which they have taken in that calendar year. All examinees who do not meet the requirements for the high school equivalency diploma must include a copy of their failure notice when applying to retest.
- Test Date Eligibility Requirements
HSE examinees must wait a minimum of sixty (60) days between test sessions when retesting, and examinees may not test more than three (3) times in a calendar year.
TASC – How to Register
How do I register for TASC?
Potential test-taker must first Register for TASC. This single registration applies if any re-tests are necessary.
NOTE: TASC Registration requires that applicants provide their SSN or a Government ID # (e.g., NYS Driver’s License or NYS Learner Permit or NYS Non-Driver ID). One of these personal identifiers must be offered on the hardcopy of Attachment A that is submitted as the official document of record.
The online registration form allows the applicant to offer either (SSN or Government ID #) or both. If neither is provided, the completion of the Registration request is delayed until the hardcopy of Attachment A is received. When Attachment A is received, the SSN or Gov ID # will be manually transcribed and the TASC Registration completed.
Registering for TASC is a two-step process:
- Register online–
To complete the TASC-Registration process, applicants must submit an online TASC Registration request. The Registration process creates an account for the applicant in the TASC system. In addition to beginning the TASC test-scheduling process, Test-takers can access their account after testing to learn the results of their test(s) and, if needed, to update information in their profile. Click on this link for “Instructions for registering for TASC Online”.
- Complete Attachment A–
Attachment A is the “TASC Application”. A hard copy of Attachment A and the associated forms, becomes the official document of record and is retained at the Test Center. Click on this link for “Instructions for completing Attachment A”.
- Register online–
How do I schedule for TASC Test(s)?
After registering for TASC, you can use the online link to be scheduled to test.
- Review the schedule of tests.
- Select the two test-sessions you prefer.
- Fill out the Request to schedule TASC test(s) form.
TASC Test-Scheduling FAQs:
How can I find out if I passed?
- Official and Unofficial Results.—
The official results are only available from NYSED-HSE. NYSED-HSE reviews the paperwork and eligibility documentation for each test-taker to ensure that eligibility requirements have been met. (NOTE: NYSED-HSE doesn’t review the actual test scores. The test scores are determined by DRC, the testing company). The NYSED review takes 7 – 10 weeks. The official results (and diploma) are sent via USPS directly to the test-taker based on the address they provided on the signature card when they tested.
Unofficial results (aka the test scores) are available much more quickly. These unofficial scores reflect how the test-takers did on the subtest and if they passed.
- Wait patiently.—
The “official” answer is that PBT takes 1 – 2 weeks. It’s always much closer to two weeks. The answer booklets are shipped to Minnesota for processing. There is lots of handling for paper tests as part of the scoring process and that takes time. By contrast, because the test is taken and answers are already on the computer, scoring CBT is much faster. It is typical that scores are available within 24 hours. For both test formats, the Writing subtest takes longer because two real people have to read the essays and that takes time.
- If you have a DRC TASC Profile.—
If you have created a DRC TASC profile, you can check your unofficial results by accessing your profile. The link to the DRC TASC system for test-takers is: NewYork.TASCtest.com You will be able to see the unofficial scores as soon as they are posted. You can also create your own report. You can print out a hardcopy OR create a PDF (aka an electronic file). To create a PDF, use the print option…but, select PDF as the output format rather than an actual printer. You can then name the PDF document created something informative like… TASC Results for TTTT (aka Trevor TASC Test-Taker).
- If you DO NOT have a DRC TASC Profile.—
If you haven’t created a DRC TASC profile OR your initial TASC registration was completed by a TEST Center, you can check your unofficial results by “creating” and then accessing your profile. The link to the DRC TASC system for test-takers is: NewYork.TASCtest.com
- TASC Coordinator.—
If you have tested at a CWD Test Center, the CWD TASC Coordinator will send you a report of your results…when results are posted. This is NOT an automated process and the TASC Coordinator has to check the scores manually. If you haven’t heard from the TASC Coordinator after a few days…send an email and ask if the scores have been posted.
- Official and Unofficial Results.—