Unfortunately, due to life circumstances you were not able to complete your high school education. While you may not have a traditional high school diploma you may receive a high school equivalency diploma by taking and passing the GED examination. In the state New York the GED test is monitored by the New York State Education Department and to take the exam you must meet all eligibility requirements.
New York GED Test Eligibility Requirements:
To take the New York GED test you must meet one of the three age requirements. If you are 16 years old you must complete Attachment A and provide the testing facility with photo identification and other required documents. To learn all requirements for 16 year old examinees refer to the New York State Education Department website, link found in the Sources sections below.
If you are 17 to 18 years old and wish to take the New York GED examination you are required to fill out Attachment A within the GED application and meet all of the other requirements as outlined by the New York State Education Department.
If you are 19 years old or older when you take the New York GED examination all you must do is complete Attachment A within the GED application packet and provide the GED testing facility with documentation that proves your age, residence and identity such as your driver’s license, US passport or a state-issued identification card.
In order to take the New York GED examination you must be a New York resident, which is defined as living in New York for at least 30 days prior to taking the test.
Registering for the New York GED Test:
To register for the New York GED test you must locate the nearest GED testing facility to your home. The New York State Education Department features a list of all authorized GED testing centers throughout the state.
After you have located your GED testing facility, visit the facility with the completed application and all necessary documentation. Currently there is no charge to take the New York GED examination.
Passing the New York GED Test:
The New York GED examination consists of a total of five different exams, which consist of the following subject areas: mathematics, science, reading, writing and social studies. You must have a minimum sectional score of 410 and an average sectional score of 450. You must also have a minimum total score of 2250.
New York State Education Department: Application Process and Eligibility Requirements
New York State Education Department: 17 to 18 Year Old Requirements
New York State Education Department: 16 Year Old Requirements
New York State Education Department: 19 Years Old and Older Requirements
New York State Education Department: GED Testing Centers