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HFM BOCES to offers High School Equivalency Exam in December

December 9, 2019 | Filed in Archive

HFM BOCES has seats available this month in two computer-based testing sessions for the New York State High School Equivalency (HSE) Exam, formerly known as GED.

This is an opportunity for people who:

  • want to take all 5 subtests;
  • have taken the GED (2002-2013) or the TASC previously, yet still need to pass one or more sections; and
  • have an approval letter to Attachment R verifying they have passed one or more Regents exams.

A daytime session will be held Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 16 and 17. Arrival time is between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m. Students should be finished no later than 2 p.m. A late afternoon/evening session will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 17 and 18. Arrival time is between 3 and 3:20 p.m. Students should be finished no later than 8 p.m. Early arrival is discouraged. Transportation to and from the exam should be arranged in advance.

Both test sessions will be held in room C114 at HFM BOCES, 2755 State Highway 67 in Johnstown. This is the east entrance, closest to FMCC. Test candidates should report to room C112 upon arrival.

It is necessary to pre-register for this exam. Two steps are required for pre-registration. The first step is to submit the paper application and any necessary attachments to the HFM BOCES Adult Literacy Office by 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Paperwork with original signatures can be mailed or hand delivered to the HFM BOCES Adult Literacy Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m.  and 3:30 p.m. The second step is to create a TASC account online. The application, eligibility criteria and link to create a TASC account can be found at the New York State Education Department website:

Upon submitting the application, test takers will receive a document providing complete information regarding the testing event. Test takers must provide two forms of identification. One ID must contain a recent picture. They must verify identity, residence, and age. Driver’s license, passport, military, or other forms of government (national or foreign) identification which show name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph are all acceptable.

The TASC test is composed of five subtest sections: English Language Arts Reading, English Language Arts Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. All test items are aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education. TASC measures examinees’ levels of achievement and readiness for college and the workforce. Prior to the day of testing, TASC test takers are encouraged to use the Online Tools Training, a self-guided online tutorial that introduces the computer skills necessary to take the TASC computer-based test.

State law prohibits charging individuals to take HSE exams. Therefore, the TASC will be free to test takers; the cost is paid for by the NYS Education Department. Official test results are expected to be released in late January or early February.