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These free classes help New Yorkers prepare to take the TASC Exam to earn their high school equivalency (HSE or GED) diploma.
New Yorkers can take free virtual classes in reading, math, and writing to help them earn their High School Equivalency Diploma. The Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) provides the program in partnership with NYC community-based organizations.
Classes are free and open to participants who:
- Live in New York City
- Are at least 16 years old
- Are not currently enrolled in school
- Do not have a high school diploma
- Have completed grade 11 or below, unless you have a Foreign or IEP Degree
- Depending on the provider, meet low-income or other location requirements
You must take at least the reading portion of the TABE (test of adult basic education) to find out if you’re eligible.
Classes are offered Remotely for a minimum of 6 hours per week.
Find and connect to programs by visiting discoverDYCD. To find a provider on discoverDYCD:
- Type in the Keyword Search “High School Equivalency” to find a list of providers
- Filter based on where providers are located
- Reach out to providers directly by phone or email to learn more about their programs and how to apply
- Create an account in discoverDYCD and apply online
While each provider has their own process, all applicants must complete an application and take a TABE test to determine proper placement in classes.