My FAQ

The TASC Exam is the high school equivalency exam given in New York State. Individuals who pass the TASC exam receive an equivalency diploma. The TASC Exam assesses your proficiency in five areas: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Individuals must score a 500 in each subtest to pass that subtest, and must pass all five subtests to receive their diploma. You do not have to pass all five areas at once. You can earn your diploma from passing subtests in multiple testing sessions; however, you are limited to taking the TASC exam to three sessions in one year.  

Each individual has strengths and weaknesses which determine their readiness to take the TASC exam, which is the high school equivalency exam given in New York State. Therefore it is not possible to give an estimate to the amount of time it will take you to pass the TASC exam. When you enroll in the EOC’s High School Equivalency Program, we prepare you for the five subtests of the TASC: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies. We also give you the ORT: the Official Readiness Test, which assesses your preparedness to sit for the exam. We want our students to be fully prepared to take and pass the exam and obtain their equivalency diploma! 

The TASC Exam is given every month at the Syracuse EOC, with the exception of July and August. It is a two-day exam, typically given on a Thursday and Friday. Examinees are required to have a completed application on file, proper identification, and an admission notice to sit for the exam. We currently offer both paper and computer based testing.

All programs and services at the Syracuse EOC are tuition-free. An individual’s eligibility depends on a number of different factors, and we always encourage people to contact a counselor to see if they qualify. You can call Student Services to speak with a counselor at 315-472-0130.

In order to support a variety of schedules, the Syracuse EOC offers classes both days and evenings.   

Students must be a New York State resident (or a recently approved refugee) for at least 12 months, meet income eligibility requirements, and possess a government issued ID card.  Please contact us to learn more about income requirements and acceptable forms of ID.