High School Equivalency (HSE)

New York State has selected a new high school equivalency test called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) to replace the General Educational Development (GED).

The students will review the academic concepts and strategies that will help them to successfully pass the TASC. The primary focus of the program will be test preparation practice, test-taking technique, and study skills.

The High School Equivalency Preparation program combines two instructional components: High School Equivalency Preparation and High School Equivalency Practicum.

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Course Schedule

Days & Times


9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Program Length

One - Week

Total hours = 21

Start / End Dates


Start: August 2019
End: October 2019

Start: October 2019
End: December 2019


Start: January 2020
End: Febriary 2020

Start: March 2020 
End: May 2020

Earn Your Certificate

Upon successful completion, students receive a Certificate of Completion from the State University of New York.

Program Outline and Courses

Name Description Hours

HSE Math 

Welcome to a new way to look at mathematics! We will integrate mathematics and the English language so students practice not only in mathematics computation but also in reading and writing through the “spiraling” of daily math word problems. This course is designed to tackle some of the most frequently missed math questions on the TABE assessment and to introduce students to several different approaches and strategies to high-level math topics they will face on the TASC. Special attention will be dedicated to data analysis, statistics, measurement, and geometry. Students will also get daily practice with the TASC calculator and therefore be able to identify and utilize various key functions. 60

HSE Reading 

The course is designed to strengthen reading skills for students wishing to excel and achieve in all aspects of reading. This course will provide a review of fundamental reading skills. Students will receive instruction on informational and literary texts and in such subjects as comprehension, vocabulary, finding main ideas, and topic sentences; finding meaning, and using supporting details to make inferences. Students will also receive assistance in preparing for tests and exams, completing long term assignments, reading test strategies, and mastering reading for content comprehension. 60

HSE Writing 

Writing courses are designed to afford students insight into English Language Arts topics and concepts, recognizing cause-and-effect relationships, applying information, point of view, drawing conclusions, and distinguishing facts and opinions. The goal of this course is to increase student comprehension, increase the ability to analyze and evaluate course information individually or in small group, and to develop critical thinking skills in both reading and writing. Course assignments will be given individually or collectively as needed to achieve continuity with individual or group classroom goals and assignments. 60

HSE Science 

This course is designed to help prepare students to pass the Science section of the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion). The course will emphasize critical thinking, reading skills, test taking skills, and interpretation of graphics using Life Science/Physical Science/Earth and Space Science as a vehicle towards mastery of these skills. Science common core basics will be stressed. Science Common Core skills and concepts are based on the National Science Education Standards of the National Academy of Sciences. Students will be introduced to the TASC format. This contextualized curriculum allows literacy and language to incorporate texts and tasks from occupational curriculum and allows individuals to prepare for the challenges they might face in training programs.     60

HSE Social Studies

This course is offered to students preparing for the TASC Social Studies Test. Students will focus on the five content areas of the exam and will learn about reading, maps, political cartoons, photographs, tables, charts, graphs, and important vocabulary and key concepts as well. The instructor will introduce various teaching methods and strategies to engage learners, such as simulations, games, and other forms of cooperative learning. 60

Introduction to College/College Knowledge

Topics in the course include learning styles; learning and study strategies; time management, goal setting, note taking, test taking strategies; overcoming test anxiety, understanding the college and financial aid application process; and other issues that focus on enabling students to become better achievers. The Introduction to College Workshop is a one-hour lesson designed to introduce students to higher education and its benefits. Topics in the workshop include setting college/career goals, college vocabulary, and completing the college and financial aid applications. This workshop is mandatory for all incoming students.  60

Academic Review/HSE Test Taking Skills/Study Skills/Review Lab

The Study Skills Academic Lab Sessions are designed for those identified students who need additional instruction. Lab sessions will provide support and guidance in order to achieve success in academic work. Students will be exposed to the following: time management, goal setting, outlining, note taking, organization, active listening, research methods, and test-taking strategies. Students will be required to apply these skills in their daily academic courses under the supervision and guidance of the instructor. Class sessions will involve lecture, one-on-one instruction, small group work, individual work, lab work, active classroom participation, etc. 60

Dress & Appearance

As a HSE student, you will be expected to adhere to accepted standards of appearance in class. Students are expected to dress appropriately for a school environment. 

Student Expenses

This program is tuition free. Students are expected to have notebooks and appropriate writing tools for class instruction.  


Daily attendance is mandatory. 100% is expected. You are expected to maintain attendance as if you were in an employment situation.

Admissions Eligibilty

You must:

  • Be a New York State resident.
  • Be an adult who is at least 17 years of age or older. If you are 17, you are required to provide a formal withdraw letter from the last high school attended.
  • Have a limited household income and meet income guidelines.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee. You must provide a green card or I-94 document if you are not a U.S. citizen.
  • Attend STAR Orientation and meet the TABE placement test scores of 9.0 reading/8.0 math.  Those who score below the required test scores will register for Academic Review classes.

Admissions Process

  1. Complete an application on-line at our website: buffalo.edu/eoc
  2. Bring in the required documents listed on the "How to Enroll in UBEOC" sheet.
  3. Register and attend orientation.