Getting your high school degree is one of the best things you can do, and one of the most important ways to further your career.

Brooklyn Public Library's High School Equivalency Program (HSE) has helped thousands of people people achieve their educational and professional dreams. We help participants prepare for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), which replaced the General Educational Development (GED) test. The TASC is a general education diploma that is similar to a high school diploma.

What We Do: Through small group instruction, we focus on improving reading, writing, math and critical thinking skills.  This part-time program for adults 17 years and older encourages students to work with their classmates, creating a supportive system and friendships that will continue after their lessons are completed.

Time Commitment:  Classes meet one or more days per week for a total of 6 hours. Evening, daytime, and weekend schedules are available.

Interested? Here's what to do next

You must register in person to enroll in a class. Our registration events happen 3 times per year: August/September, January and March/April. Registration sessions and classes are held at a number of library locations, check our Events Calendar to see when the next registration cycle starts.

17 year-olds must bring their High School discharge papers to registration and proof of age.

At your registration session, you will be assigned your class location based on your educational experience and what classes are available. You can attend registration at any class location regardless of what class you want to attend. Try to attend the earliest registration date possible—classes at certain locations fill up quickly!

At registration we’ll need you to take a test so we can figure out what program is best for you. All you need to bring is a pen and prepared to be with us for 3-4 hours. We’ll let you know what program and location you’ll be placed in by the end of your registration session.

  • Learning Express Library: Test prep material and practice exams for the GED exams. (An unexpired library barcode and PIN is required for access.)
  • World Education Service:  Check to see how your current education experience from your home country compares to U.S.  university or college admissions requirements and / or professional licensing.

This project is supported by generous grants from the New York State Education Department, Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services. The Young Adult Literacy Program is supported by generous grants from the New York Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and New York City Department of Probations.