Registration Closed

Registration for the fall term is now closed.

Please check back in early November to register for the winter term

The Adult Learning Center at the College of Staten offers High School Equivalency, Pre-High School Equivalency and English as a Second Language classes for individuals with the goal of passing the New York State High School Equivalency (TASC) Test or becoming proficient in the English language in order to enter job training, employment and/or post-secondary education. 

Classes are held during 10-week terms during fall, winter and spring at the College of Staten Island Merrill Avenue and St. George locations.  Morning classes meet from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and evening classes meet from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.  Refer to the registration information section below for instructions on how to register for classes.

High School Equivalency (HSE) Classes

High School Equivalency “HSE” classes prepare students for the reading, writing, science, social studies, and math TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) Test.  Students who pass the TASC Test earn a High School Equivalency diploma through the University of the State of New York State Education Department.  HSE students are required to participate in weekly College and Career Success Seminars.

Pre-High School Equivalency (PRE-HSE) Classes

Pre-High School Equivalency “PRE HSE” classes provide instruction which improve reading, writing and math skills. High school equivalency test subject areas (reading, social studies, science, writing, and math) are incorporated into PRE-HSE curriculum.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

English as a Second Language “ESL” classes provide English language instruction to students seeking to improve their ability to speak, understand, read, and write in the English language and have the goal to enter employment and/or college.  Upper level ESL students are required to participate in weekly College and Career Success Seminars.

TASC Test Information

Effective January 2014, New York State no longer offers the GED Test.  The high school equivalency test in New York is now the TASC-(Test Assessing Secondary Completion).  Currently all seats for the TASC Test at the College of Staten Island TASC Test Center in 2018 are full.   Refer to for future TASC Test dates.


Registration Information Fall 2018

Applications are accepted online ONLY.  Click on the link below to apply for the Fall 2018 Term.  The application opens July 2, 2018.

It may take up to four weeks after your online application has been submitted for notification of registration dates and times.

Bring a pen or pencil at the time of registration.  Please be on time as latecomers will not be able to register. Registration does not guarantee placement. 

Seats are limited and once seats are filled applications will not be accepted for the term.  THERE IS NO LONGER A WAIT LIST. 

If your application is not accepted for Fall 2018 classes you may apply for EITHER the Winter 2019 Term or Spring 2019 Term.

During registration applicants will be interviewed and will be expected to complete an intake questionnaire.

HSE and PRE-HSE classes are for adults (age 21 and older) who read and write English at a seventh grade level and above.  All applicants will take a reading and math assessment test, as well as provide a writing sample during registration.

ESL classes are for adults (age 18 and older).  Verbal and written assessment testing will take place during registration.

A social security number is REQUIRED at registration.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

The demand for ESL, PRE-HSE and HSE classes far exceeds the number of seats available.  This is a free program and funding is limited.  Please contact your representatives in government and ask them to support legislation that increases funding for Adult Education.  You can obtain your representatives’ contact information by calling 311 or visiting the elected officals website