Adult Literacy Programs

GST BOCES Adult Literacy Services is committed to providing quality educational opportunities to all adults who wish to develop skills for employment and successful completion of a high school equivalency diploma. The Adult Literacy programs are tailored to meet the educational and occupational needs of adults 17 years or older.

  • Classes are of no charge!
  • We offer both day and evening classes at convenient locations throughout our region.
  • Distance Learning options are available to eligible students.

To get started CALL 607-739-7684


Adult Literacy Programs


Adult literacy programs assist adults:

  • to obtain a High School Equivalency Diploma by preparing and taking the GED exam
  • to increase academic proficiency in reading, math, and writing in order to gain knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency
  • who are parents/guardians to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children


Effective January 1, 2022
High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE)

  • New York State has returned to the use of the GED exam to obtain an HSE. Scores from TASC and GED Exams taken after 2002, as well as credit for regents exams may be combined with new test scores. Updates to this information are available on the New York State Education Department website at
  • The GED® test covers 4 subjects: Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. Upon completion of this exam, a tester will earn a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma.
  • If you are interested in earning a NYS High School Equivalency Diploma through an alternate pathway, please call (607) 739-7684.


Literacy Program Descriptions

Traditional Classrooms

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Instruction in reading, mathematics, writing, and computer skills for students who require basic skill review. An academic assessment is measured using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE.)


English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Instruction in listening, reading, oral and written communication for individuals with limited English proficiency. U.S. customs, culture, and civics lessons are included.


Distance Education

Distance Education (DE) is an educational program where the majority of the learning takes place with the teacher and student at different locations. Instruction must be individually prescribed to appropriate students and be educationally sound with anticipation of educational gain and goal attainment. Students must be able to work independently and devote at least 6 hours per week to studying. Individualized home study packets are assigned twice a month. Enrolled students must document completed work on a student log. Students enrolled in Distance programs may receive up to three (3) hours of in-person tutoring per week (Maximum 12 hours per month).

Distance Education options:


Giving Ready Adults a Study Program (GRASP) - Designed for adults, 21 or over, with a high school reading level who are preparing for the HSE exam. To get started, call (607) 739-7684.

ESL Distance Education

English Speakers of Other Languages

Instruction in listening, reading, oral and written communication, computer skills, and life skills for individuals with limited English proficiency.


All Distance Education programs must have the following components:

  • A screening process for remote learning,
  • An in-person intake process including the development of an Education and Employment Plan (EEP),
  • A procedure for reviewing the student work and progress. The teacher must keep detailed records of hours of instruction provided (i.e. reviewing, correcting, or handling student materials, planning, etc.).
  • All testing must be done in person, this pertains to both pre and post testing.


The National External Diploma Program® (NEDP®)


Do you need a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma to go to college or get a better job?

Are you looking for an alternative to taking the GED® Test? The National External Diploma Program® (NEDP®) may be right for you!

NEDP® is an online, computer-based assessment program comprised of eight competency areas and one individual skill competency. The program provides you the opportunity to apply lifelong learning and employment experience to demonstrate high school completion skills.

This program, which takes an average of 7 to 9 months to complete, can be completed remotely. Every week, you will receive assigned tasks from your Assessor. You complete them in the comfort of your own home.

Follow-up surveys have shown that NEDP® graduates are well prepared for higher education and job responsibilities that require focus and perseverance for success.

Qualities of a strong NEDP® client:

  • Time management skills
  • Self-directed and self-motivated
  • Basic computer skills
  • Basic literacy and math skills
  • Access to a computer and reliable internet service
Don't delay; call us today to get started! (607) 738-7684


Testing Information




The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is an assessment required prior to entry into literacy and career training programs. The assessment is offered at various times and locations each week. Since the assessment is timed, you should plan to be there for at least 3 hours. Call (607) 739-7684 to schedule an assessment.


High School Equivalency Exam

New York State has chosen the General Educational Development Test (GED® Test) for the high school equivalency (HSE) exam beginning January 2022. The GED Test is produced by GED Testing Service (GEDTS) for national use.

Students register online to obtain a GED account. Scheduling the GED for computer-based testing is also completed online. To register and schedule, please go to:

GST BOCES is an approved Pearson VUE Testing Center for the GED Test only. We will be offering the test around the third week of every month on Tuesday and Thursday. Please go to for specific dates and times.

The GED Test includes four sections:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA*)
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Science
  • Social Studies

*The RLA includes reading and writing subject tests. If only the reading or the writing was previously passed, by taking the GED (2002-2013) or the TASC Test, the RLA must be taken in full. For additional information regarding the format of the GED, please see GED homepage