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TASC Test Fast Facts

While many states are still making decisions on their high school equivalency options, the following states have adopted the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ since its release in January 2014:

  • California
  • Indiana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

In the above states, adults without a high school diploma can take TASC test to earn a high school equivalency. As the new alternative to the GED® test, we know you have a lot of questions. Check out these fast facts about TASC test to discover what we’re about:

  • TASC test offers the most affordable subtest price of high school equivalency exams, at $10.40 for each subtest, or $52 for the full test.
  • TASC test covers 5 subject areas: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
  • TASC test is offered in English or Spanish, and with several accommodations.
  • You can take the test on a computer or on paper.
  • A scientific calculator is needed for portions of the Science and Mathematics sections
  • The exam includes one extended response essay question
  • You must earn a 500 or above in each subject area to pass, and at least a 2 out of 8 on the writing prompt

And most importantly, TASC test prioritizes College and Career Readiness Standards. With TASC test, states can offer a gradual transition to the Common Core State Standards, ensuring each test taker is evaluated relative to current high school graduates. As an adult without your high school equivalency, you deserve a second chance. And with TASC test you have access to the most affordable, accessible high school equivalency test on the market today. Find out more if you’re considering taking TASC test.

TASC Talk: We Hear You Part 2

Wondering if the test to earn your high school diploma is a legitimate, state-approved option? Want to find prep materials for the TASC test but not sure how? Do you require special accommodations for testing? Below are just a few of the comments that echo many of your concerns and questions and our responses. We know change is not always easy, so we encourage you to continue to ask, write, and challenge us  as we are completely committed to helping you through this transition and simply, help your students succeed!

The Concern: TASC is very different from the GED, which will result in few passes.

@Meghan McHaribo

…We were told that at first iteration of the TASC test would be very similar to the current GED. Based on these sample reading and writing questions, it could not be more different. This will put teachers in the extremely undesirable position of teaching one set of skills this fall, to try to get as many students to pass the current GED as possible, while then having to teach all new skills starting in January to any students who did not pass. Anyone can see how disruptive to the arch of a school year this will be, not to mention to the long-term building of skills that our students are engaged in.

The Answer:

We understand the challenges teachers face during this transition and while there is no easy solution, the positive news is that we’ve created materials along with the test that supports a gradual transition.  Simply put, because of the Common Core, every high school equivalency exam will require new skills. The GED® test is no exception to this change.  In addition to it only being available in an online format, which is not conducive for the entire adult learner population, the test items will be different (more challenging) from the test that the world of adult education has grown accustomed to. The advantage of TASC test is that it slowly reflects the new curriculum so that students have an opportunity to “catch up.”

The Concern: Employers and Universities won’t accept this as a high school diploma equivalent.

@Misty Propes

Is this test good for adults in ky? would ky factories and universities recognize it?

The Answer:

Test takers should remember, when you take (and pass) the GED® test or any other high school equivalency exam, you don’t get a “GED,” you get a high school equivalency. So much like state acceptance of that high school equivilancey, when a state adopts TASC test as the test for high school equivalency it is considered the official test for that state, and the results of that test will translate into a high school equivalency. (To be clear, it is the high school equivalency that matters for employers and universities, and TASC test is nationally recognized testing solution offering this diploma.

With regards to which states are currently offering TASC test, we suggest you contact your local adult education learning center to find out and visit http://www.tasctest.com/locations-for-test-takers.html.

The Concern:  We can’t find preparation materials!

@Heidi Sagendorph Coffey

When will materials for programs to purchase be available?

The Answer:

Deciding to go back and get your high school diploma takes courage. You may have been out of school for a long time, or only a few years or less. Still, preparing for the test, studying on your own, and practicing the answers to the questions is hard work. The TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ offers a variety of preparation materials to help learners like you prepare for the test.

Check our site often and see what new TASC test prep materials are available.

Learn About the Next Generation High School Equivalency Exam

You are probably aware that the 2002 version of the GED® is being retired at the end of the year. With this change, states now have options when selecting the next test they will use to assess high school equivalency. Several states, including New York and Indiana, have already announced a move to implement an alternative high school equivalency exam called Test Assessing Secondary Completion™, or TASC™.

Many states, including California, are currently working to change the language surrounding high school equivalency tests in their legislative policies. Concerns about costs, accessibility (paper-and-pencil vs. online), and flexibility have spurred much debate about assessing adult learns across the country. TASC offers an easily accessible and flexible alternative at a reasonable per-student cost.

TASC assesses five subject areas including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, measuring the examinees’ levels of achievement and readiness for college and the workforce as outlined by the Common Core State Standards. Assessments are administered in either paper-and-pencil or online format with three forms available each year in English and Spanish with accommodations including large print, Braille, and audio.

Join your California colleagues and CTB/McGraw-Hill, publishers of TASC and TABE®, for an in-depth look through a  series of free webinars to explore these issues and how they impact your adult learners.

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Tuesday, September 24, 10 – 11 AM PDT

Friday, October 11, 12 – 1 PM PDT

Wednesday, November 13, 2 – 3 PM PST

Tuesday, December 17, 12 – 1 PM PST

Wednesday, January 15, 1 – 2 PM PST

Tuesday, February 11, 10 – 11 AM PST

 Click HERE to register today, or visit http://info.ctb.com/CAWebinar_TASC

TASC 411: Frequently Asked Questions and the Answers You Need to Know!

Following the trending topics in Adult Education? Then by now you’ve heard about TASC™ (The Test Assessing Secondary Completion™), a Common Core-aligned high school equivalency assessment that provides access, quality and affordability for the more than 40 million adults in the U.S. without a high school degree or equivalency. While the majority of Americans assume that the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) is the only option available for those interested in pursuing higher education without a high school diploma, now many states are actually exploring alternatives to the current test. In fact, New York is among the first states to select TASC as an alternative, and it will be made available to the New York adult learners beginning in January 2014.

This is certainly an exciting time in adult education and the move to TASC might even be considered a “game changer” in adult education. In an on-going effort to keep you in the loop and fully up-to-date on all the information you need to know about TASC – from how to take it, when it’s available, who it’s available for, etc – we wanted to give you a simple run-down on some of the frequently asked questions, with straight forward answers to help you navigate through your options or equip an adult learner with details about this state-of-the-art solution.

 1.    What is TASC?  The Test Assessing Secondary Completion is CTB/McGraw-Hill’s high school equivalency test.

2.    What does TASC measure? TASC assesses five subjects: Reading/Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

3.    When will the test be available? January 2014

4.    How much does TASC cost? TASC’s base price is $52 per student and includes two free retests, scoring and reporting. Subtests beyond the second retake will cost $18 per student. Any state-imposed testing or administration fees are not included in this cost and will vary by state and/or location.

5.    How many forms are available?

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6.    Is TASC aligned to the Common Core State Standards? Yes, it is aligned to the Common Core State Standards as well as the newest Common Core Standards for Adult Education released by the US Department of Education.

7.    How do students register to take TASC? This will depend on the state. States may utilize their current testing model and register students locally. States also have the option to use the dedicated online CTB registration system or, for those without internet access, the CTB Customer Care group can be contacted at 800.538.9547.

8.    Do those who have already passed some of the current GED®  subtests need to retake them on TASC? State policy will dictate the acceptance of previous GED test scores toward the state’s requirement for credentialing. CTB will assist states in drafting guidelines for their specific uses.

9.     What if someone fails a subtest? Up to two subtest retakes can be taken at no charge as needed after the complete battery has been finished.

 10.  When will study materials be available? CTB/McGraw-Hill is actively assembling a Publishers Forum to work with all publishers preparing content for High School Equivalency tests. Publishers’ content will be available through their own distribution channels including sales representatives, websites, and book stores. In addition, there will be a TASC portal linking customers to this material. Expect to see materials beginning in early Fall 2013.

11.  Why is CTB creating a new High School Equivalency test? States and educators have asked CTB to create a test that allows them to keep using their current testing sites and that helps them transition to Common Core State Standards over the next three years. States all realize adults deserve a test that helps them grow and achieve to their full potential, and states also realize that a transition of this magnitude needs a team approach. TASC lets Adult Basic Education students, educators, and states begin this transition in a fair, respectful, and cost-effective way.

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To read the full press release about the TASC, visit our newsroom and for more information about this product, visit TASCTest.com.


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