What Is the TASC? Practice Tests and Prep for the TASC Test
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What Is the TASC Test? The TASC exam is a recognized high school equivalency (HSE) test designed by the Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) and the CTB. It is recognized as a valid HSE test across a large portion of the United States. The United States Department of Education has defined high school equivalency tests as standardized assessments that aid anyone aged 16 or older who is not enrolled in a high school curriculum “to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and, subsequently, to gain employment or begin postsecondary education or training.” People who never received a high school diploma, but who wish to enter the workforce, can use TASC to advance their employment opportunities.
Why Should I Take the TASC Test? A high school equivalency certification opens more doors than you may think. Whether you want to get a promotion, apply for a better job, or earn your college degree, a high school equivalency certificate can help you achieve it. But you don’t have to stop everything you're doing and go back to high school just to earn one. You can take the TASC instead. TASC tests are readily available in 12 states, including New York, New Jersey, California, and Texas, and are considered to be a superior within the realm of HSE tests. Though the test has been known to be on the challenging side of HSE tests, the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the testing process are meant to properly prepare you for your future career endeavors. The TASC is likewise treated as a significant indicator of college and career readiness by countless of employers and colleges across the U.S. For more information about the TASC testing process, visit our TASC FAQ page.
TASC Subjects and Sections The TASC test is made up of five subtests, and it is administered in either English or Spanish. In order to gain a TASC HSE certification, all five subtests must be taken and passed. Each subtest is designed in alignment with the United States Common Core Curriculum. The five subtests making up the TASC test include:
- Social studies
The following table specifies test items and testing times by subtest:
TASC Test Items and Testing Time
|Subtest ||Test Items||Testing Time |
|Reading ||50 multiple-choice items 7–8 passages ||75 minutes|
|Writing ||Part 1: 50 multiple-choice items Part 2: 1 prompt (text based) ||Part 1: 55 minutes |
Part 2: 50 minutes
Total: 105 minutes
|Mathematics ||Part 1: 40 multiple-choice items |
Part 2: 12 gridded-response items
|Part 1: 55 minutes |
Part 2: 50 minutes
Total: 105 minutes
|Science ||47 multiple-choice items 8 stimuli ||75 minutes|
|Social Studies ||47 multiple-choice items 8 stimuli ||75 minutes|
TASC tests are administered in their respective states three times a year, and they can be taken on paper or as a computerized test. For a more extensive understanding of test items and subject areas on the TASC test, visit our Free TASC Sample Questions page.
TASC Reading The TASC Reading test assesses reading readiness in alignment with the Common Core's high school standard of college and career readiness. 70% of the exam is comprised of informational texts and the remaining 30% is allocated to literary texts. Both of these areas require students to demonstrate knowledge of key ideas and details, as well as craft and structure skills. Students must also be able to integrate key ideas and knowledge into their answers.
Upon reading the various texts provided on the test, students will be asked to answer questions assessing these four concepts:
- Comprehension – Test takers must demonstrate a basic understanding of the texts.
- Analysis – Test takers must be able to evaluate how specific details are used within the text and provide an explanation of them.
- Application – Test takers must be able to use ideas and themes from one text in different contexts and scenarios.
- Synthesis – Test takers must demonstrate the understanding that major ideas and themes within the text can come together to create a larger message.
You should expect to receive texts in the form of stories, drama, poems, myths, and nonfiction. Acquainting yourself with these text types will help you build proper comprehension, analysis, application, and synthesis skills to guide you through the test items.
TASC Writing The TASC Writing subtest evaluates student language and writing abilities in alignment with the Common Core standards for grades 7–12. Students must display proper demonstration of four elements throughout both sections of the Writing test:
- Organization of ideas, sentences, and paragraphs.
- Sentence structure – Test takers must be able to identify run-ons, fragments, and parallel structures.
- Usage – Test takers must be able to apply correct grammar, parts of speech, and tense.
- Mechanics – This includes basic writing technicalities such as capitalization, punctuation, and possessives.
In addition to the writing technicalities that must be displayed in your writing responses, the writing prompt section will require you to write a convincing argument with supportable evidence that demonstrates thoughtful organization. Proper grammar usage will also be rewarded in the scoring process. Be sure to carefully plan and organize your writing throughout your practice. In addition, proofread your work to ensure there are no grammatical or technical errors.
TASC Mathematics The Mathematics test focuses on mathematical abilities that contribute to college and career readiness. Calculator usage is permitted for only the second half of the test. The main focus of this subtest is on mathematical reasoning skills. These reasoning skills are assessed through basic math questions, word problems, algebra, and geometry. For more information on the TASC Math test and what the test entails, visit our TASC Math Practice page.
TASC Science The TASC Science test assesses students according to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The test centers around the follow subjects:
- Life sciences – molecules and organisms, ecosystems, hereditary sciences, and biological evolution
- Earth sciences – various systems utilized on earth, earth's placement in the universe, and human activity
- Space sciences – matter, motion and stability (force), and various wave types
33% of test items focus on physical sciences, 34% on life sciences, and the remaining 33% on earth and space sciences.
TASC Social Studies The TASC Social Studies subtest is made up of a number of content areas that are considered "high emphasis areas." The TASC Social Studies test is comprised of the following subject areas:
- US History – This subject area focuses on four different history eras: colonial times, Civil War times, WWI-WWII—with a strong emphasis on the Great Depression, and the Post War era. In addition to the historical events addressed in test items, test takers are also asked a number of questions focusing on monumental figures who contributed to U.S. history.
- World History – This subject area mainly focuses on the two World Wars, but it also dedicates some items to the Revolution era (1750-1914) throughout the globe.
- Civics and Government – Test takers should familiarize themselves with U.S. government structure as well as U.S. citizen rights. Specific emphasis will focus on the U.S.'s checks and balances system.
- Geography – Test items in this area cover U.S. places and regions, environment, and human systems and societies.
- Economics – This includes microeconomics, as well as macroeconomics, inflation, and unemployment. Test takers should also familiarize themselves with the Federal Reserve System.
Familiarizing yourself with these high emphasis areas will help you when preparing for the test. The bulk of the test is dedicated to U.S. History (25%) and Civics and Government (25%). Economics comprises 20% of test questions, while World History and Geography each cover 15% of test items. Focusing on the larger subject areas will ensure a higher chance of success on test day.
For a deeper understanding of the various tests on the TASC types and to familiarize yourself with question types, visit our Free TASC Sample Questions page.
What Scores Do I Need? To pass the TASC test and receive a valid HSE certification, you must pass all five subtests and demonstrate a skill set that meets or surpasses approximately 60 percent of graduating high school seniors. Thus, if you do pass the TASC test, it means you have demonstrated the same knowledge ability as 40 percent of high school graduates across the United States. Each TASC subtest requires a passing grade of 500 or higher. The writing prompt in part 2 of the Writing subtest requires a score of 2 out of 8 or higher.
Should a candidate fail a particular subtest, he or she may take that subtest again. However, there is no need to retake the entire exam. For a more extensive explanation of TASC scoring and results, visit our TASC Results page.
How to Prepare for the TASC Test Passing five different subject areas on the TASC test is no easy feat, especially since TASC test takers are required to learn the material outside of a classroom setting. Thus, properly preparing with study time and practice tests can be the key to your success on the test. Test Prep-Online has the resources to help you do just that. With our authentic study guides and practice tests, you will arrive at test day feeling confident and prepared to embark on the opportunities that will arise with your newly acquired HSE certification.
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