Test Assessing Secondary Completion

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Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)


CTB/McGraw-Hill introduced the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) incorporating common core standards in early 2014 as an alternative high school equivalency testing tool.[1] Using the 45-year old Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) assessment as a foundation, the company developed the TASC based on research, expert content development, and field testing of items to insure that the test was aligned with common core standards of achievement for high school seniors.[2]

Function of the Test

TASC Study Guide

The Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) is an assessment of high school equivalency that can be used by state education departments to provide remedial education, assess individuals’ readiness to advance to higher education or career-focused training, and to award high school diplomas or equivalencies to individuals who have not completed a traditional high school or general education certificate program. Performance is assessed relative to standard achievement levels expected of high school seniors, covering five subject areas: reading writing, mathematics, science and social studies.[3] To be eligible to take the TASC test, individuals must be at least 16 years old and must not be enrolled in, or have graduated from, high school at the time of application. Individual states may impose additional requirements for applicants.[4] TASC is offered as an alternative to the more expensive GED test in an increasing number of states.[5] Those who have adopted the TASC test grant successful candidates with a high school equivalency after passing the test.[6] Candidates who pass the TASC test in a state that has adopted it as a high school equivalency test may use their passing grade as proof of eligibility for college financial aid.[7] Some states have chosen to partner with McGraw-Hill to use TASC as their only high school equivalency diploma test. These states are listed on the TASC Web site.[8]

Test Administration

TASC Flashcards

The TASC test can be taken at multiple locations, often community colleges or adult education centers, in those states that have approved TASC equivalency testing. Each state manages its own registration and test administration processes.[9] The test is offered in both pencil-and-paper and computer-based formats for a fee of $52. Individuals who do not pass the test may opt to retake it up to two times in the same year for free.[10]

Test Format

Sections of the TASC Test
TASC Test Subject Areas Minutes
Mathematics (Part 1 & 2) 105
Writing 105
Reading 75
Science 85
Social Studies 75

Test Structure

The TASC test is made up of five different subtests: mathematics, science, reading, writing, and social studies. Tests are timed, and each subtest is timed differently. The test is primarily multiple-choice, but contains an essay in the writing section.[11]

Test Environment

TASC test centers are located in the states of Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, and West Virginia. Many high schools and other educational institutions administer the test. The test is available in both online and paper and pencil versions.On Day of Exam 23 April 2015</ref>

Test Content

  • The Reading section contains questions on Reading - Informational+Language (70%) and Reading - Literary + Language (30%)
  • Questions 1-2 refer to the following passage:
“His pride,” said Miss Lucas, “does not offend me so much as pride often does, because there is an excuse for it. One cannot wonder that so very fine a young man, with family, fortune, everything in his favour, should think highly of himself. If I may so express it, he has a right to be proud.”
“That is very true,” replied Elizabeth, “and I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
“Pride,” observed Mary, who piqued herself upon the solidity of her reflections, “is a very common failing I believe. By all that I have ever read, I am convinced that it is very common indeed, that human nature is particularly prone to it, and that there are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of self-complacency on the score of some quality or other, real or imaginary. Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
  1. Why doesn't the gentleman's pride offend Miss Lucas?
    A. She admires his vanity.
    B. He offended Elizabeth.
    C. It is human nature to be proud
    D. He is poor and homeless.
    E. He is handsome and rich.
  2. What are Elizabeth's feelings towards the gentleman?
    A. She is offended by him.
    B. She enjoys his company.
    C. She is proud of him.
    D. She wants to get to know him better.
    E. She is glad he is rich
  • The Writing section contains questions on Language and Writing
  • Questions 1-2 refer to the following passage:
1) A new car is second only to a home as the most expensive purchase that many consumers make. 2) According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the average price of a new car sold in the United States as of February 2010 was $28,400. 3) That’s why it’s important to know how to make a smart deal.
  1. Which is best added to the beginning of sentence 1?
    A new car is second only to a home as the msot expensive purchase many consumers make.
    A. However
    B. Although
    C. Increasingly
    D. For example
    E. Rarely
  2. In context, which is the best version of sentence 2?
    According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the average price of a new car sold in the United States as of February 2010 was $28,400.
    A. (As it is now)
    B. The average price, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association, of a new car sold in the United States as of February 2010 was $28,400.
    C. According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, of a new car sold in the United States as of February 2010 was $28,400.
    D. Sold in the United States as of February 2010 was $28,400, accordingly to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the average price of a new car.
    E. The average price of a new car, according to the national Automobile Dealers Association, in the United States sold as of February 2010 was $28,400.
  • The Mathematics section covers Number and Quantity (15%), Algebra (25%), Functions (25%), Geometry (25%), and Statistics and Probability (10%)
  1. If 10x + 2 = 7, what is the value of 2x?
    A. 0.5
    B. -0.5
    C. 1
    D. 5
    E. 10
  2. Jack and Kevin play in a basketball game. If the ratio of points scored by Jack to points scored by Kevin is 4 to 3, which of the following could NOT be the total number of points scored by the two boys?
    A. 7
    B. 14
    C. 16
    D. 28
    E. 35
  • The Science section contains questions on Physical Science (33%), Life Science (34%), and Earth and Space Science (33%)
  1. The rate of a chemical reaction depends on all of the following except
    A. temperature
    B. surface area.
    C. presence of catalysts.
    D. amount of mass lost
  2. Which of the following is an example of a non-communicable disease?
    A. influenza
    B. tuberculosis
    C. arthritis
    D. measles
  • The Social Studies section contains questions on US History (25%), World History (15%), Civics and Government (25%), Geography (15%), and Economics (20%)
  1. Which country put the first satellite in space, in 1957?
    A. Russia
    B. United States
    C. Germany
    D. Korea

More free TASC practice test questions.


To pass the test, candidates must achieve a score of 500 or more in each of the five test sections, and must score a minimum of 2 out of a possible 8 on the Writing prompt given as part of the Writing section. Any sections for which a candidate scores below 500 must be retaken and passed before a passing score is granted on the test as a whole. Areas needing remediation are reported on a candidate’s score report to assist in achieving passing scores.[12] The passing score for the TASC is set at a level that exceeds the performance of about 40% of graduating high school seniors.[13]

Recent/Future Developments

As a recent offering, the TASC is still evolving. Secondary level common core standards will be more completely integrated into the assessment starting in 2015, and in 2016, developers intend to implement adaptive, artificial intelligence (AI) based test scoring.[14] While some states have already adopted the TASC as their high school equivalency testing platform, others are still in the negotiation stage and therefore state participation is still evolving. [15]

Answers to Sample Questions

Reading 1;E 2;A Writing 1;C 2;A Mathematics 1;C 2;C Science 1;D 2;C Social Studies 1;A


  1. ^ Test Assessing Secondary Completion Brochure April 16, 2015
  2. ^ TASC Test Objective Structure April 16, 2015
  3. ^ Test Assessing Secondary Completion Brochure April 16, 2015
  4. ^ Frequently Asked Questions April 16, 2015
  5. ^ California Approves CTB/McGraw-Hill’s TASC Test High School Equivalency Exam as a Statewide Alternative April 16, 2015
  6. ^ After the Test April 16, 2015
  7. ^ US Department of Education Recognized Equivalent of a High School Diploma April 16, 2015
  8. ^ State Approval of TASC Test April 16, 2015
  9. ^ TASC Test Center Locations April 16, 2015
  10. ^ the TASC Comparison April 16, 2015
  11. ^ TASC FAQ 23 April 2015
  12. ^ Frequently Asked Questions April 16, 2015
  13. ^ TASC Test Design April 16, 2015
  14. ^ Test Assessing Secondary Completion Brochure April 16, 2015
  15. ^ State Approval of TASC Test April 16, 2015