All About the GED: Indiana

As Indiana and the rest of the country moves toward a more knowledge-based economy, government officials recognize the importance of providing the current workforce with educational opportunities. If you never graduated from high school, the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) credential can provide you with a helpful alternative to a high school diploma.

Earning Your High School Equivalency in Indiana

In January 2014, Indiana replaced the General Educational Development (GED) exam with the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) from McGraw-Hill Education CTB.

TASC Structure

The TASC is made up of five subtests - reading, writing, social studies, science, and mathematics. Test-takers will encounter multiple-choice questions, reading tasks, constructed response, and technology-enhanced items. The TASC is available in both paper- and computer-based formats. Students can take the exam in either English or Spanish. Completing all five subtests takes about seven and a half hours.

Eligibility

Indiana requires students be residents of the state for at least 30 days prior to the day of testing. Test-takers must not already have a high school diploma or equivalency. Individuals may take the TASC exams if they are 18 years or older. However, students aged 16 and 17 may be eligible to sit for the exam if they can provide official documentation of their withdrawal from school. More information can be found on the state's Department of Workforce Development website (www.in.gov/dwd).

Scoring

The highest score for each TASC subtest is 800. Passing the TASC requires a score of 500 on each of the five subtests and a score of at least 2 on the writing section's essay.

For those needing to retake a section of the TASC, Indiana allows two retakes per calendar year.

Preparation

McGraw-Hill recommends that students prepare before taking the TASC exam. To that end, the TASC website lists a variety of test preparation options including: workbooks, online courses, sample tests, study guides, and mobile study apps.

Others might be interested in in-person courses, which can typically be found by contacting one of the 100+ Adult Education centers in the state. Indiana's Department of Workforce Development provides a list of centers on its website.

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