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Course SummaryRefer to this study guide to help you better understand topics relating to history, civics, economics and other areas of social studies. You could expect to find the material addressed in this course when taking the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) Social Studies exam. This Study.com course was last updated in 2018.
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About the Course
Study for the TASC Social Studies exam with our collection of self-paced video lessons and quizzes. Experienced instructors walk you through U.S. history, civics, government, economics, geography, and world history topics covered on the actual test. Plus, our modular course format allows you to select video lessons covering the exam topics you want to view or review.
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About the TASC Social Studies Test
The TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) is a high school equivalency exam used to gauge adult learners' readiness for college coursework or entry into the workforce. It covers five subject areas, one of which is social studies, and is aligned with Common Core State Standards.
The social studies test is available in paper- and computer-based formats. It lasts 75 minutes and includes roughly 50 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question. To successfully answer some of them, you'll need the ability to interpret charts, graphs, and sample passages.
TASC Social Studies Registration and Preparation
Check with your state's education department to see how you can go about signing up for the exam. The registration process varies by state, though options include registering through the TASC website after creating an online account. You'll also want to make sure you meet testing requirements related to age and enrollment status. Generally, test takers must be 16 years of age or older and cannot be currently enrolled in high school.
To ensure you're fully prepared for the TASC Social Studies exam, use this course's self-paced lessons. Instruction is available in the form of illustrated videos as well as transcripts, so you can select a format suited to your learning style. You'll also find short multiple-choice quizzes useful for checking your progress.
TASC Social Studies Scoring and Score Reports
The minimum passing score for the TASC Social Studies test is 500. If you complete the computer-based version of the exam, you can receive your test results within three to 24 hours. Results for paper-based tests are available around ten days after your test date.
U.S. history questions make up 25% of exam content and focus on topics ranging from the American Revolution to contemporary U.S. history. A large portion of test questions assess your knowledge of the Civil War's causes and outcomes as well as the effects of Reconstruction. The emergence of the U.S. as an industrial power in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is also covered. Life in the U.S. before, during, and after World War II is another area of emphasis and includes topics like the Great Depression, America's involvement in World War II, the civil rights movement, and Cold War-era conflicts.
This course contains lessons on each of these periods in American history, beginning with the Battle of Bunker Hill and concluding with an examination of 21st century American presidencies.
Civics and Government
Civics and government questions also make up a quarter of exam content. These questions require a familiarity with the federal government's organization, the roles of state and local governments, and the nature of federalism. You'll also need to understand how political parties, public opinion, and the media influence the political process. The history and founding principles of the U.S.'s constitutional democracy are covered as well, as are the various forms of government and the civic responsibility of individuals.
To prepare you for these types of civics and government questions, this course includes chapters examining the elements of American government, political parties, civil liberties, American political culture, and more.
Twenty percent of TASC Social Studies test questions cover economics. Success in this content domain requires an understanding of the costs and benefits associated with various forms of public policy. A basic comprehension of the effects of investment decisions on the economy, the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic growth, and the impacts of unemployment and inflation are also required. Other economics questions ask you to demonstrate your understanding of how supply and demand, consumer choice, and producers' use of technology affect prices. The role of competition in a market economy and the purposes of various economic institutions are covered as well.
This course's entertaining video lessons clearly explain even the trickiest economics concepts. Lessons cover everything from economic scarcity and consumer choice to market equilibrium and the economics of public policy in a way that makes them easy to understand.
Geography questions make up 15% of the test and require an ability to discern how the human and physical characteristics that distinguish one region from the next change with the passing of time. You'll also need to be familiar with the impacts of human activity on the environment and the factors affecting population distributions and settlement patterns.
To affirm your understanding of these concepts, watch our short video lessons on topics like spatial processes, political geography, settlement patterns, and human migration.
The world history content domain also makes up 15% of test questions, many of which cover the causes of political, agricultural, and industrial revolutions occurring in the 1700's and 1800's. You'll also need to be familiar with Western social reforms, nationalist movements, and imperialism in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The consequences of World War I, the efforts at stability in the decades that followed, and the causes of World War II are covered here as well. You should also be prepared to answer questions about the political reconstruction that took place after World War II's end.
Need a refresher on any of these topics? Check out this course's lessons on American imperialism, Europe after World War II, and the Cold War.
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