All About the TASC
The TASC was introduced in 2014 by Data Recognition Corporation as an updated alternative to other high school equivalency tests, such as the GED. It recognizes that educational standards and methods have changed over the years, and that a high school equivalency exam should be an assessment of the same challenges faced by today's graduating seniors.
Like other equivalency tests, passing the TASC is considered equivalent to earning a high school diploma. Doing so can help you get into college or find a better job. Currently, the TASC is offered on a state-by-state basis; Data Recognition Corporation helps each state develop its own version of the TASC so that the test is an accurate assessment of state standards.
As of 2018, the TASC is offered in:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
What's Covered on the TASC
The TASC consists of five subtests, which each one covering updated content and skills expectations in a specific subject area. Note that you may take and retake each subtest individually, but you must eventually pass all five to earn a high school equivalency diploma.
|Mathematics||Numbers and Quantities, Algebra, Functions, Statistics and Probability, Geometry|
|Science||Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Space Science|
|Reading||Foundational Texts, Literature, Informational Texts (such as biographies, essays and speeches, articles, interviews, op-ed pieces and more)|
|Writing||Grammar, Mechanics, Usage, Essay Writing|
|Social Studies||History, Government, Civics, Economics, Geography|
For a more detailed and structured review of the content you'll encounter in each subject, check out Study.com's TASC practice and prep courses:
Taking the TASC
Although age, residency and education requirements vary by state, you'll generally take the TASC at any state-approved testing center once you become eligible. You can look up specific policies for your state and find a testing center near you on the official TASC website (tasctest.com).
The TASC may be taken online or on paper. Some testing centers only offer one test version, while others may allow you to choose which version you'd like to take.
Although it's designed to be more affordable than other high school equivalency tests, you will have to pay a fee to take the TASC. These fees also vary by state, but you will usually have the option to pay for one subtest at a time or all five at once, with discounted retakes.
Alternative Formats: The TASC is available in English and Spanish, with audio, Braille and large print versions also available on request.
Accommodations: If you require special accommodations for a disability, you may fill out a TASC accommodations form; be sure to do this well in advance to allow time for processing and approval.
Scoring the TASC
After finishing your TASC tests, it may take some time to get your scores, though they usually arrive faster if you took the online version. When they become available, you can check your scores online on your TASC account.
To pass the TASC and earn a high school equivalency diploma, you must earn at least 500 points on all five subtests, plus 2 points on the essay section. Note that Distinguished Achievement scores are also available for test takers scoring a 560 or better in Mathematics, a 580 or better in Reading, a 560 or better in Writing and 6 out of 8 points on the Writing essay.