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All About the GED: West Virginia

If you are a West Virginia resident who is considering a high school equivalency credential, you may be taking the first step in opening up further career and education opportunities. Read on to learn more about pursuing the TASC exam in West Virginia.

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Earning Your High School Equivalency in West Virginia

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

TASC Eligibility and Applying

West Virginia requires students interested in taking the TASC exam to first complete the TASC Readiness Assessment (TRA), which can be done at an Adult Education Center or at the Option Pathway school. Upon successful completion of the TRA, the Adult Education or Option Pathway teacher will help students register for the TASC exam.

Individuals may take the TASC exams if they are 18 years or older. However, individuals aged 16 and 17 may be eligible to sit for the exam if certain criteria are met. Visit West Virginia's Department of Education website to see what documentation is required to register for the exam.

Students with physical, psychological, emotional, or learning disabilities may qualify for special testing accommodations for both the TRA and TASC.

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, West Virginia requires a 30-day waiting period between retakes.

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. All five subtests have a maximum time length of seven and a half hours (English), or eight hours (Spanish).

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 through the WV Department of Education or by contacting one of the 50+ TASC testing centers in the state.

Why Take the TASC Exam in West Virginia?

The TASC exam was created to assess high school equivalency credentials of adults in alignment with Common Core and College and Career Readiness Standards. These exams will help prepare students for a lifelong career or college studies, free of charge. With a credential that's equivalent to a high school diploma, students have the potential to earn a median annual salary of $35,256, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Individuals with less than a high school diploma earn significantly less, with a median annual salary of $25,636.

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