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How To Study for the TASC Test

Taking the TASC test can be overwhelming. Studying for it can be just as stressful if you don’t know the proper techniques and strategies. In this article, you will find out how to study for the TASC Test. This guide also includes other tips that will help you get ready for the testing day.

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The Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) is a high school equivalency test that is an alternative to the GED. When a student takes the TASC and passes it, they earn a high school equivalency from the State’s Board of Education

The eligibility to take the TASC varies from state to state. Currently, the TASC is administered in West Virginia, Indiana, New York, and New Jersey.

Check to see if your state offers the TASC and check to see if you meet the eligibility requirements, https://tasctest.com/demo-home/test-takers/state-testing-rules/

The TASC is comprised of 5 sections including a written essay section. Test takers will be tested on writing, reading, science, social studies, and math.

Reading

  • 48 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 1 Response Form
  • 75 Minutes

Writing

  • 50 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 1 Response Form
  • 1 Writing Prompt
  • 105 Minutes

Math

  • 2 Sections for a total of 105 Minutes
  • 42 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 11 Gridded Responses
  • 1 Response Form

Social Studies

  • 48 Multiple Choice Questions
  • 1 Response Form
  • 75 Minutes

(https://tasctest.com/pdfs/TASC_ObjectiveStructure.pdf)

The writing assessment requires a timed written essay that chooses a stance and supports a

claim. The essay will be scored on how the essay was developed, organized, sentence

structure, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation. The essays should be in 5 paragraph

format with an introduction, support paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Some examples of prompts can include:

● How young is too young to have a cell phone?

● Do video games cause violent behavior?

● Is affirmative action still necessary?

● Should marijuana be legalized?

● Should community college be free?

(state of NY https://www.collectedny.org/wpcontent/uploads/2017/12/TASC-Essay-Collection-PDF-final-1.pdf)

In one calendar year, a student can take the TASC three times. Students receive two free retests per sub-section in addition to the initial test.

The cost of the TASC varies from state to state. Testing centers may also include additional fees. Check the state’s cost for the test and check with your testing center.

New York: Free (+ testing center fees)

Indiana: $115 (+ testing center fees)

West Virginia: Free (+ testing center fees)

New Jersey: $114 (+ testing center fees)

The minimum score required to pass is 500 for science, social studies, math, and reading sections. The test-taker is required to earn a minimum of 2 out of 8 points on the written essay portion.

The TASC and GED both have the same value as a high school equivalency. The TASC can be taken via a computer or standard paper tests, whereas the GED is only offered on a computer. The TASC is administered via state approved testing centers and the GED must be taken at a Pearson VUE center. The TASC is also more flexible and affordable than the GED.

The best way to study for the TASC is to determine your starting point before you schedule a test or start studying. By taking the time to take a free TASC practice test, you can get a feel for the test while also seeing a scored report to determine your starting point. You may figure out that fractions, US Government, and the parts of speech are your biggest weaknesses.

Create a study plan starting with your biggest weaknesses. By investing in a TASC online prep course, you can hone in on those specific topics, assess practice test questions, and video tutorials on each of those topics. This strategy reduces time studying material not actually on the test and allows you to study strategically to get the best overall improvement between each practice tests.

When you see your practice test scores soar, you’ll feel confident while taking your TASC.