EFFECTIVE JUNE 30, 2020, THE STATE OF OHIO WILL NO LONGER OFFER TASC AS A TESTING OPTION. Adult Learners will be required to take the GED or HiSET.
If you didn’t finish high school, you can still demonstrate that you have the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate through a test.
This test is called a high school equivalency (HSE) credential. For many years, Ohio only offered the GED® exam, but in 2017, the Ohio Department of Education approved three HSE testing assessment options for adult learners: GED, TASC®, and HiSET®.
The TASC ®
TASC = Test Assessing Secondary Completion
The State of Ohio offers an $80 voucher, reducing the cost to just $14 for first time test takers.
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT: Both paper/pencil, as well as computerized
Test takers even have the option of mixing and matching by subject area. For example, math can be done on a computer, while the essay could be completed using paper and pencil.
Computer testing asks the same questions as the paper/pencil test but does have some different features including Technology Enhanced Questions.
- Math: 105 minutes, 42-43 questions (half with a TI-30XS calculator, half without)
- Writing: 110 minutes (includes 45 minutes for essay writing), 50-51 questions. Students will be given one of two essay prompts: Argumentative or Informational. Students won’t know in advance which prompt they will be given.
- Reading: 85 minutes, 48-49 questions
- Science: 75 minutes, 48-49 questions
- Social Studies: 75 minutes, 48-49 questions
SCORES: Range from 300 to 800
To pass, students need a minimum score of 500 in each subject area, and a score of at least 2 out of 8 is required for the essay portion of the Writing subject.
TEST LENGTH: 7 hours, 45 minutes
PUBLISHER: Data Recognition Corporation (DRC)
DRC is one of the leading test development partners in the US and is the developer of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE®). Seeds of Literacy uses the TABE as an initial assessment of an adult learner’s ability.
Benefits of Earning Your High School Equivalency (HSE)
- There are many benefits that result from taking an HSE test, including significantly better job prospects and the opportunity to enter a community or 4-year college.
- Over the course of a lifetime, an HSE graduate earns an average of $1,000,000 more than someone without a high school diploma or HSE.
- An HSE is a is a way to increase financial security. Research also shows that once parents get an HSE, they’re more likely to encourage their children to seek educational opportunities and complete educational milestones.