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TASC® Test Information

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

COST: $92
The State of Ohio offers an $80 voucher, reducing the cost to just $12 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.

SUBJECT AREAS:

  • 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.