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.