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High School Equivalency Credentials: A Closer Look at the TASC®

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®.

As part of our series on the new high school equivalency offerings, we’re taking a closer look at the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion).


HOW MUCH DOES THE TASC COST? $92
The State of Ohio offers an $80 voucher, reducing the cost of the TASC to just $12 for first time test takers.

CAN I TAKE THE TASC ON A COMPUTER? METHOD OF ASSESSMENT: Both paper/pencil, as well as computerized

Computer testing asks the same questions as the paper/pencil test but does have some different features including Technology Enhanced Questions

WHAT SUBJECTS ARE COVERED BY THE TASC? HOW MANY QUESTIONS ARE THERE? HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO TAKE EACH SECTION?

  • 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

WHAT SCORE DO I NEED TO PASS THE TASC? Scores Range from 300 – 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.

HOW LONG IS THE TASC TEST? 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.

Read more in our series of HSE blogs.

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