Since 2014, a state can offer up to three options for obtaining a high school equivalency. The TASC is a test that is being used in some states in lieu of the traditional GED test or as an option to it. The TASC may be less expensive and the testing experience more flexible than the GED one. You need to check with your state adult education program to find out if taking the TASC is an option where you live. A state must have adopted the TASC as an approved test of high school equivalency for it to be valid in that state. Also, ask about any additional requirements your state may have for receiving a high school equivalency certificate.
Like the GED, the TASC provides assessments in five areas: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. You must score at least 500 on each of the subtests and 2 out of 8 on the writing essay to pass the entire TASC.
Both the TASC and GED are aligned with the Common Core goals for secondary education (which now drives traditional high school study) and College and Career Readiness standards. Additionally, both tests include varied answer formats, including the traditional multiple choice, but also included things like “grid-ins,” extended writing responses, and technology-enhanced items.
One difference between the GED test and the TASC is that the testing center can choose to administer either a paper-and-pencil or computer version of the TASC, or it can offer both. The GED is now administered via computer only.
If you are unfamiliar with testing on a computer, check out this video for more information. TASC testing centers often have a “TASC Readiness Test” that will help you become familiar with the TASC testing experience, so you can contact your center to request this.