The TASC is comprised of five sections: Language-Arts Reading, Language-Arts Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. Each section contains primarily multiple choice questions. You will also encounter extended response, gridded response, and, if you’re taking the test on a computer, technology-enhanced questions such as drag-and-drop. The second half of the Language-Arts Writing section also features an essay based on a texts and a writing prompt.
Every multiple choice and gridded response question is worth one point. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers, so be sure to answer every question. Extended response questions may worth more if there are more than two answers. If a question has two parts, you must answer both correctly to get the question right.
The essay is graded by two readers on a scale from 0 to 4, so the highest achievable score is 8. If the scores are within one point of one another, they are added together for a total score. For example, if one reader scores an essay 4 and another scores it 3, the total score would be 7. If their scores differ by more than one point, a third reader is brought in and then the two scores closest together out of the three will be used for the final essay grade.
A raw score is computed based on how many questions you answer correctly in each section. This number is put into a mathematical equation that converts it to a scaled score that ranges between 300-800. Each of the five subjects requires a score of 500 to be considered passing, and you must also score a minimum of 2/8 on the essay portion of the Language-Arts Writing test.
If you do not achieve a passing score on a certain subtest, there’s a silver lining- you don’t need to take the entire test again! You can take up to two subtest retakes for free, and any additional retakes are $10.40.