There’s nothing like practice to hone your skills and put you more at ease when taking the TASC. Check out our FREE Practice Questions for the TASC and find out what skills need practice before you take the test!
Note: Each section of the TASC contains a few questions that are not in multiple-choice format. At this time, we cover all of the skills purported to be included in the actual test, but all of our practice questions are in multiple-choice format.
The TASC Mathematics test contains two sections. In the first section, you will be allowed to use a calculator, but not in the second session. You will be provided with a page of math formulas to assist you during the test.
The TASC Mathematics section contains multiple-choice questions as well as 11 “gridded response” items, one extended-response item, and one technology-enhanced item. For the “grid in” questions, you won’t have answer choices, but you will need to enter your answer in number boxes by choosing each digit from a list of the numbers 1–9.
Topics covered in the items include Numeration, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics/Probability.
The Math section is divided into two parts, with a 15-minute break between their administration.
The TASC Reading test requires you to read and understand various genres of literature. They will include literary as well as informational text. Be prepared to understand and analyze literature (novels, poetry, and drama) as well as texts from content areas (science, social studies, and technical).
In addition to comprehending what is written, you need to be able to use that text in the following ways:
- separating details from the text and telling how and why they are there
- taking parts of the text and putting them into another context or situation
- combining ideas from the text and forming new conclusions (inference, etc.)
Most of the questions in this section of the TASC are in multiple-choice format. There is one “technology-enhanced” question and one question that requires writing a longer response.
In the Science section of the TASC, you will find 48 multiple-choice questions and one each of extended-response and technology-enhanced questions. Questions in this section cover the areas of the Physical, Life, and Earth/Space sciences. You need to be able to understand passages about various topics in these science domains and be able to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate what you read.
The TASC Social Studies section tests understanding of texts and graphic materials as well as the ability to analyze, apply, and evaluate them. Reading material is taken from these areas: U.S. History, World History, Geography, Civics/Government, and Economics. There are 48 multiple-choice questions and one each of extended-response and technology-enhanced items.
The TASC Writing test is actually a two-part endeavor. First, you will complete about 52 multiple-choice and short-answer questions. These questions are mostly multiple choice, but also include one “technology-enhanced” item, one extended response item. The final 45 minutes of the 105-minute time allotment will be used to write an essay.
Subjects covered in the questions will include:
- grammar and usage
- capitalization, punctuation, and spelling
- knowledge of language
In order to show your skill in these areas, you will be required to edit previously written material that contains errors. The text you edit may come from the workplace or be concerned with academic, business, or other informational subjects.
The essay portion of the writing test asks you to plan, write, and revise an essay on a given topic. The test graders will be looking for these skills:
- clear expression of ideas
- organization of writing
- development of ideas in text
- choice of words
- mechanics (punctuation, spelling, grammar, sentence structure)