Frequently Asked Questions
From pricing to scoring to question types, we have the answers to your questions. Prepare your students to pass TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ with peace of mind.
What makes the TASC test official?
The TASC test program is a partnership between Data Recognition Corporation | CTB and each state that decides to use TASC test. This can include the District of Columbia, the Canadian provinces and territories, the U.S. unincorporated territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa), the U.S. military and federal correctional institutions, and the Veteran’s Administration hospitals. Much like state acceptance of a high school’s accreditation, when a state adopts the TASC test as the test for high school equivalency it is considered the official test for that state.
Where can I take the TASC test?
TASC test has been designed to be easily taken at all the test centers where any of the previous high school equivalency tests were administered. That makes TASC test centers easy to find and go to using private or public transportation. Test centers are operated by local school boards, adult education centers, or community colleges. Find test center locations in your state at:
How long is TASC test and what subject areas are covered?
What types of questions are asked on TASC test?
For a complete list of the type of questions asked on the TASC test, please visit:
How much does TASC test cost?
Test centers in states that have approved the TASC test are able to offer the test because of its accessibility, affordability and flexibility. Check with your local test center for TASC test pricing.
How many TASC test forms are available?
Where can TASC test be administered?
TASC test can be easily administered at any test center a state approves. Most of these test centers have existed for many years, and are often located near convenient public transportation stops.
Learn more about location requirements >
Registration and Scheduling
How do students register to take TASC test?
This will depend on the state. States may utilize their current model or they have the option to use the dedicated online DRC|CTB registration system. With the online option test takers create a profile during registration, which includes a username and password as well as their demographic information. Those without internet access may contact the DRC|CTB Customer Care group at 888.282.0589. Please check with your state or your local testing center for additional information.
Who is eligible to take TASC test?
Test takers must meet the following criteria to take TASC test:
• Not currently enrolled in high school
• Not graduated from high school
• At least 16 years old
• All local requirements for your state or territory regarding age, residency, and length of time since leaving school
TASC Test Sample Items
Where can I access TASC test sample items?
TASC test assesses five subjects: Reading/Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The DRC|CTB team has created sample test items to help familiarize test takers with the kinds of items they’ll be asked. The best way to get an idea of what will be asked on TASC test is to take a closer look at some of the sample TASC test questions. This will give you a better idea of what to expect on the test.
What are the Pass Scores for the TASC Test?
The passing score is 500 for each TASC test subject area with the additional requirement to score at least 2 out of 8 on the Writing prompt to pass Writing. Students pass the TASC test overall when they have passed each of the 5 subject area tests.
Subtest Passing Scores
• Language Arts 500
• Mathematics 500
• Science 500
• Social Studies 500
• Writing 500 and at least a 2 out of 8 on the Writing prompt
What happens if you do not pass the test?
You should focus further studies on areas that received low scores, which are reported in an examinee’s test results. This means that if they had a passing score on Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies but did not reach a passing grade on Writing, they will need to study more Writing and take that part of the test again. The same is true for specific areas within each of the 5 subject areas. TASC test results will help guide and focus examinees on the right places to study.
How long does it take to get reports after an examinee has taken a test?
After DRC|CTB receives paper/pencil tests, it can take up to 10 business days for reports to load into the reporting system. Reports from computer-based tests will be in the system within 24 hours, but it typically takes less than three hours.
What test materials are needed for TASC test administration?
Your state’s education department is responsible for ordering the TASC test materials. Data Recognition Corporation DRC|CTB will fulfill and ship the order – including the test books, Examiner’s Manual, and answer sheets – to the test site, which should store the materials securely.
Your test site should receive the following:
Test Coordinator Kit Materials:
• Group Information Sheet (25 per site)
• School Group List (25 per site)
• Test Coordinator Manual (2 per site)
• Return Shipping Labels: 25 white and 25 red labels per site (Paper-and-Pencil Testing Only)
• Examiner’s Manual
• Test Book (Paper-and-Pencil Testing Only)
• Test Directions (Online Testing Only)
• 1 Summary Test Ticket for Examiner (Online Testing Only)
• Test Booklet (Paper-and-Pencil Testing Only)
• Answer Sheet (Paper-and-Pencil Testing Only)
• TI-30XS Scientific calculators (Only for the Mathematics Part 2 & Science Sections)
• 1 Individual Test Ticket for Each Examinee (Online Testing Only)
TASC Test Publishers Guidelines
How can I join the TASC Test Partner Program?
DRC|CTB with a variety of educational publishers to create preparation materials to help examinees prepare for the test. As you consider coming on board as a content publisher there a few key components of the TASC test you should familiarize yourself with. For additional information about joining the TASC test partner program, please email us at TASC_Publisher_Questions@ctb.com.
What are the TASC test branding and trademark guidelines for Publishers?
TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ is a brand name and trademark for DRC|CTB, LLC. TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion is a test used to measure high school equivalency. As a publisher you can help McGraw-Hill protect the trademark, potential test takers, and adult learners from illegal programs and fraud by following these procedures. Get more information about TASC test branding guidelines for Publishers.
TASC Test Readiness
Need help preparing for the TASC Test?
The TASC Test Readiness Assessment can help examinees practice and prepare to see if they have the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to pass the TASC test. By completing the Readiness Assessment, examinees receive a score in the form of a percentage that indicates the likelihood of them passing the TASC test. In addition, the Readiness Assessment provides examinees feedback on areas of weakness, allowing them to better focus their efforts as they prepare to take the test.
To order a copy of the TASC Test Readiness Assessment contact Data Recognition Corporation DRC|CTB TASC Test Customer Support at TASCtest_helpdesk@ctb.com or call 888.282.0589 and select option 4.
Where can I find TASC test sample practice items?
TASC test assesses five subjects: Reading/Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The DRC|CTB team has created sample test items in English and Spanish to help you familiarize yourself with the kinds of items you will be asked on the test. The best way to get an idea of what will be asked on TASC test is to take a closer look at some of the sample TASC test questions. This will give you a better idea of what to expect on the test.
What should I expect taking the TASC test online?
The TASC test online will be offered at test centers that are set up and equipped for online testing. TASC test questions online are the same questions, only you will need to be able to use a computer to take the test. That really means being able to type and understanding how to navigate around the screen using the mouse. Be sure that you practice taking the TASC test with a computer if you know you are going to be at a test center that is providing the test online. That way there will be no surprises the day of test.
What should I expect taking the TASC test on paper?
If you do not feel you can take TASC test online, there is a paper-and-pencil version of TASC test. It is the same test and only requires a pencil to answer the questions. Make sure that the test center you are going to use is providing this version of the test. Some centers may offer either paper-and-pencil or online, while others may only have one or the other. Make sure the test center has the one you want to take.
Understand TABE as it relates to the TASC Test
What is the purpose of TABE vs. the TASC Test?
TABE® is designed to measure progress throughout the continuum of Adult Education, from pre-literacy and basic mathematical concepts, through high school. It follows NRS guidelines, offers NRS EFLs, additional features such as predictive scores to the GED® 2002 test , as well as a new correlation table to the TASC Test. TABE also offers objective level mastery information to help educators better target instruction, and aggregate group information for a quick snapshot of the bigger picture. The TASC Test, which was field tested on graduating high school seniors, is designed to measure high school equivalency based on Common Core and College and Career Readiness Standards. TABE measures progress while the TASC Test measures a final outcome.
Why would a student pass all areas of TABE Level A and not pass the TASC Test?
TABE was designed a decade ago to measure objectives appropriate to the time. With the advent of new High School Equivalency (HSE) assessments measuring the Common Core State Standards and Career and College Readiness Standards, Adult Education is making a very fast transition to a new area, and new expectations.
When will TABE 11&12 be available and what will it look like?
TABE 11&12 is being developed right now. We are honing in on the exact design, and we do know that it will be developed to meet Career and College Readiness Standards, and will be available in paper-and-pencil and online formats. The new TABE 11&12 will feature expanded, easy-to-use reports, adaptive testing, a strong tie-in to the TASC Test and final outcomes (including content up to Grade “13”), and strong curriculum and materials guidance to help educators know where to turn for help. In addition, the new TABE 11&12 platform will be more flexible, more accessible, and more adult-education oriented.