You’re not alone in taking your high school equivalency exam. Discover the stories of real TASC test takers below.
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Sergio Garcia, Age 19, New York
Sergio recently passed the TASC test after deciding he wanted to pursue a bachelor’s degree and become a detective. His top piece of advice to future test takers is to “think and focus.” Discover his story:
“The highest grade I completed was tenth grade about three years ago. [I realized] that I want a bright future for myself. My motivation and inspiration was seeing others around me graduate high school and college and begin their careers.
I took the paper-and-pencil test at my local testing center, which is only a few minutes away from my house. I chose to take the test on paper and not on computer due to my comfort level.
Every time I failed a practice test on my own time it brought me down, but I persevered. I continued taking practice tests until I was satisfied with my results.
[Now] I plan to earn a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, become a police officer, and over time become a detective.”
Crystal Tracy, Age 31, Indiana
Crystal’s three-year-old daughter played a major role in motivating her to earn her high school equivalency. Get the full story of this Northwest Indiana woman’s journey with the TASC test:
“My daughter…knows that Momma goes to school and is very excited every time she goes with my husband to drop me off at my classes. I will instill in her the importance of finishing high school and never giving up on your dreams.
Prior to taking the TASC test, my highest grade completed was the 10th grade, which I repeated three years in a row, starting in 2001. My mom really didn’t believe in education and needed me to earn a living to help support the family, so she made me give up on school and get a job.
I chose the TASC test because the state of Indiana switched over to the new test in 2014, and it was my New Year’s resolution to get my diploma.
To prepare for the TASC test, I attended classes at the testing center and used the online study guides for math. I had not done school work since 2001, 13 years ago, so it was a major change from what I was used to. I overcame these challenges by not getting overwhelmed and just studying the material.
I was a part of the first group to take the TASC test at the testing center. We had people get up during the test and walk out without even trying to see if they could pass. They gave up on themselves. My advice is to just persevere, don’t give up, and stay strong. Make sure you study for the test, and don’t be too hard on yourself.
I am currently attending Ivy Tech Community College working towards my associate degree in criminal justice, with a transfer goal in mind to get bachelor’s degree.”
Shanequa Grant, Brooklyn, New York
Shanequa Grant passed the TASC test in August 2014. Find out how earning her high school equivalency helped her set an example for her children and pursue college.
“I completed the 11th grade, but I failed my 12th grade Science Regents Exam twice. I was told I needed 6 more months [of school] in order to receive my diploma. I felt so degraded because all my friends had graduated, and I was being held back. So, unfortunately, I gave up and refused to go back to school.
[To prepare] I had my grandfather order the Data Recognition Corporation | CTB TASC test and Kaplan TASC test study books for me.
I feel wonderful [after passing]! I doubted myself. But I’ve passed with flying colors and I barely had two months to study. It gave me confidence in myself. I am going to continue my education in health information technology at Technical Career Institute College of Technology to become a medical assistant. In the meantime, I am scheduled to take the New York State School Safety Exam so I can begin to work. Never doubt yourself. Have faith and don’t give up!”
Chantal Reddon, Age 25, New York
New York resident Chantal Reddon took the TASC test in 2014 at Riverside Testing Center in Yonkers, nine years after dropping out after 10th grade. Find out how the TASC test renewed her motivation to succeed:
“What kept me from earning my diploma was me! I thought it was cool to run the streets and be like every other individual around me. I surrounded myself with a bunch of negative people, which basically made me think negatively about everything else (including myself). I thought if I tried, I would still fail. Now I know that not trying is worse than actually failing.
I did not have any inspiration until I met my teacher, Miah Hedgepeth. It took meeting Miah, a complete stranger who believed in me, to believe in myself. She made me feel like no matter what I did, no matter where I’m from, I could do better and succeed. I knew I had to be the one to do the right thing and show others like myself that education is important and you can become whatever you want. She gave me something that no one else did and that was hope and motivation, which I want to give to others someday, too.
“I prepared for the TASC test by enrolling in classes at Pathways to Success. I was taught every subject I needed. Also, my teacher would give me websites with practice items to do at home on my own to brush up on my problem areas. Some of the study materials helped me a lot.
“I love helping others, which is why I’m pursuing a career in the medical field. I also have dreams of one day owning my own business, which would help children from all backgrounds who are less fortunate. I want to be able to provide them with everything they need. My goals are to finish college and earn my associate degree and continue from there. I’m just taking it one step at a time.
I feel like there is now a chance for me to pursue dreams I once thought I could no longer achieve.”
Elizabeth Potter, Uniondale, New York
Elizabeth Potter of New York decided to earn her high school equivalency to set an example for her children. Before passing the TASC test, she had completed 10th grade in 2001. Here’s her take on the test:
“All the subjects seemed pretty easy except math. The math was hard. The reading wasn’t bad, but it was just a lot of reading, so you have to learn how to manage your time.
My advice to all TASC test takers and people who want to take the test [is] to study and read a lot so you can build up your vocabulary. If you’re going to a prep school, make sure they are teaching you the updated material. My prep school was teaching old material from last year’s GED® test. Last but not least, if the teacher tells you, [or] they feel like you’re not ready to test, don’t listen to them. They told me the same thing and look at me now. I passed.