Taking the TASC®?

General Description 

The Test Assessing Secondary Completion exam or TASC was designed by CTB/McGraw-Hill as a High School Equivalency (HSE) exam. This is a cheaper alternative (free in New York) to popular HSE alternative such as the GED test or the CHSPE Test in California. This test allows students and adults who didn’t complete high school to show that they have the equivalent skills and knowledge as high school graduates. People without high school diplomas can use their TASC certificate to apply for higher education or qualify for jobs that require grade 12. The testwas established in January 2014 and it is acceptable in New York, Nevada, California, New Jersey, Indiana, Wyoming and West Virginia.


The test is available at different test centers in the states where TASC is approved. Click on the links below to find test sites and register online.

New York
New Jersey
West Virginia

Test Content 

The Test Assessing Secondary Completion test assesses students on five core areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Social Studies
  • Science

Exam Format 

The test is available as a computer based exam and in pencil/paper format. The exam is also available in English and Spanish versions. Students need a scientific calculator for the Mathematics section and passing score is 500 for each sub-test. The exam lasts for about nine hours and usually takes a day or two to administer. Students who fail any sub-test can re-take the test after 60 days.

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Test Strategy

Winning Multiple Choice Strategy for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion exam

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Getting Started
The TASC® Exam 6
A Better Score Is Possible 7
Who does well on Multiple-Choice exams? 9

Types of Multiple-Choice
Multiple-Choice Quick Tips 13

Multiple-choice Step-by-Step

Multiple-choice Strategy Practice
Answer Key 39
Reading Comprehension Practice 52
Answer Key 66

Basic Math Multiple-Choice
Math Multiple-choice Strategy 76
Practice Questions 81
Answer Key 87
Fraction Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 93
Decimal Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 97
Percent Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts 98
Word Problem Multiple-choice Strategy
Types of Word problems 103
Practice Questions 113
Answer Key 116

How to Write an Essay
Common Essay Mistakes I 129
Common Essay Mistakes II 131
Writing Concisely 133
Avoiding Redundancy 135

How to Prepare for a Test
Mental Preparation 146

How to Take a Test
Reading the Instructions 148
How to Take a Test - The Basics 199
In the Test Room – What you MUST do! 154
Common Test-Taking Mistakes 161


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Date Published: Monday, December 15th, 2014
Date Modified: Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

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