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Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) — A National Test for High School Equivalency

TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ is a state-of-the-art and affordable national high school equivalency assessment, accessible to the approximately 40 million adults in the U.S. who have not graduated from high school or obtained an equivalency diploma.

Subject Areas and Grades

TASC test assesses five subject areas including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. It measures examinees' levels of achievement and readiness for college and the workforce as outlined by the Common Core State Standards.


• Immediate scoring for computer-based tests
• Paper-based and writing tests are sent to CTB and
  returned within 10 days

Delivery Formats

• Paper-and-pencil
• Online

When is TASC test available?

• TASC test launched in January 2014.

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TASC Test Includes:

  • Three TASC test forms are available each year in English and Spanish with accommodations including large print, Braille, and audio.
  • Content that is fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards in 2014 with a design to support adult learners and adult education centers as they increase familiarity of new item types from 2014 to 2016.
  • The online platform used by TASC test is the same high-stakes, secure platform currently used by TABE Online® and TABE Adaptive® customers.
  • Coming soon! With shorter administration times and no loss of accuracy, TASC Adaptive is in the works.

TASC Test — Program Flexibility to Meet Your Budget and Goals
Minimize disruption to your state's high school equivalency diploma program. Whether paper/pencil or online, you can test where you want to test, in a format and a location you and your students are comfortable with. The choice is yours.

TASC test is available in both paper-and-pencil and online formats. Online or on paper—the choice is yours.

Paper-and-Pencil Tests:

  • Easy to use – the same delivery format that has been in use for decades
  • Support a gradual transition from paper-and-pencil to online assessment for:
    • Sites lacking adequate computer labs
    • Students who are not yet comfortable taking an online test
    • Sites such as correctional facilities, where the ability to administer online exams is limited
  • Provide accommodations for students with special needs when online accommodations are not optimal
  • Comparable to online tests with respect to content coverage, rigor, and passing requirements

Online Tests:

  • Easy-to-understand interface is simple for students to use, primarily requiring the student to understand how to navigate the screen using a mouse and the ability to type an essay in the allotted time
  • Provide instant reports except for tests requiring hand-scoring (e.g., the writing test in 2014)
  • Offer improved efficiency — test items and student data are secure using the latest online security protocols

Why select TASC test from CTB/McGraw-Hill?
CTB is the leader in developing assessments for the adult basic education market. For more than 45 years, CTB's Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE®) have been the premier measure of achievement used by educators, states, and employers to assess the knowledge and skills of adult learners. Our expertise in student assessment, and particularly adult basic education assessment, ensures TASC is a high quality, affordable, and accessible high school equivalency assessment aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Industry-Leading Research and Consultant Staff
CTB's research team, including doctorate-level research scientists, statisticians and implementation specialists, consistently provides leadership to the entire measurement community through peer-reviewed publications and presentations. Our state-of-the art psychometric methods have resulted in industry awards and honors. Our history and involvement speak to our commitment to the ABE community.

How will TASC test support adult learners as they make the transition to the Common Core and College and Career Readiness?
TASC test is nationally normed on both graduating high school seniors and equivalency-test-ready adults. The 2014 TASC test is fully aligned to the common core standards for ELA and mathematics. More technology enhanced and constructed response items will be added in 2016 to supplement the 2014-15 item types.

The 2014 TASC test provides newly developed and field tested content aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Social Studies national frameworks, offered primarily in a traditional multiple-choice testing format supported by gridded-response in mathematics and an extended writing prompt in Writing.

TASC test is a measure that supports states in granting high school diplomas to adult learners, provides a measure of college and career readiness, and provides insight into subject areas in which students may need additional assistance.

Appropriate TASC test information will be available to publishers, allowing them to create content that supports educator and student transition to the Common Core State Standards.

TASC test will measure the foundational concepts in the Common Core State Standards and will include:

  • Multiple-choice items in all content areas
  • An extended writing prompt for the writing assessment (evidence-based writing)
  • Gridded-response items in mathematics
  • Stimulus-based science and social studies multiple-choice item sets

2015 and Beyond

  • Beginning in 2015, TASC test will offer increased coverage of the Common Core State Standards through a gradual inclusion of additional item types including constructed-response items and technology-enhanced items
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) scoring will be introduced in 2016

TASC Test Rigorous Technical Foundations

  • All items will be field tested on nationally representative samples of graduating high school seniors and diverse samples of adult learners
  • Valid and reliable measurement of Common Core content
  • Item response theory scaling and equating to support accuracy and form equivalence
  • Appropriate and meaningful Passing and Career and College Readiness (CCR) scores

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