How do I take the TASC test?
How do I take the TASC test? What do I need to know? Here are the tools and information you need to take and pass the GED® test.
Here are 10 steps to help you get ready to take the TASC test.
1. Make sure this is the best test for your state
Some states offer another test instead of TASC. They may offer GED® or HiSET™. Many states offer a choice. Find out here if the TASC test is offered in your state:
2. Check that you are eligible to take the TASC test
You will usually be eligible to take the TASC test if you are 16 years of age or older and you are not enrolled in or graduated from a US high school. Some states ask that you attend test preparation classes. Other states only allow residents to take the test. You can find the TASC test requirements in your state.
3. Learn about the TASC test
Find out what to expect when you take the test – what knowledge you need and the kind of questions you will be asked: You need to know what’s on the TASC test.
4. Study to take the TASC test
5. Register for an online account
You will need to register for an online account with your TASC test state portal. Many states require you to have an account so you can find a testing site or schedule and pay for your test. You can create your account at any time – you don’t have to wait until you are ready to take your test. You will also be able to view your test results and scores there.
During your registration with your state TASC portal, you will need to provide information, but you will not need to pay until you are ready to make a test appointment. You can read the directions to register for the TASC test.
6. Find a testing site
You cannot take the test online. You must take the test in person at a testing site. Find a testing site at your state portal.
7. Schedule and pay to take the TASC test
Once you are ready to take the TASC test, you can schedule your test appointment in your state portal.
You can take each part of the test on different days. Decide the first test or tests you want to take. Then choose the location and date and time. If you want to take all the tests in one day, schedule your tests so you can have breaks. The entire test takes 7 hours 30 minutes.
You will have to pay a fee to schedule the test. The TASC test base price is $54.00 for all five subtests. It does not include the state charges. The states’ fees vary from zero to $100. Find the fees charged in your state portal. You can pay for one test at a time as you schedule them.
8. Keep taking practice tests
Before you take the real test, practice as much as you can with the free TASC prep materials and with USAHello practice test. Practice the question formats and instructions that you will see on the test. Some test sites offer the test on computer, others offer the test on paper, and some offer both.
If you are taking the test on a computer, you must get comfortable using the tools you will find in the test. You can practice the TASC online tools training. You may decide to practice at your test site with the actual computer, mouse and keyboard you will use in the test.
Or you may decide you prefer the paper test. Use the official practice questions to practice answering TASC questions on paper.
At your test site, you can also take the TASC test readiness assessment. Keep using the free USAHello practice tests too! These practice tests will make sure you are prepared on test day. And, your results will show you if you are ready to take the test.
9. Get ready for test day
How do I take the TASC test? Here are some tips to help you succeed on test day:
- Find out what’s on the TASC test
- Make a practice trip to your testing site so you do not have to find it for the first time on test day. While you are there, check with the testing site to ask for their rules and any other information you may need.
- Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before your test. Do not arrive tired, thirsty, or hungry. You won’t be allowed to bring food or drinks into the testing room.
- Don’t take a lot of things with you, as personal items are not allowed in the testing room. But do bring your ID – a passport, driver’s license, or other government-issued ID. Check your state’s ID requirements.
- If you’re taking the math or science test on paper, you will need to bring a calculator. Here is the list of approved calculators. If you’re taking the computer-delivered math test, the calculator will be on-screen.
- You won’t be allowed to bring your own paper but you will be given paper for making notes. You will also be given pencils and erasers.
- You are allowed to bring a cushion and earplugs!
- Arrive at least 30 minutes early at the test center so you can check in and get settled. Use the bathroom as there are no breaks except in the math test.
- If you have questions or problems during the test, raise your hand.
10. After the test
The highest possible score for each test is 800 (on a scale of 300 to 800). The minimum passing scores are:
• Reading 500
• Mathematics 500
• Science 500
• Social Studies 500
• Writing 500 plus at least 2 out of 8 possible points on the essay
When you pass all five subtests, you have passed the TASC test overall.
If you do not pass one or more of the subtests, you can take up to two free subtests again, once you have completed all the TASC subtests. Subtests beyond the second retake will cost $10.40 each, plus whatever your state charges. Check with your testing site or on you state portal to find out how many days you will have to wait before retaking test.
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