In January 2014, Indiana decided to trade the GED® exam for the TASC exam (by publisher CTB/McGraw-Hill) for its HSE (High School Equivalency) testing program. The GED was becoming very expensive and is only offered in a computer-based format.
The TASC exam (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) is more affordable and is available in both on paper and in a computer-based version.
Indiana High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- The minimum age is 16. For applicants 16 or 17, there are specific restrictions and they must have school district and parental permission.
- Applicants need to be Indiana residents.
- Applicants cannot already have a high school or equivalent diploma.
The Indiana TASC exam scores are measured on a scale that goes to 800 and the passing score on each of the five sections is 500. So your overall minimum score is 2500, averaging is not possible, and you need to attain at least a 2-score (out of 8) for your essay.
The high school equivalency program is crucial for adults who never completed their high school education and offers one more chance to get hold of a diploma that is across America accepted just like a regular high school degree. The Indiana HSE diploma will definitely improve your chances on the job market and is your ticket to a college education. The TASC exam has five subtests covering the academic fields of Language Writing, Language Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Science.
In the contemporary world, you need to hold at least a secondary education degree for just about any job available out there and if you pass the TASC exam, you will not just have a better income, you surely will have a positive impact on those around you. The diploma will also give you the opportunity to go to college or university and pursue the career you’ve always dreamed of.
There are numerous locations in Indiana where (usually) free TASC prep classes are offered and there are also some very good online TASC-GED prep sites usually at a modest fee. Be aware though, as said before, that online TASC or GED testing is NOT possible. You must appear in person at an official Indiana testing site. The diploma that you will be awarded upon successful completion of the TASC exam is across the U.S. accepted in the same way as a standard high school degree by practically all recruiters, employers, schools, and government agencies.
The state of Indiana does not require you to take a TASC prep course first, but getting optimally prepared is absolutely needed. The TASC, like the GED, is a rigorous exam that should not be taken lightly. There is NO online high school equivalency testing option. This goes for both the TASC and the GED exam. If you see a website that tells you something different, be sure that website is fraudulent.