These days, holding at least a secondary education degree is critical. There’s hardly any job available that doesn’t require at least a high school or equivalent diploma. So if you, for whatever reason, couldn’t complete your high school education, there is always the option to earn your high school equivalency (HSE) credential. For some seven decades, the GED (General Education Development) exam was the only possibility to earn a HSE diploma, but since the beginning of 2014, there are more options to reach this goal.

Several states decided to no longer offer the GED Test for this purpose as the latest version of this exam is only available in a computer-based format and the price had nearly doubled. So now there are three options, the GED, TASC, and HiSET exams. Not all states said goodbye to the GED, and quite a few states offer multiple options for adult learners looking to earn their HSE diploma. Applicants who pass the GED, TASC or HiSET exam have demonstrated skills and knowledge that compares to that of graduating high school seniors.

Let’s take a closer look here at the TASC exam. TASC  is short for “Test Assessing Secondary Completion” and the test is aligned with the standards for College and Career Readiness. The TASC includes five subtests that will take a little over seven hours to complete. The five subtests are in Language Reading, Language Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. The exam is very flexible and more affordable than the GED.

To pass the five sections of the TASC exam, you need to be able to read all sorts of materials (such as short and long essays) at the level of high school seniors. You must be able to compute and solve math equations using the four basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You also must be able to understand and explain written texts and demonstrate an understanding of the given texts or information, and you must be able to write at a level that compares to that of high school seniors. The passing standards are set in a way that some 40% of all high school grads would not pass at first try.

The TASC is in no way an easy test, and preparation is crucial. You need to become confident that you master all subject matter and that you can attain the minimally required score of 500 in each of the five content areas. So the passing score for each of the five subtests is 500 (out of a possible 800) and averaging is not possible. Additionally, you need to have a score of at least 2 (out of 8) on your essay.

You may very well use this website’s practice tests to get ready for your TASC exam.