TASC Study Guide 2016

What comes with Trivium Test Prep’s TASC Study Guide?

You probably think this is a typical study guide. However, Trivium Test Prep’s unofficial TASC Test Prep 2016:  TASC Book and Practice Questions for the TASC Exam isn't like other study guides. Because we know you value your time, our unofficial study guide includes a quick yet full review of everything on the test with real examples, graphics, and information. Trivium Test Prep’s TASC Study Guide 2016 gives you the edge you need to score higher and pass the first time.

Best of all, Trivium Test Prep’s TASC Study Guide 2016 offers you:

  • A full review of what you need to know for the TASC exam

  • TASC practice questions for you to practice and improve and worked through practice problems with explanations

  • Test tips and strategies to help you score higher

  • Real world examples

Our TASC prep book covers all the material that will be on your exam, including:

  • Mathematics

  • Language Arts

  • Science

  • Social Studies

… and also comes with a FULL TASC practice test, so that you will be ready on test day.

But before you buy TASC Study Guide 2016, you may find yourself wondering, what is the TASC? What is on the TASC? How is the TASC scored? How is the TASC administered? We are the TASC experts, and we are happy to answer all your questions below!


Some Frequently Asked Questions about the TASC…

What is the TASC?

The Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC, is a high school equivalency assessment. It measures whether test takers have a high-school-level understanding of five basic subjects: reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science. In short, it tests everything taught in high school, so that if you didn’t earn a diploma, you can still prove you have the equivalent knowledge.

What is on the TASC?

The TASC test assesses your proficiency in high-school-level subject areas using multiple-choice, grid-in, and essay questions. You must pass each subtest in order to receive high school equivalency. Constructed-response questions are short open-ended questions that help scorers of your test to measure your skills in a way that cannot be determined by simple multiple-choice questions. There is only one open-ended question in each subtest of the TASC. When you take the computerized test, you will be expected to answer one technology-enhanced question on each subtest. This question is similar to multiple-choice questions, and may require that you drag and drop answer choices in order to select the correct answer or type to answer a question.

As a part of the writing subtest, you will need to answer one essay question. You will be tasked with writing either an informational or argumentative essay in response to a provided prompt and reading passage(s); the prompt will indicate if you are to write an informational or argumentative essay. The reading passage(s) supplements the prompt with the information necessary to construct your essay. Regardless of whether you are responding to an argumentative or informational essay prompt, the writing should discuss a clear topic and support it with relevant evidence from the provided text(s). The essay is scored by two graders who will assign a score of a number between 0 – 4 based on the answer’s adherence to the TASC scoring rubric. A score of a 4 is earned by a response that is well developed and incorporates relevant textual evidence. A complete essay that examines the prompt can earn a score of a 3, while a score of a 2 will be given to an answer that is oversimplified or incomplete. A response that serves as an attempt to examine the prompt will earn a 1, and a score of a 0 will be given to an irrelevant or incorrect response.

  • Mathematics:

    • Numbers and quantity (13%)

    • Algebra (26%)

    • Functions (26%)

    • Geometry (23%)

    • Statistics (12%)

  • Writing:

    • Writing (15%)

    • Capitalization/punctuation/spelling (25%)

    • Grammar/usage (30%)

    • Knowledge of language (30%)

  • Reading:

    • Informational texts (70%)

    • Literary texts (30%)

  • Science:

    • Physical sciences (36%)

    • Life sciences (36%)

    • Earth/space sciences (28%)

  • Social Studies:

    • U.S. history (25%)

    • World history (15%)

    • Civics/government (25%)

    • Geography (15%)

    • Economics (20%)

How is the TASC scored?

On the TASC, each subtest is scored separately. There is no penalty for guessing on TASC tests, so be sure to eliminate answer choices and answer every question. If you still do not know the answer, guess; you may get it right! The number of correctly answered questions counts as 1 point, and then scores are scaled to a number in the range 300-800, a passing score being 500. The essay is scored a number from 0 – 4 and then doubled to create your scaled score from 0 – 8. To pass the writing subtest of the TASC, you need a score of at least 500 on the multiple-choice and a 2 on the writing section. You must pass each subtest to pass the overall test. Please note that individual states may have different requirements for earning high school equivalency, so be sure to check your state’s score requirements.

Scores are reported up to ten days after your testing date. You can access your score on your online account. Score reports contain the overall scaled score, the passing status, and indices that pinpoint your performance on each content area of the test. You can use the indices to better understand your strengths and weaknesses in the material.

How is the TASC administered?

This test is administered as a paper-and-pencil test or as a computerized test. You are encouraged to take the version of the test that is most comfortable for you. There is no difference in difficulty between the two versions; both have the same time limit and cover the same content. The online test will have one less multiple-choice question that is replaced with a technology-enhanced question that may require that you drag and drop answer choices to select the correct answer or type to answer a question. The TASC website allows you to take a practice test to acclimate yourself to the computerized format if you choose to take this version. Be sure to check with your testing facility to see if they offer the version of the test that you’d like to take.

The TASC is administered at private testing facilities across the nation. (You can find a list of these locations on the TASC website.) Each location may administer the exam slightly differently, so ask at your particular location about the details of test administration. You’ll want to ask when the test begins, when breaks are offered, and what kind of materials you’re allowed to bring with you to the test.


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So…how else can I prepare for the TASC?

To help you prepare for your TASC test, we have developed a list of 30 test-taking tips that have been shown to be very helpful for students of all ages and backgrounds when taking standardized tests. They cover everything. from what to do the night before the big day, to what to eat for breakfast, to thoughts on how to handle your caffeine to tips you can use during the actual exam.

Our first set of tips focus on what you can do the night before to help you prepare for the day of your TASC exam.

1. Study hard for the TASC exam with our TASC practice test in the days before the exam but take it easy the night before and do something relaxing rather than studying and cramming. This will help decrease anxiety, allow you to get a better night’s sleep, and be more mentally fresh during the big exam.

2. Pack your bag or lay out your essentials the night before. Make sure to include at least two forms of ID, your admission ticket or confirmation, pencils, a high protein, easy-to-eat snack, bottled water, and any necessary medications.

3. Map out your route to the test center the night before. If you are driving, take traffic into account, especially if you are driving during rush hour.

4. Spend the hour before bed avoiding television, your computer, cell phone, or social media. The bright screens and overload of data can keep your brain buzzing come bedtime.

Once you’ve taken all the necessary steps you can to be prepared for exam day, our next group of tips will help you concentrate on how to get your best night’s sleep, which is critical to being sharp and alert during your TASC exam.

5. Make sure you give yourself your usual amount of sleep, preferably at least 7-8 hours. You may find you need even more sleep. Pay attention to how much you sleep in the days before the exam, and how many hours it takes for you to feel refreshed.

6. Set your alarm early enough that you have plenty of time to have a well-balanced breakfast and avoid rushing in the morning to get ready.

7. Don’t use sedatives like Benadryl or NyQuil to fall asleep. These medications often remain in your body long after you have taken them, meaning you will still be drowsy during the exam and potentially up to 24 hours after taking them.

8. With all the extra adrenaline flowing through your bloodstream the night before a big test, it is not uncommon to feel more anxiety than usual. Focus on thinking positive thoughts, which will decrease this anxiety, help you relax and fall asleep.

Now that you’re ready to get a full night’s sleep, here are some great tips to help you get through the morning and those critical hours before the big exam.

9. Don't forget to take any vitamins or medications you would usually take in the mornings before you leave for the test center. It is important that you keep your body – and schedule – as normal as possible to ensure you are calm and collected come test-taking time.

10. Dress in loose, comfortable clothes and wear layers. Also, wear comfortable and breathable shoes. Although you will be seated, you don't want tight, restrictive clothing to serve as a distraction.

11. Many testing locations keep their air conditioner on high. You want to remember to bring a sweater or jacket in case the test center is too cold, as you never know how hot or cold the testing location could be.

12. Eat a breakfast with protein, fiber and good fats, such as eggs, avocado, oatmeal, whole-grain toast, berries, or nuts - all of which keep you full longer and your brain healthy.

13. Use caffeine as you normally would, and as sparingly as possible. Coffee, energy drinks, tea, chocolate and many soft drinks all contain caffeine. Therefore, be smart about what you put into your body. Just as with high carb or high sugar drinks and foods, many people tend to crash 3 to 4 hours after ingesting caffeinated products.

14. Bring an energizing snack to leave in your bag that doesn’t require refrigeration and isn’t messy or difficult to eat.Bring water, not sugary soda or sports drinks.

15. If you find that you have extra time and have made flashcards or a “cheat sheet” while studying, go through the high-yield subjects, as well as ones you might be struggling with.

16. Consider asking a friend or family member to take you to the testing location so you can continue to review your materials, not stress about transportation, and receive the extra moral support they can provide.

17. Aim to get to the test center at least 15-30 minutes early. This gives you time to adjust for several negative scenarios, such as bad traffic, a train, getting lost, lack of parking, or running into issues with your registration, for example.

18. Bring at least two pens and two pencils with good erasers, a calculator with new batteries and any other resources that your instructor allows you to take into the exam room. Make sure you clear any materials you are bringing in with the instructor first – you don’t want to be removed from the exam or have your exam forfeited because you broke an easy to avoid rule.

19. Bring a watch to the test so that you can better pace yourself. In the days leading up to the TASC exam, consider using the watch to help time yourself so you grow accustomed to the amount of time it takes you to answer a question – as well as the amount of time you can realistically spend on a problem. If you use a digital watch, make sure it is permitted in the testing room.

20. Consider packing helpful healthcare products you might need in the case of an emergency, such as pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

21. If you can't study or review your materials because you're at the testing location, waiting for the exam to begin, or simply because of nerves, try meditating or focusing on your breathing.

22. Even if you don’t feel like it, use the restroom before entering the exam room. You don't want to waste time worrying about your bodily needs during the test. Furthermore, you can splash water on your face to help perk yourself up.

Once you’re ready for the big moment – exam time itself – you’re going to need to stay focused and choose your answers quickly and wisely. Our final exam tips cover what you can do while you are taking the TASC test itself to raise your score.

23. Multiple studies have shown that individuals work harder and do better work when they’re slightly cold. While you don’t want to be uncomfortably cold – remember, always bring a jacket, just in case – being slightly cold will keep you alert and awake.

24. Don't pay attention to others around you. Don’t worry if someone seems to be going through the test much faster or slower than you. If someone around you is being loud or disruptive, asked to be moved.

25. Go with your gut when choosing an answer. Statistically, the answer that comes to mind first is often the right one. This is assuming you studied the material, of course, which we hope you have done if you read through one of our books!

26. For true or false questions: if you genuinely don't know the answer, mark it true. In most tests, there are typically more true answers than false answers.

27. For multiple choice questions, read ALL the answer choices before marking an answer, even if you think you know the answer when you come across it. You may find your original “right” answer isn’t necessarily the best option.

28. Look for key words: in multiple choice exams, particularly those that require you to read through a text, the questions typically contain key words. These key words can help the test taker choose the correct answer or confuse you if you don’t recognize them. Common keywords are: most, during, after, initially, and first.

29. Narrow answers down by using the process of elimination: after you understand the question, read each answer. If you don’t know the answer right away, use the process of elimination to narrow down the answer choices. It’s usually easy to identify at least one answer that isn’t correct.

30. Don't stay on a problem that you are stuck on, especially when time is a factor. Mark it, skip it and come back to it later once you’ve finished all the easier problems. Not only will this prevent you from wasting time, you may also find that you are able to approach the problem differently after some time away from it. If you are still stuck, return to: 1) Using the process of elimination, and 2) Going with your gut to choose your final answer.

 We hope that these test-taking tips will help you do your best on exam day. For tips specific to the TASC test, make sure you carefully read through our study guide on your exam. Our books include sidebars with helpful tips and facts relevant to your test. You’ll also want to read through your exam creator’s website to make sure that you bring everything necessary for your exam and study all relevant material. Finally, continue to check out our website, triviumtestprep.com for updated study materials!

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