Passing Standards

While the scale for the TASC test was established to have a common HSE scale score cut of 500 for passing across subject areas, the TASC Test Distinguished Achievement scale score cuts vary, with the Reading cut score higher (580) than those for Mathematics and Writing (560). Note that the Writing test requires a minimum score on the Essay, in addition to the scale score cut of 500, as shown in the table below.

Subject Passing Score Distinguished Achievement Score
Language Arts Reading 500 580
Mathematics 500 560
Language Arts Writing 500 and at least a 2 out of 8 on the Writing essay 560 and at least a 6 out of 8 on the Writing essay

In addition to the cut scores in the table above, Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) provide more information about the types of skills and knowledge examinees can be expected to have, at or above the passing and the TASC Test Distinguished Achievement cut scores.