TASC Test Item Types

TASC Test Item Types

  • With ongoing field-testing and norming the TASC Test delivers the newest high school equivalency content available.
  • TASC Test item types are aligned to Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) National College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education; Next Generation Science Standards; and Social Studies national frameworks.
    Several different types of technology-enhanced items are used in the TASC Test:
  • Drag and Drop, with and without sequencing dependencies
  • Evidence-Based Selected-Response
  • Multiple Selected-Response

How Are These New Standards-Aligned Items Different?
These new assessment items measure student achievement and progress on the College and Career Readiness Standards and require new thinking, new technologies, new approaches to content, and new ways to analyze data and report assessment results. Educators will notice the shift from basic factual knowledge to an increased emphasis on performance. These next-generation assessments address a new set of design considerations and criteria:

  • Challenging Cognitive Tasks: College and Career Readiness Standards include items that provide evidence of robust student thinking about important content.
  • Rigorous Validity and Reliability: Standards-aligned assessments are engineered and developed to support appropriate and instructionally meaningful uses of data.
  • Innovative Item Types: College and Career Readiness Standards include performance tasks, technology-enhanced items, and extended constructed response items in addition to the traditional multiple-choice items to measure the depth, rigor, and complexity of comprehension.
  • Performance tasks: Help uncover deeper levels of student understanding by measuring a student’s ability to think through a complex problem that may have more than one correct answer. Performance tasks call for your adult students to apply their knowledge within an authentic learning experience, which may take anywhere from minutes to days to complete. These items will be scored using rubrics based on the cognitive skills being assessed.
  • Technology-Enhanced Items and Assessments: Provide instant feedback to students and teachers, making it possible to quickly fill learning gaps and support students in moving steadily towards achievement. They reduce the turnaround time for student reports, save instruction time, and ultimately preserve resources.
  • Constructed-Response Writing Items: Require students to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence. Emphasis on writing skills helps students improve their essay-writing skills and prepare for state and national writing assessments.
  • Informative Reports: Provide teachers and administrators with useful, actionable information that links student performance to College and Career Readiness Standards.

    About TASC Test Reading Literacy
    The Reading test includes multiple-choice and technology-enhanced questions that test an examinee’s ability to understand the information presented in excerpts from newspapers, magazines, novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and business or legal text passages. The Reading test includes both literary and informational texts.

    About TASC Test Writing
    In the Writing test, examinees will answer multiple-choice and technology-enhanced questions in which they must identify errors and make corrections in sentence structure, usage, mechanics, and organization. Examinees will also write a text-based essay.

    About TASC Test Mathematics
    In the Mathematics test there are number and quantity, algebra, functions, and geometry questions, as well as some that cover statistics and probability. Most are word problems and involve real-life situations or ask examinees to interpret information presented in diagrams, charts, graphs, and tables. Section 1 of the Mathematics test allows examinees to use a calculator. A calculator is not used in Section 2. Examinees will also be given a page of mathematics formulas to use during the test.

    About TASC Test Social Studies
    During the Social Studies test, examinees will be asked to answer multiple-choice and technology-enhanced questions on history, economics, geography, civics, and government. The Social Studies test gauges examinees’ understanding of the basic principles in each of those areas. To do well, examinees must be able to read passages, illustrations, graphs, and charts.

    About TASC Test Science
    For the Science test, multiple-choice and technology-enhanced questions are pulled from the fields of Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Science. Each discipline is subdivided into several Core Ideas, which each contain multiple performance expectations. Each test item assesses one performance expectation. Items may require recalling knowledge, applying knowledge and skills, or reasoning.

    TASC Test Practice Items
    Check out our TASC Test practice items. These printable PDF practice item samplers have been updated to reflect current test content.

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