Administering TASC Test

Before Testing

Step 1: Read and be thoroughly familiar with the TASC Test Examiner’s Manual and testing requirements.

Step 2: Bookmark pages of the TASC Test Examiner’s Manual to be used for reading oral directions to examinees.

Step 3: Obtain testing instructions and materials from Data Recognition Corporation | CTB

Step 4: Assemble non-secure materials for the paper-based test and computer-based test. These materials include:

  • Blank copy of secure material Transmittal (for paper-based test only)
  • Test Material Distribution Log (for paper-based test only), partially completed with examinee
    identification and form assignment information
  • Several blank copies of the Incident/Irregularity Report
  • Blank copy of Invalidation Report
  • Several blank copies of the Test Question Comment Form
  • re-coded Group Information Sheet (for paper-based test only) you can scan
  • Information sheet containing official testing center site name, county code, and frequently used educational prep program codes (for use during entry of examinee identifying information), and any state-specific information

Step 5: Confirm that there are sufficient copies of secure test materials that are in good working order for distribution to the examinees. No worn or frayed material should be issued to examinees.

Step 6: If the Test Coordinator has not already done so, then partially fill out the Test Material Distribution Log in advance of the testing. Ensure that examinee identification, test format and assigned test form at a minimum are completed.

Step 7: Prepare the testing room and materials for the testing:

  • Ensure that the room is clean and orderly and contains sufficient desks for the testing.
  • Plan seating arrangements. Allow enough space between examinees to prevent sharing of answers and wherever possible try to arrange examinees sitting adjacent to each other to have different forms of the test (A, B, or C) in order to minimize cheating.
  • For computer-based tests, ensure that there are enough computers available. There should be sufficient space between examinees to prevent the sharing of answers.
  • Computer screens should be free of dust. Verify that computers are plugged in, working, and are ready for the testing.
  • Arrange to eliminate distractions, such as bells or telephones.
  • Ensure that the wall clock is working and contains the correct time.
  • Place a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door of the testing room.
  • Remove or cover all visual aids (wall posters, charts, maps, etc.) that contain concepts or information that may provide the answers to test questions.
  • On the board, write the official testing center name, county code, and frequently used educational prep program names and codes.
  • Take note of the location of drinking fountains, restrooms, and emergency exits.
  • Plan for accommodations to be provided as specified for individual examinees. Never call attention to examinees that require accommodations. If special equipment is to be provided, ensure that it is ready for use.
  • Sharpen pencils and, if the testing center is providing calculators, ensure that the memory is cleared from all calculators and that they are in good working order.

Step 8: Ensure that the Test Center environment is relaxed and positive.

Step 9: Provide general information, such as the location of storage facilities for material that is not authorized in the testing room and the location of restrooms and drinking water. Encourage examinees to use the restroom facilities prior to testing as, once a subject-area test is in session, except during scheduled breaks, if they leave the room they will not be permitted to return.

Step 10: Check examinees in and carefully verify the identity of each examinee against a current, valid government-issued photo-identification such as a driver’s license, military ID, or passport.

(Note: some states require more than one ID. Examiners should be apprised of the requirements for their particular state or area.)

Step 11: Ensure that examinees bring only authorized material into the testing room. Unauthorized material must be labeled and stored in a secure area outside the testing room or at the front of the room in view but well out of reach of the examinees. Other than for the Math (Part 2) and Science tests, where calculators are allowed, unless an examinee has received formal approval to use special testing accommodations or is using an item listed on the allowable resources list, electronic devices of any kind such as cell phones, digital cameras, handheld scanners, pagers, or games are prohibited and must be among the items stored. Other personal items that must be stored include purses, backpacks, food or drinks, and loose clothing accessories such as hats, scarves, and jackets.

Step 12: Inspect authorized material, such as calculators, being brought into the testing area to ensure they meet security requirements (e.g., that materials do not provide examinees with access to answers to test questions or the means to copy or remove test content).

Step 13: Provide examinees with the location of their assigned seats.

Step 14: Read the general directions to examinees.

Step 15: Distribute answer booklets, pencils and erasures. For computer-based testing, provide examinees with their Individual Test Ticket and the access code.

Step 16: For paper-based testing, read the oral directions for completing the examinee-identification information on the first several pages of the answer booklet. (Note: The first screens of the computer-based tests lead examinees through a similar set of directions. However, some states may require that Examiners also read aloud the online directions, available at

For paper-based tests, have an extra blank copy of the answer document available so that you can point to sections of it as you lead the examinees through the process. Make sure examinees have turned to the correct page. It is very important that examinees correctly and completely fill out the front cover of the answer document as the information entered is linked to examinee score reports. The answer booklet must be completed in pencil (not ink).

Step 17: Monitor examinees to verify that they are correctly entering their biographical data onto answer documents or into the online system.

Step 18: Be sure that examinees have marked the correct form on their answer document. It is of critical importance to the accuracy of scores that the form identified on the third page of the answer document matches that on the cover of the examinee’s test booklet.

During Testing

Step 1: Be sure examinees understand the directions and how to mark answers. Assist them with test taking mechanics, but be careful not to inadvertently aid any examinee with any test question by giving the clue to an answer, hint that helps eliminate an answer choice, suggestion that the examinee check their work, etc.

Step 2: Administer accommodated versions of the tests, if applicable. Examinees receiving special testing accommodations must have formal, written approval from DRC|CTB to do so.
ONLY the specifically approved accommodations should be provided.

Step 3: Monitor the testing room vigilantly to ensure test security. Unobtrusively circulate around the room if needed to ensure that there is no sharing or copying of questions or answers and no talking, note passing, or other form of communication among examinees. Only allowable materials should be used. Never leave examinees alone with test materials. Any breach or suspected breach in security must be immediately reported to your Test Coordinator, State or Area Administrator, and DRC|CTB.

Step 4: Handle interruptions in testing and other irregularities as directed in this section.

  • Unless it is during a formally scheduled break, if an examinee leaves the testing room during the middle of a subject-area test session, then the examinee will not be permitted to return to the room during that session.
  • If an interruption in testing due to severe weather or any other natural or man-made occurrence takes place during testing, the Examiner should immediately note on an Incident/Irregularity Report the circumstances and the time that the interruption occurred. Both the Test Coordinator and State or Area Administrator may need to be contacted as soon as it is safe to do so to provide the Examiner with guidance as to how to handle the specific situation.

After Testing

Immediately upon conclusion of the test session and before dismissing examinees:
Step 1: For the computer-based test, collect Individual Test Tickets.

Step 2: For the paper-based test, collect the test booklets, being sure to record on the Test Material Distribution Log the return of each serial-numbered booklet from the corresponding examinee.

Step 3: Collect the scratch paper.

Step 4: Collect calculators (if they have been provided by the testing center).

Step 5: Collect reference sheets (if applicable).

Step 6: For paper-based tests, check answer documents to ensure that they adhere to the following:

  • Examinee-identifying information should be complete with circles that examinees intended to mark filled in completely.
  • Stray pencil marks should be completely erased.
  • Take care to ensure that the following key fields on the answer booklet are complete:

- Name

- Birthdate

- Examinee ID

- Test Date

- Test Form

- Address

Step 7: Collect pencils and erasures.

Step 8: Dismiss examinees only after these tasks have been completed.

Step 9: See that examinees are able to retrieve any possessions that they had stored prior to testing.

Step 10: Inspect test booklets to ensure that they contain no stray marks, loose, torn, or missing sheets, extra pieces of paper, or other foreign material. Test booklets will be reused for future testing sessions. Re-sequence test booklets so that they are ready for return to secure storage. Separate and label with “DO NOT USE” any test books found to be worn, frayed, torn or otherwise inappropriate for future use.

Step 11: Assemble for return to your Test Coordinator all administrative forms and records used during the testing. This includes Summary and Individual Test Tickets, the Material Distribution Log,Test Invalidation Report, Incident/Irregularity Reports, and Test Question Comment forms.

Step 12: Bundle scratch paper together in preparation for secure destruction.

Step 13: Return secure and confidential materials to your Test Coordinator or to their proper locations:

  • Return test booklets, reference sheets if applicable, answer booklets bundled together
    with the GIS, and manuals to your Test Coordinator or the secure storage area.
  • Use the Secure Material Transmittal Form upon return of test booklets.
  • File or (return to your Test Coordinator for filing) the test session administrative forms.
  • Destroy used scratch paper via shredding or equivalent means of secure destruction.

(Note: never throw scratch paper in the waste basket or recycling bin.)

Step 14: Return non-secure materials to your Test Coordinator or to their proper locations. This includes:

  • Blank answer booklets, “Do Not Disturb” signs, pencils, erasures, unused administrative forms, unused scratch paper, etc.