TASC passing score

In this post, we’ll take a look at what scores are required to pass the five TASC individual subtests. The TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) subject tests are scored on a scale that runs from 300 to 800.

The minimally required score to pass the five subject tests is 500 on EACH subject test. Averaging is not possible so your total TASC score cannot be under 2500.

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The TASC™ subject tests (also called modules as they are independent subtests) cover the academic subject areas of English Reading, English Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.

The TASC English Writing subtest additionally asks you to produce an essay and for this, you are required to reach at least a 2-score out of a possible 8.

So keep in mind that even if your overall score is 2500 or better but you haven’t reached the 500-barrier on one of the five TASC subtests, you didn’t pass the TASC exam. The minimally required score must be earned on EACH of the five subtests!

The entire TASC exam will take a little under eight hours to complete but you have the liberty to take the five subtests one at a time.

The TASC measures proficiency and competencies at a level that compares to that of graduating high school students.

Highest TASC score

The highest attainable score on each TASC subtest is 800, and a score of 8 for your essay. So the highest possible cumulative score on the TASC exam is 4000 and an 8 for the essay writing section.

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If you manage to reach a particularly high score in the fields of Reading, Writing, or Math, you’ll receive a “Distinguished Achievement” notation for the related subject field.

To reach “Distinguished Achievement” status, you’ll have to reach a score of at least 580 on the Reading portion, and a 560 score and up for the Math or Writing sections.

If you attain “Distinguished Achievement” status, you may even see requirements such as submitting SAT or ACT scores or having to take remedial coursework requirements waived, depending on the school. This website offers free TASC practice tests to help you get ready for the real thing efficiently.

TASC test results

The TASC exam is one of three available high school equivalency (HSE) exams in the U.S. and three states are using the TASC exam for this purpose. You can take the exam in a paper-and-pencil format or in a computerized format but New Jersey and West Virginia only offer computer-based testing.

The TASC exam offers adults that couldn’t complete high school another opportunity to earn a credential that is all across North America respected and accepted in the same way as a regular high school diploma.

Employers, government agencies, and schools of post-secondary education accept the diploma that’s awarded upon successfully completing the five TASC subject tests in lieu of a high school degree.

If you passed the TASC exam, you qualify for jobs that require a secondary education credential, and you can also apply to universities and colleges and you also will be eligible for financial aid programs.

The TASC exam is published by Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), one of America’s leading educational assessment publishers and known for developing the Test of Adult Basic Education, or TABE.

When will I receive my scores?

How long it will take before you’ll get your TASC scores depends on the state where you took the exam and whether you took the TASC exam in a computer-based format or the paper-and-pencil formatted version.

In general, however, if you took the TASC exam on a computer, you can see how you performed in practically all sections of the exam right after you completed the exam.

Your score report will be available through your TASC account within a few hours from the moment you completed the exam. After a few business days, you’ll be able to access your score reports through the TASC portal of your state.

When you took the TASC exam on paper, you’ll have to be more patient. Then, your score reports will take up to 10 days and you can access your reports through your TASC account in approximately 10 to 14 days.

TASC grading system

As said above, there are five independent TASC subject tests that cover English Writing, English Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. Each subtest is made up of predominantly multiple-choice questions.

If you take the TASC exam on a computer, you will also see technology-enhanced formats such as drag questions. There are also extended-response and gridded-response questions, and on the English Writing section, you’ll have to produce an essay based on a passage a writing prompt.

On the TASC exam, every gridded response and a multiple-choice question is worth 1 point. Keep in mind that there’s no punishment for incorrect answers, so you should answer each and every question!

Extended response questions can be worth more than 1 point if they contain two or more answers, and if a question includes two parts, be sure to answer both parts correctly. Only then, you’ll get that question right.

Your essay is not machine-graded as it is on the GED test. It will be read by two experienced scorers that award points on a 0-4 scale. So the maximum score attainable on the essay is 8. If the two scorers award the same scores or within one point, their scores are added together and that’ll be your essay score.

If, for example, one reader awards you a 4-score while the other reader gives a 3, your total score will be 7. If the two awarded scores are more than just one point apart, a 3rd reader will be brought in and the two closest scores will make up your essay grade.

If you fail one of the TASC subtests, there’s no need to take the entire TASC exam again. You can take just that section again and you’ll have two free retakes but completion has to be achieved within one calendar year, or the standard fees will apply again!

Retaking Policies

If you didn’t achieve enough points to pass either a subject test (500) or overall (2500), you are required to retake the related subject test(s). So you must retake that specific subtest or those specific subtests on which you didn’t reach 500 points.

If you take the entire exam again, keep in mind that only your highest scores from different testing sessions are kept to be included in your total score report.

Although there’s no requirement to retake those subtests on which you already scored 500 points or up, you may well retake some other subtests as well to improve your total score.


Last Updated on September 6, 2021.