Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)

Official announcement from the Department of Workforce Development

Test Assessing Secondary CompletionThe current version of the GED® test is expired in 2013. Indiana is debuting its new high school equivalency test in 2014 - Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). It will be aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards over the next few years and will gradually increase in rigor to better meet industry demand. Hoosier test takers will also pay considerably less for the TASC than the GED® exam, which is scheduled to double in price beginning in January.

An expert panel of representatives from the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC), the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) and Department of Workforce Development (DWD) were involved in evaluating all proposals offered, culminating in the selection of CTB/McGraw- Hill. In addition, Ivy Tech and the Indiana Association of Adult and Continuing Education provided expert analysis of the available testing options.

In order to maintain accessibility, the new exam is offered in both paper and computer-based formats, ensuring Indiana’s current network of providers, including correctional facilities, will not be disrupted.  It is also available in English and Spanish, braille, and audio versions for the visually impaired.

The State Library is currently working with the DWD and its INSPIRE database vendors to prepare resources for Indiana libraries, which are often at the forefront of adult education in their communities. Additionally, Indiana libraries can begin building a TASC resource collection by pre-ordering TASC study guides.

What will be the SAME? What will be DIFFERENT?
  • The credential granted will still be the Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma.
  • The test will still assess math, reading, writing, science, and social studies.
  • The test will still take about 7 hours.
  • Test-takers still need to demonstrate proficiency in subject matter tested at the level of typical high school seniors in the nation in order to pass.
  • The name of the test will be the Indiana High School Equivalency Test.
  • Transcripts will show Indiana High School Equivalency test scores.
  • Standard scores on the transcript will be shown on a different scale.
  • The test will be a better indicator of a students’ readiness.
  • The rigor of the test will gradually align to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education over the next three years, which will help students and educators stay focused on fundamentals while also gradually deepening the level of knowledge required.

TASC Handouts & Promotional Items