CTB/McGraw-Hill, the nation's leading provider of assessments for the adult education market, formally introduced the Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ (TASC™), a Common Core-aligned high school equivalency assessment that provides access, quality and affordability for the more than 40 million adults in the U.S. without a high school degree or equivalency.


CTB's launch of the TASC addresses the interest of many states in a new, affordable high school equivalency assessment that is widely accessible to adult learners and provides options for how the exam is administered. The TASC, which will be available as a paper-and-pencil exam as well as online, will provide flexibility for test takers and allow states to phase in computer-based testing at a pace that meets their students' needs. Additionally, the TASC allows states to follow the secure processes for administering the exam that they already have in place.


The TASC measures examinees' level of achievement relative to that of graduating high school seniors and readiness for college and the workforce as outlined by the Common Core State Standards. The TASC, which will be Common Core-aligned beginning with its official release in January 2014, will feature a design that allows states to gradually transition from the foundational concepts of the Common Core State Standards to a deeper alignment over a three year period.


Among the first states to adopt a new assessment is New York, which recently announced its selection of the TASC as the state's official high school equivalency assessment. The TASC will be made available to New York's adult learners beginning in January 2014. CTB is offering the TASC as a choice for all states, which have had only the GED exam® as a high school equivalency exam option in the past.


"Providing a high school equivalency exam that is accessible and affordable is critical not only to adult learners but to our national economy and future global competitiveness," said Ellen Haley, president of CTB/McGraw-Hill. "CTB/McGraw-Hill has a long track record of experience in measuring the educational achievements of adult learners and serving the professionals dedicated to adult education. We look forward to working with states across the country to deliver the TASC, our new high school equivalency exam, and to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to earn an alternative high school diploma."


CTB has extensive experience in developing assessments for the adult basic education market. For more than 45 years, CTB's TABE has been the leading measure of achievement used by educators, states and employers to assess the knowledge and skills of adult learners. CTB's expertise and capabilities in assessing adult basic education contributed to the company's ability to respond quickly to states’ need for a more affordable, accessible alternative high school equivalency assessment that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.


The TASC covers English language arts (including reading and writing), math, science, social studies. It will be available in English and Spanish and in large print, Braille and audio versions. The base price of the exam is $54 per student, which includes scoring and essential materials.



The Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ (TASC™) is a state-of-the-art and affordable national high school equivalency assessment, accessible to the approximately 40 million adults in the U.S. who have not graduated from high school or obtained an equivalency diploma.


Subject Areas and Grades

TASC assesses five subject areas including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. It measures examinees' levels of achievement and readiness for college and the workforce as outlined by the Common Core State Standards.

When is TASC available?

• TASC will launch in January 2014.



• Immediate scoring for computer-based tests
• Paper-based and writing tests are sent to
CTB/McGraw-Hill and returned within 10 days

Delivery Formats

Paper-and-Pencil Tests:

  • Easy to use – the same style in use for decades
  • Support a gradual transition from paper-and-pencil to online assessment for:
    • Sites lacking adequate computer labs
    • Students who are not yet comfortable taking an online test
    • Sites such as correctional facilities, where the ability to administer online exams is limited
  • Provide accommodations for students with special needs when online accommodations are not optimal
  • Comparable to online tests with respect to content coverage, rigor, and passing requirements

Online Tests:

  • Easy-to-understand interface is simple for students to use, primarily requiring the student to understand how to navigate the screen using a mouse and the ability to type an essay in the allotted time
  • Provide instant reports except for tests requiring hand-scoring (e.g., the writing test in 2014)
  • Offer improved efficiency — test items and student data are secure using the latest online security protocols


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