TASC Language Reading and Writing Practice Tests

In the years 2014 – 2021, several states used the TASC exam for their high school equivalency testing program. The TASC exam, however, was discontinued.

The content of the TASC™ exam was quite similar to that of theGED® so you may well use our free video lessons and practice tests to get all set for the HiSET or GED exam

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The TASC exam was one of three available high school equivalency (HSE) exams used in the U.S. and these practice tests will help you get all set for the real thing efficiently!

The high school equivalency exam offers people who didn’t complete high school the opportunity to earn a credential that’s equivalent to a high school diploma.

The TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) was a diagnostic test developed by McGraw-Hill Education and owned by Data Recognition Corp (DRC).

TASC testing included five individual subtests (modules) that could be taken both on paper and on a computer. In West Virginia and New Jersey, however, only computer-based testing was allowed.

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The five TASC subtests could be taken separately and covered the academic subject areas of Language Arts Writing, Language Arts Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Math.

Testing could be done in English and Spanish. In 2021, these states offered the TASC exam: West Virginia, New York, Indiana, and New Jersey.

Indiana and West Virginia switched to the HiSET exam, New York now uses the GED exam, and New Jersey reduced the options from three to two (HiSET and GED).

To help you with your preparation for the GED and HiSET exams, we have prepared a set of free tools so you can get ahead fast. Here are some great and free practice tests that are suited for both HiSET and GED preparation.

TASC Language Practice Tests

The TASC Language Arts Reading section included 50 questions that you had to complete in 75 minutes.

The Language Arts Writing section included a part with 50 questions and you also had to write an essay. In total, you were allowed 105 minutes for this section.

Our practice tests are a highly efficient way to identify your strong and weak points so you can center on those areas that require your attention most. So, practice away!

Getting well prepared is key! With our free online video lessons and practice tests, we support you with boosting your basic English grammar competencies, developing your reading comprehension skills, and mastering a decent level of English reading and writing.

What was on the TASC Language Arts test?

On the TASC Language Reading subtest, you had to demonstrate your proficiency in reading texts closely, writing in a clear and structured way, how to edit your text, and how well you comprehended texts in their contexts.

You had to understand English grammar rules and know how to use these rules correctly. These tests will help you enhance your reading comprehension skills as well.

For the TASC Reading subtest, you were given a text followed by questions relating to the key ideas, word usage, and the structure and craft of the passage.

As said above, you had to answer 50 questions within a time frame of 75 minutes.

This section assessed your reading competencies and included a grammar part where you had to identify errors in sentence structure, word usage, punctuation, or capitalization.

After reading the sentences, you needed to answer the questions. Some questions were referring to sentences or words that were written or spelled incorrectly. Generally, the correct answer would produce a sentence that was consistent with the rules of grammar (for example verb tense) and the viewpoint that’s found in the text.

On the TASC Language Writing subtest, there were two sections. You had to answer 50 questions relating to the text, and your writing skills and knowledge of grammar and language convention rules were also assessed.

Extended response questions could be worth more than one point if they came with more than 2 answers and if questions had two parts, you needed to answer both parts correctly to get that question right.

The second part of the TASC Language Writing subtest included the essay part. You were given two passages that came with opposing views on some topic. After you had read the texts, you had to indicate which of the viewpoints was supported better.

Your TASC essay was graded in accordance with how well you analyzed the given arguments and evidence, how you developed the ideas, how you structured your essay, how clear you expressed your ideas and arguments, and in how far you commanded Standard English.

The five independent TASC subtests were measured on a 300-800 scale and the passing score on each subtest was 500. So your overall score needed to be at least 2500 and your essay had to result in at least a 2-score out of 8.

Who created these practice tests?

The online video lessons and practice tests are created by Onsego GED Prep, a premium GED prep course that generously allowed us to use more than 115 of their online GED video lessons and practice tests. As the contents of the GED and TASC exams are quite similar, you may very well use these practice tests for your GED preparation.

Last Updated on June 13, 2022.