There are more options available for students trying to earn their High School Equivalency. A state approved equivalency can be used by adult students wanting to attend college or to pursue better job opportunities. These tests can be difficult, especially if you have not attended school for some time. We highly recommend preparing and studying the material before taking any High School Equivalency Test. Research your state to see which tests are available near you. You can use Franklin Virtual High School’s Prep/Study Courses, which includes an online tutor, to ensure your success by being as prepared as possible!
The newest GED Test has been updated for modern needs, including alignment with the Common Core State Standards. (http://www.corestandards.org) The GED test covers four subject areas: Mathematical Reasoning, Science, Social Studies and Reasoning through Language Arts. Almost all testing is now done by computer and there is more variety in the types of question styles. These include fill in the blank, drag and drop, hot spot, cloze (replace the missing word), short response, extended response and multiple choice. Each subject can be taken separately in its own module. Since the tests are taken electronically, scores can be available within three hours of completion.
All GED Tests are state-regulated and must be taken in person, at a state approved testing center (usually high schools, community colleges, or actual testing centers) in your area. For more information, go to http://www.gedtestingservice.com
TASC (replaced the GED Test in Indiana, New York, W. Virginia)
TASC, the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, can be taken on paper or electronically via computer. Score reporting takes ten days when completed on paper or immediately when taken electronically. The TASC is available at state approved and regulated testing locations.
The TASC, tests the same subject areas as the older version of the GED test, circa 2002. Previous GED Test takers are allowed to combine their past GED score and the score they receive from the TASC test. The Common Core State Standards content is being phased into the TASC, which increases its compatibility with the 2002 GED Test.
The TASC test will be made up of a variety of different question styles, including drag and drop with and without sequencing dependencies, evidence-based selected response, multiple selected response, multiple-choice, an extended essay writing prompt, gridded-response items in math, stimulus-based science and social studies multiple-choice item sets. You can find more TASC test information at http://www.tasctest.com/
(Replaced GED Test in: Iowa, Louisiana, Main, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire)
HiSET, the High School Equivalency Test, is similar to the TASC test. It tests the same subject areas as the 2002 GED Test and the TASC. It can be taken electronically or on paper and testing locations are regulated by the state. The difference between the TASC and HiSET is the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. HiSet is already aligned with the newest standards and there is a second phase planned, once instructional programs are also aligned with the newest standards. The HiSET is almost entirely made up of multiple choice questions, with only one essay required. For more information on the HiSet go to http://hiset.ets.org
High School Equivalency tests continue to be the best way to open doors of opportunity for better employment and pursuing a higher level of education. Join us and take the first step to improve your future.
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