Governor Bruce Rauner
Chair Dr. Lazaro Lopez
Executive Director Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson

Illinois Community College Board

The TASC Test

The specific purpose of the TASC exam is the measurement of the educational development of adults who have not completed their formal high school education. Adults may earn a High School Equivalency Certificate and thus qualify for admission to colleges or other educational institutions, meet educational requirements for employment or promotion, satisfy educational qualifications for induction into the armed services, fulfill requirements of local or state licensing boards, or gain personal satisfaction.

ELIGIBILITY

An individual is eligible to take the TASC™ Test given they meet all of the following conditions:

  • 18 years of age or older*
  • does not have a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential and is not currently enrolled in a secondary school
  • is a resident of the State of Illinois

Note: *If an individual is 17 years old and has been enrolled in a public, private, or a home school setting in the last 12 months, they must present a withdrawal letter from the last school enrolled in before taking the TASC™ tests.

Withdrawal letters must be on school letterhead and signed by a school official, must include the candidate’s full name and date of birth, and must include the formal withdrawal date/last date of attendance. Transcripts are not acceptable as proof of withdrawal unless they include a formal withdrawal date and the signature of a school official.

If home schooled, the candidate must provide a letter from the person responsible for the home schooling [e.g., instructor, tutor, parent, guardian, etc.] stating the program has been completed, the individual is no longer required to be home schooled, and the individual has been cleared to take the TASC™ exam. The letter should include the candidate’s full name and date of birth. Letters from home schooled students must include a physical signature from the individual responsible for the home schooling.

Proof of withdrawal can be emailed to ilhseiccb@iccb.state.il.us or faxed to 217-558-6700.

Candidates will receive an email to the email address used on their TASC™ account once the alert has been cleared.

 

REGISTRATION

You can register online to take the TASC exam at tasctest.comAlthough registration is done online, the tests will actually be administered in paper/pencil format or on a computer at an official TASC testing site that you select during registration.  Testing fees must be paid at the time of scheduling.

For more information regarding registration, review the Illinois TASC  Requirements or contact Data Recognition Corporation at 1-888-282-0589.

 

COST

The cost to take the TASC test is $18.40 per test module. A total of 5 test modules comprise the TASC exam, meaning the full TASC battery costs $92. Testing fees must be paid online at the time of registration.

 

TEST CONTENTS

The TASC exam consists of five content areas:

  1. Language Arts – Reading
  2. Language Arts – Writing
  3. Mathematics
  4. Science
  5. Social Studies

Tests are administered in English and Spanish

You can test three times on each subject without waiting. After the third attempt, you must wait 60 days before retesting.

 

TASC TESTING ACCOMMODATIONS

Not all individuals can be fairly tested under standard conditions. If you have a documented learning, physical or emotional disability, you may qualify for accommodations for a TASC test administration. If approved, accommodations are provided at no additional charge.

For information on how to request accommodations for the TASC exam, visit www.tasctest.com/special-needs-accommodations.html or email TASCTest_Helpdesk@ctb.com.

Accommodation forms and supporting documentation can be sent to DRC by:

Mail: Data Recognition Corporation | CTB
Attn: TASC Test Accommodations Administrator
c/o Customer Service Department
6901 N. Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268

FAX: 877-800-9389

Email: TASCTest_Helpdesk@ctb.com

 

TASC TEST PREPARATION

TASC preparation classes are offered free of charge at local adult education programs. For more information call 1-800-321-9511 or you can visit the Program Locator. TASC study materials are also available at www.tasctest.com/preparation-materials-for-test-takers.html.

 

CONSTITUTION TEST REQUIREMENT

In order to earn an Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate, you must take and pass the Constitution test as required by Illinois Compiled Statutes – School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-3) in addition to passing the five parts of the TASC test. There is no fee to take the Constitution exam and it may be taken at any time.

 

CONSTITUTION TEST PREPARATION

The Constitution Study Guide of the United States and State of Illinois can be downloaded here: CSG English or CSG Spanish

Or you can order a printed copy directly from Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse by calling 1-800-322-3905.

Please contact your local Regional Office of Education* for more information about scheduling the Constitution exam.

*Cook County residents should contact the Cook County HSE Records Office at 312-814-4488 or by email at customerservice@iccb.state.il.us

ORDERING TASCTRANSCRIPTS AND/OR HSE CERTIFICATES

 


Illinois HSE Administrator’s Office Contact Information
Telephone: 217-558-5668
Fax: 217-558-6700
Email: ilhseiccb@iccb.state.il.us