Data Recognition Corporation has chosen to discontinue offering the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) high school equivalency exam in the State of Illinois. The TASC™ exam will no longer be offered in Illinois after December 31, 2020.
If you have already begun taking the TASC™ exam, you must take and pass all remaining sections of your TASC™ exam before December 31, 2020. After that date, the TASC™ exam will no longer be available in Illinois.
If are a TASC™ test taker who has not completed the TASC™ test by December 31, 2020, you would need to switch to an alternative exam (GED® or HiSET®). Scores from the TASC™ exam cannot be combined with scores from the GED® or HiSET® exam. Therefore, candidates who do not complete their TASC™ exam and need to switch exams would need to start over on the new exam of their choice.
If you are a new test taker who is just beginning their exams, it is strongly encouraged that you choose between the GED® or HiSET® test at this time. You can find information on the GED® and HiSET® exams on our website, here: https://www.iccb.org/adult_ed/illinois-high-school-equivalency/students-test-takers/
If you have any questions regarding the discontinuation of the TASC™ test in Illinois, you may contact the Illinois Community College Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or the TASC Test Help Desk at TASCTestHelpdesk@datarecognitioncorp.com.
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.
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 email@example.com or faxed to 217-558-6700.
Candidates will receive an email to the email address used on their GED/HiSET/TASC] account once the alert has been cleared.
16 year olds are not eligible to take a high school equivalency exam unless currently enrolled in a Regional Safe Schools Program, an Alternative Learning Opportunities Program, or the Lincoln’s Challenge Academy. Those programs must petition on the student’s behalf for the student to be approved to take a high school equivalency test.
You can register online to take the TASC™ exam at tasctest.com. Although 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.
The cost to take the TASC™ exam is $20.80 per test module. A total of 5 test modules comprise the TASC™ exam, meaning the full TASC™ battery costs $104.
Testing fees must be paid online at the time of registration. Testing sites are unable to take payment for exams directly from test takers on test day.
The TASC™ exam consists of five content areas:
- Language Arts – Reading
- Language Arts – Writing
- 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois HSE Administrator’s Office Contact Information