What are the HSE/TASC™ Tests?
The TASC™ is a High School Equivalency (HSE) national examination developed by CTB/ McGraw Hill . The test is available to adults who did not graduate from high school or whose diplomas may not be recognized by New York State. In New York State, the TASC™ is offered in English and Spanish.
When candidates pass the TASC™ test in Spanish in New York State, they receive a high school equivalency diploma with a designation of Spanish.
There are five tests in the TASC™ test Battery: Reading; Writing; Social Studies; Science; and Mathematics. The tests take approximately nine hours to complete and include a direct writing assessment. To ensure that the content and skills measured by the tests remain closely matched to contemporary high school curriculum, the tests undergo regular review.
Please note: The HSE Office in Albany is the only entity approved to issue high school equivalency diplomas in New York State. If diplomas and/or transcripts are obtained from a source other than the HSE Office, they are not legitimate documents. Candidates who possess them cannot use them for any academic or vocational purposes. (e.g. to obtain or upgrade a job, to enter a training program, to enlist in the United States Armed Forces, to enter into a post-secondary institution, college, or university, etc.).
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