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Dr. Donnelly can teach you the correct approach for each type of question that will appear on the TASC exams. This will significantly increase your chances of getting the required score to get your diploma.

Private lessons with Dr. Donnelly are available either online via Skype or in-person here in New York at our Manhattan-based office.

Dr. Donnelly is the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling TASC test prep book "TASC For Dummies". He is also very proud that every single one of his TASC students has passed their exam on his or her very first attempt! We are confident that he can do the same for you.


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About the TASC Exam

Get your TASC and Get Ahead!

Getting your high school diploma will help you earn more and get ahead. If you left high school without graduating and your high school class has graduated, and you live in New York, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia or Wyoming, you are probably eligible to take the TASC (or the GED if you live in a different state.

Over 18 million adults have earned the GED or TASC diploma in recent years including some of the most successful people in the country. These include: supermodel Raquel Zimmerman (one of Dr. Donnelly's students!), and Wendy's founder Dave Thomas.

Click on the relevant link below to learn more:
  1. How to Improve Your TASC Score
  2. Contact Dr. Donnelly about TASC lessons
  3. Read our TASC Students' Reviews
  4. Buy Dr. Donnelly's best-selling TASC test prep book
  5. Overview of the TASC Exams
    1. TASC Reading Literacy Test
    2. TASC Writing Test
    3. TASC Mathematics Test
    4. TASC Science Exam
    5. TASC Social Studies Exam

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Overview of the TASC Exams

Exam Format and Structure by TASC Subject Test

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The TASC Exam

The TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) consists of five subtests that are taken and scored individually:

i. Reading Literacy Test

ii. Writing Test

iii. Mathematics Test

iv. Science Exam

v. Social Studies Exam

The highest possible score in each subtest is 800, plus a score of 8 for the Writing essay. The passing score for each of these subtests is 500 and 2 for the essay. The cumulative TASC passing score is 2500 but you must still earn a passing score in every subtest to pass the TASC.

If you earn an especially high score in Mathematics, Reading, or Writing, you will receive a Distinguished Achievement notation for that score. The Distinguished Achievement score is 580 for reading and 560 for Mathematics and Writing.

You can retake a TASC subtest as many times as needed until you pass and you only need to retake those subtests that you failed rather than the entire TASC test. Similarly, if you do not pass in a particular area of the subtest, you need to retake only that area.

TASC Reading Literacy Test

TASC Test Reading Literacy

The TASC Reading Literacy Test lasts 85 minutes and contains 48 questions which assess your reading readiness in alignment with the Common Core's high school standard of college and career readiness. 70% of the exam is comprised of informational texts and the remaining 30% is allocated to literary texts. Both of these areas require students to demonstrate knowledge of key ideas and details, as well as craft and structure skills. Students must also be able to integrate key ideas and knowledge into their answers.

You should expect to receive texts in the form of stories, drama, poems, myths, and nonfiction. Acquainting yourself with these text types will help you build proper comprehension, analysis, application, and synthesis skills to guide you through the test items.

TASC Test Mathematics

Mathematics Section of the TASC

The TASC Mathematics test evaluates your ability to solve mathematical problems and apply mathematics to a variety of contexts. On the Mathematics Test, you will have 105 minutes to answer approximately 42-43 questions. You will spend 50 minutes answering questions with the aid of calculator and 55 minutes answering questions for which you may not use a calculator. You may take a 15-minute break between those two sections.

Most questions on the Mathematics Test will be multiple choice. Some of the questions will ask you to bubble a numerical answer into the grid. Questions on this test will target skills such as: performing number operations to solve problems, solving word problems, understanding proportions and percentages, interpreting graphic representations of data, finding averages, understanding and performing operations with algebraic expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations, and solving problems using geometric formulas.

For the Math with Calculator section of the test, you’ll have access the online calculator by clicking on the calculator icon. You can also take your own hand-held TI-30XS MultiView™ calculator to use on test day. You will also be provided with a two-page formula sheet that lists common mathematical formulas.

TASC Science Test

Science Section of the TASC

The TASC Science test assesses your ability to understand, interpret, and apply scientific information. You will have 85 minutes to answer approximately 48-49 multiple-choice questions. Most questions on the TASC Science Test will be multiple-choice, but you may also see multiple-response, drag-and-drop, and constructed-response items.

Each question on the TASC Science Test will assess both your familiarity with a content area and your ability to perform a skill related to understanding and interpreting scientific information fromm three main scientific areas: Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science.

Life Science topics account for 34% of the questions on the TASC Science test. These biology-related topics include cell structures and processes, human body systems, health and nutrition, heredity and reproduction, genetics and DNA, evolution and natural selection, and the organization of ecosystems.

Physical Science topics account for 33% of the questions on the TASC Science test. These physics and chemistry-based topics include atoms and molecules, properties and states of matter, chemical reactions, energy and work, motion and forces, waves, electricity, and magnetism.

Earth and Space Science topics account for 33% of the questions on the TASC Science test. These geology/astrophysics-based topics include include the structure of Earth, plate tectonics, geological cycles and processes, renewable and nonrenewable natural resources, weather and climate, the solar system, and the universe.

TASC Social Studies Test

Social Studies Section of the TASC

The TASC Social Studies Test evaluates your ability to understand, interpret, and apply information about U.S. and World history, geography, government, economics and civics concepts. You will have 75 minutes to answer 47 items that are based on reading passages and interpreting graphics such as charts, graphs, diagrams, editorial cartoons, photographs, and maps. Most items on the TASC Social Studies Test will be multiple-choice, though you may also see multiple-answer, drag-and-drop, and constructed-response items.

Civics and Government topics account for 25% of the questions on the TASC Social Studies test. These topics include modern and historic governments, constitutional government, levels and branches of the U.S. government, the electoral system, and the role of the citizen.

U.S. History topics account for 25% of the questions on the TASC Social Studies test. These topics stretch from colonialism and the American Revolution through the Civil War and Reconstruction into the modern era of industrialization, immigration, two world wars, the Cold War, and the movements for equal rights.

Economics topics account for 20% of the questions on the TASC Social Studies test. These topics include basic economics concepts and systems, the government and the economy, and labor and consumer economics issues.

Geography and the World topics account for 15% of the questions on the TASC Social Studies test. These topics cover major stages in world history as well as the relationship among resources, the environment, and societies.

World History topics account for 15% of the questions on the TASC Social Studies test. These topics include the beginnings and development of human societies as well as political and economic revolutions and the causes and consequences of wars in the modern era.

TASC Test Writing

TASC Test Writing

The TASC Test Writing contains 50-51 questions and lasts 110 minutes (including 45 minutes for Essay Writing). This test assesses your language skills, in alignment with the Common Core's high school standard of college and career readiness, in two different ways.

Expect to spend around 65 minutes answering 50 questions that assess language skills. These questions will target skills such as: constructing sentences, using grammar correctly, using words correctly, organizing ideas into paragraphs, and connecting ideas.

Then you will have around 50 minutes to write one essay in response to a passage or pair of passages. Students will be given one of two essay prompts: Argumentative or Informational. Students won’t know in advance which prompt they will be given. You will read the passage or passages and then write an essay that either argues for one side of a debate and against the other side or explains something from the passage(s)ons that support your answer to the first question.

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Over the years, Dr. Donnelly has helped literally hundreds of students to improve their GED or TASC test scores and achieve their diplomas. We are confident that he can do the same for you.


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