Everybody knows the importance of education today. We hear it, see it, and read it everywhere we go. But not all of us have already made the important choice to get our high school diploma - that important document that opens so many doors in a lifetime. But, just because you didn’t do it when you were in high school, that doesn’t mean that it’s too late now.
The facts are every bit as positive as you've heard. With few exceptions, job applicants who can boast a high school equivalency will tend to get paid far more than their diploma-less counterparts. Depending on where you live and what occupation you're seeking, the difference can be as much as 30 percent.
For years, the conventional wisdom on the high school equivalency exam was that it’s easier than the traditional route to a diploma through high school. People took the test rather than going back to school because it was considered faster, cheaper and easier than the alternative. Many people are surprised to discover, however, that the testing is more involved than they had expected. The exams, which take approximately 7 hours to complete, measure academic skills in five areas: writing, social studies, science, interpreting literature and the arts, and mathematics.
According to the Center for Adult Learning & Education Credentials, about 95 percent of American colleges, universities and employers consider a high school equivalency certificate equal to a high school diploma. The average age of test takers is just over 24.
Hinds Career Center is an authorized site for administration of the Tests Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). The tests are administered on selected weekday evenings. The full series of tests costs $90. Prior to the test date, you must register and prepay (cash only) for the test. Testing accommodations are available for individuals with documented disabilities. For more information or to schedule your test, please call 765-552-4122.
NOTE: 2016-2017 Test Dates will be posted here when released. Please return to this area at a later date.
This test predicts the approximate score on the actual TASC. Results give an indication of needed areas of study for success on the TASC battery of tests.
Students enrolled in the ABE program receive pre- testing as part of the program assessment. For those not enrolled, testing is available, by appointment, for $25 fee.