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January 22, 2014

GED out, TASC exam in

PLATTSBURGH — The GED test is history now.

As of Jan. 2, that high-school equivalency exam was replaced with the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).

“The TASC test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve and the satisfaction of earning a high-school credential,” Cathy Snow, supervisor of CV-TEC Adult Literacy, High School Equivalency and Job Skills Training Programs at Champlain Valley Educational Services, said in a press release.

Those who have taken the GED test but have not passed all five parts can carry over passing scores to the new TASC exam, as they count toward passing the new test. 

As did the GED test, the TASC assesses a person’s proficiency in reading, English language arts, writing, math, social studies and science.

“Free support is available throughout Clinton and Essex counties, through classes and home-study programs,” Snow said. 

“We can help adult learners get prepared to take the TASC. (Ninety-one percent) of our students who took the GED test passed last year. 

“We expect to have the same great results with the TASC.”

Those interested in studying for the exam should call 561-0430, Ext. 3088, to sign up for an assessment test and orientation. The assessment scores help the teacher pinpoint where a student needs to start to prepare for the exam, the release said. 

During the orientation, they learn about the ways they can pursue TASC studies, as well as about the job-skills training opportunities available through state and federal grants.

For more information, contact Snow at 561-0430, ext. 3079.

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