People who did not finish high school have a hard time finding decently-paying employment and do not qualify for a college education. For these people, the HSE (high school equivalency) program may be a great option as it offers them the chance to earn an equivalent degree.
West Virginia stopped using the GED® for HSE testing and switched to the TASC exam (Test Assessing Secondary Completion).
West Virginia High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- Test takers cannot already possess a high school diploma.
- Test takers cannot be registered for some other school program.
- In West Virginia, the minimum age for HSE testing is 16, but test takers 16 or 17 years old must have parental consent and have permission from their school district.
- West Virginia does not require test takers to first take a TASC practice test.
West Virginia is one of only four states that offer High School Equivalency testing entirely free.
So the test is only available to state residents. The five TASC subtests will require just under eight hours to complete, usually divided over a couple of days, and include the production of an essay. TASC testing results will, in general, be available around four or five weeks after you’ve completed the TASC.
Now if you wish to earn your high school equivalency diploma in West Virginia, you must pass the five subtests of the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam.
West Virginia replaced the GED® (General Education Development) with the cheaper TASC in January 2014. The GED was getting very expensive and is offered exclusively in a computer-based format whereas the TASC is available both on-paper and on-computer.
The TASC has five tests in the academic subject fields of Math, Literacy Writing, Literacy Reading, Science, and Social Studies.
The West Virginia High School Equivalency Degree is equivalent to a standard high school diploma and is recognized and accepted by virtually all American employers, government agencies, and institutions of higher education.
So in West Virginia, the TASC is free for WV residents and most prep sites in the state are providing prep classes at no charge as well. To pass the five TASC subtests, you need to attain at least a 500 score (out of 800) and your essay must have at least a 2-score (out of a possible 8). So your overall TASC score cannot be less than 2500 points.
The TASC exam is quite challenging. The passing standards are set up in such a way that of all high school graduates, some 40 percent would not be able to pass the exam on the first try so be wise and get optimally prepared. You can attend a physical TASC prep class (offered all over West Virginia) or sign up for a well-respected online GED-TASC prep course, an ideal solution for students living in remote areas and those with busy schedules. Whichever way you prefer, just make sure you’ll get optimally prepared to take the West Virginia High School Equivalency test successfully. Online TASC or GED testing is NOT possible. You must come to an official WV testing center and sit for the five tests in person.