High School Equivalency
Harrison County Lifelong Learning administers the high school equivalency (HSE) test for Region 10 in Southern Indiana, serving Harrison, Crawford, Clark, Floyd, Scott and Washington Counties. The new high school equivalency test or Test Assessing Secondary Credit (TASC), was developed by CTB/McGraw-Hill, to ensure Indiana offers a test that matches employer demand and is both affordable and accessible.
Students who successfully pass the TASC test will obtain an Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma.The TASC website includes information on test design, helpful test tips, and sample questions with answer keys.
Indiana Candidate Eligibility
In Indiana, the high school equivalency test may be administered only to individuals who meet the following minimum guidelines:
Does not hold a diploma from an accredited high school or its equivalent; and
Is a resident of the state of Indiana for a minimum of thirty (30) days immediately preceding the day of testing; and
Either has officially exited high school or is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
Students who are younger than 18 must also obtain a superintendent's recommendation to participate in high school equivalency testing. Absolutely no one under the age of 16 may take the Indiana high school equivalency test. An Exit Interview signed by a principal and an Indiana Superintendent's Recommendation are required when a student younger than 18 pre-registers for testing.
Additionally, ALL students must provide a verifiying proof of identity. Valid driver's licenses, valid passports, military ID's or other forms of government-issued (national or foreign) identification must show name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph. If the photo identification does not establish Indiana residency, then a second form may be used, including a utility bill, pay stub, rental agreement or other similar form.
The High School Equivalency Test
The test battery is made up of five (5) sections; Math, Reading, Writing (including an essay), Science and Social Studies.
The test takes approximately 8 hours to complete and is often scheduled in two consecutive days.
Students have 60 calendar days to complete the full test battery. If the battery remains incomplete on the sixty-first (61) day, test scores for completed subtests will be invalidated.
To earn a passing score on the high school equivalency, a student must receive a scale score of 500 in each of the five (5) subtests. The student does not need to achieve an overall average score in order to earn a credential.
Effective January 1, 2019, the cost of testing is $95 for the initial test battery; $19 per subject for a retest or if a student misses a test for which they were scheduled and confirmed.
Applicants may not retest in any subject until the full test battery has been completed. Since there are three (3) forms of the test, candidates will be eligible to immediately retest twice in a calendar year.
Upcoming Test Dates:
March 27 & 28, 2019
Reisz Education Service Center
1613 E. Spring Street, New Albany
12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day
Registration deadline: Friday, March 22, 2019
Test registrations will be taken at the Reisz Center in New Albany on Friday, March 22, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.
Additionally, students may register until the test deadline at Harrison County Lifelong Learning in Corydon during regular business hours.