What's on the TASC: Science
The TASC Science Test assesses your ability to understand, interpret, and apply scientific information. You will have 85 minutes to answer approximately 47 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.
TASC Science Content Areas
Life Science (34%) 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.
Earth and Space Science (33%) topics 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.
Physical Science (33%) topics include atoms and molecules, properties and states of matter, chemical reactions, energy and work, motion and forces, waves, electricity, and magnetism.
In addition to testing your understanding of science passages and graphics, the TASC Science Test questions are based on your understanding of skills that are used in scientific study and investigation. After you study these skills, you will reinforce them as you work through the unit. The science skills include:
- Comprehending scientific presentations to interpret passages and graphics
- Using the scientific method to design investigations, reason from data, and work with findings
- Reasoning with scientific information to evaluate conclusions with evidence
- Applying concepts and formulas to express scientific information and apply scientific theories
- Using statistics and probability in a science context
You will have to perform some calculations on the TASC Science Test. For those questions, you will be able to use a scientific calculator just as you may on the Mathematics Test.
Once you’re familiar with the TASC Science Test, try out a few practice questions!
A: The diagram depicts air flowing toward hills or mountains. As it does so, the air cools and condensation happens. Based on the arrows, that stage happens before the stages of precipitation and cloud formation. Choice (B) suggests that the air becomes static at the highest elevations, which is not supported by the diagram. Choice (C) contradicts the diagram. Choice (D) is unsupported because the diagram does not have an east-west orientation: just because the air is depicted flowing from the left-hand side of the picture does not mean that it’s flowing from the west.
B: The last sentence of the first paragraph provides this answer as well. The researchers “began to wonder whether different strains of bacteria might impact acne in different ways”: that statement represents the idea they sought to test—that is, their hypothesis. Choice (A) describes an assumption that was widely held before the researchers began their study. Choice (C) is a suggestion the researchers made after concluding their study, and choice (D) is their conclusion—not their starting hypothesis.
A: The scientist’s conclusion is that the brown tree snake is the reason there are so many spiders on Guam. The question asks for a piece of information that makes that conclusion more likely—that is, a choice that makes the scientist’s conclusion more reasonable or believable. Choice (A) explains why more brown tree snakes would lead to more spiders. Choices (B) and (D) don’t link the spiders and snakes at all. Choice (C) describes a relationship between them, but it suggests that more brown tree snakes would lead to fewer spiders.
C: The question states that elephants weigh more than horses. Thus, elephants would be to the right of horses on the line graph. Based on the curve of the line, you can guess that elephants would have a slightly lower metabolism than that of horses. Because the line continues to decrease slightly, choice (B) is unsupported.