Real Talk: Margaret Mistretta's Story

June 29, 2015 thetasctest

Real Talk: Margaret Mistretta Success Story

In the 11th grade, Margaret Mistretta, 25, of Palisades Park, NJ dropped out of high school in order to help out her mother at home.

Margaret is not alone. Did you know that 44% of students drop out of high school because they’ve missed too many days of school? Thanks to the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™, Margaret and so many others have the chance to earn their high school equivalency and pursue their dreams. This is Margaret’s story. Way to go Margaret!

1.  What kept you from earning your diploma in high school?

I had problems at home and needed to help out with my mom.

2.  What made you decide to persevere in earning your high school equivalency? What was your motivation and inspiration?

I wanted to have better job opportunities and go to college for nursing. My mom was my motivation and inspiration because she didn't finish high school. She always wanted me to go back to finish school and live a better life for myself. Unfortunately, she passed away before I made my decision to go back (and earn my high school equivalency).

3. Why did you choose the TASC test?

I chose the TASC test because it was the best option for me offered in my state.  

4. Did you take the paper-and-pencil or computer-based TASC test?

I took both the paper-and-pencil and online versions of the TASC test. I found that the online test was much better for me; it seemed easier to understand. I also liked that with the online test, in some cases you can get your scores in less than 24 hours.

5. How did you prepare for the TASC test? How did the study materials help you prepare for the TASC test?

I studied 3-6 hours a day. I used the Data Recognition Corporation | CTB TASC test preparation book, Khan Academy® Online, and a Kaplan TASC test book. I also watched a lot of videos on science and history subjects (which were covered in the exam). Throughout this process I never gave up and continued to study.

6. What plans do you have for your future? What are your goals, dreams, and ambitions?

My plan for the future is to go to college for nursing and to study to become a pharmacy tech, too. My goal is to have a better future for myself and help my grandparents out.

7. What is your number one piece of advice or tip for all TASC test takers?

My number one piece of advice is to never give up. Keep going. I’ve seen a lot of people give up. Don’t! Keep trying.

Fill in the blank: In 10 years from now, you will see Margaret____________.

… working as nurse, taking care of my grandparents, and living in a brand new house.

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