Real Talk: Sarah Connor's TASC Test Story

January 21, 2016 thetasctest

Real Talk: Sarah Connor's TASC Test Story

Every TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ test taker has a unique and triumphant story to tell – one that reveals his or her perseverance and persistence.

TASC test taker Sarah Connor, 19, has seen her fair share of challenges on her journey to obtaining her high school equivalency.

“After losing my father at a young age, my mother decided to home school [me and my siblings] so she could keep us close by. I was always very distracted and I hardly found time to work on school, as there was so much to do at home and a lot of other siblings to take care of. That's when I started to give up on trying,” Sarah said.

When Sarah turned 18, she realized that she needed to finish school in order to achieve her dream career. Having accomplished so much by receiving her HSE, we’re excited to share Sarah’s encouraging TASC test success story with you today.

  1. What made you decide to earn your high school equivalency? What was your motivation?

I wanted to work in the medical field, and I knew I had to start with finishing school. Thinking about being a registered nurse (RN) motivated me to finish school. I really want to [obtain] my dream job. 

  1. Why did you choose the TASC test?
    I chose the TASC test because I thought it would be easier to start where I left off instead of starting home school all over again. It took me awhile to catch up, but with the help of my teacher, I got [the help] I needed.
  2. How did you prepare for the TASC test? How did the TASC study materials help you prepare?

I prepared by studying – a lot of studying! In my adult education class, my teacher often directed me to the TASC test website at to study examples and sample materials. We often referred to the Math Reference Sheet to study formulas and other concepts, too. Once my educational levels improved, I took the Readiness Assessment to determine my likelihood of passing the TASC test.

  1. What challenges did you face throughout the study and preparation process? How did you overcome them?

I had many challenges while I was working my way up: getting distracted again, moving, losing a loved one, and working. I pulled myself through it by thinking about working in the hospital [as a nurse]. That's what kept me going [despite] all the challenges I faced.

  1. Fill in the blank: In 10 years, you will see Sarah ____________.

…in the hospital, helping and healing those who need it. That's where I've always wanted to be and I see it now that I have completed [the TASC test].

  1. What advice or tips do you have for future TASC test takers and anyone looking to earn their high school equivalency?

My advice to everyone would be [to not] give up. There's a job and place for everyone. It may be rough but think of the joy that will come when you [receive your HSE] in the mail saying you have completed school. It’s a great feeling! Challenges will come and it may be a long, rough journey, but in the end, it’s all worth it. I highly encourage everyone to go back and finish [school]. Don't give up when life gets hard, just push forward!

Let Sarah’s story inspire you. Discover how you can accelerate your life with the TASC test.

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