Test Center Spotlight: Benton/Fountain/Warren Adult Education Program in Williamsport, Indiana
Preparing for the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ is an act of dedication and commitment. Many TASC test takers find the additional support and guidance they need to prepare and pass the TASC test at their local testing center.
Sarah Connor , our most recent TASC test taker success story honoree, found support and success by attending the Benton/Fountain/Warren Adult Education Program. By working closely with her teacher, Paige Brost, she was able to improve her educational level, pass the TASC test, and make incredible progress on her life goals and dream career.
Today we’re placing the test center spotlight on Indiana’s Benton/Fountain/Warren Adult Education Program as Paige Brost, an educator and career counselor for the program, takes us inside the test center’s transition and process with the TASC test:
- When did the Benton/Fountain/Warren Adult Education Program start offering the TASC test?
We started testing in the spring of 2015.
- What successes have you seen as a result of offering the TASC test?
The Benton/Fountain/Warren Adult Education Program has had numerous successes as a result of offering the TASC test. Our students are now able to test locally. Prior to our program offering the TASC test, our students would have to make at least two trips to the closest testing site which was an hour away from our rural communities. Students feel more confident testing in a location that they are familiar with.
By offering the TASC test, we are able to watch students grow and become more confident. The self-confidence that students gain by passing the TASC test is remarkable. Many of our students have gone on to higher education or career training, and some students have finally [secured] a job that will help provide for their family.
For other students, it is about being a positive example. One of our students tells of the role model that she wanted to be for her children. She has always [expressed to] her kids the importance of education, but she left high school after finding out she was pregnant. During her journey [to obtaining her HSE], she always told her teacher that she was doing it for her kids. She passed the TASC test and finally received the high school equivalency that she had worked so hard to earn.
- How is the TASC test administered at the Benton/Fountain/Warren Adult Education Program?
Currently, we offer the paper/pencil version of the TASC test. We are hoping to move to the online assessment in the near future.
- How does the Benton/Fountain/Warren Adult Education Program help test takers prepare for the TASC test?
To help students prepare for the TASC test, our program offers Adult Education classes in six different locations. During the classes, students work on reading, math, writing, science, and social studies to improve their skills. We are a very rural area, and we benefit from having smaller class sizes. When a student has improved their overall educational levels, we give the Readiness Assessment to help students get accustomed to the questions and timing of the TASC test. Teachers utilize the TASC test website to assist with lesson plans, examples of questions, and study materials for students.
- What is the importance of affordable pricing for test takers?
It is very important to keep the pricing affordable for our students. Many of our students struggle financially, and it is important to keep the costs of testing as low as possible. We are fortunate enough to have a supportive community, and we have been awarded grant money to aid students who are unable to pay for the test.
- What are you most passionate about with the Benton/Fountain/Warren Adult Education Program?
The Benton/Fountain/Warren Adult Education Program is passionate about helping adult learners. For our students, passing the TASC test is life changing. Many students, who didn’t think they would ever graduate, have a new found confidence. They are now able to earn more money, attend college or specialized training, or even feel better about helping their children with homework. It is amazing to see this change in students, and we highly value the relationships that we have with many of our students.
Each year, we hold a graduation ceremony for our students who have passed the TASC test. It is one of the best days of the school year for our students, teachers, administrators, and staff. We have two student speakers during the ceremony, and it is absolutely amazing to hear their stories. Everyone gets to celebrate the amazing accomplishment with family and friends.
Interested to learn more about the TASC Test Readiness Assessment?
By completing the Readiness Assessment, examinees receive a score in the form of a percentage that indicates the likelihood of passing the TASC test. In addition, the Readiness Assessment provides feedback on areas of weakness, allowing examinees to focus their efforts as they prepare for the test.
The Readiness Assessment is available in English and Spanish, and in both paper-and-pencil and computer-based formats.