Test Center Spotlight: The Paterson Adult and Continuing Education Center in New Jersey
How are you preparing for the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™? Did you know that you can find the additional support and guidance you’re looking for at your local TASC test center?
Today we're placing the test center spotlight on New Jersey’s Paterson Adult and Continuing Education Center as Nora Hoover, Principal; Susan Ronga, Program Director/Testing Center Chief; and Maria Lorenzo, Testing Center Examiner, discuss the center's process and experience with the TASC test:
- When did the Paterson Adult and Continuing Education Center start offering the TASC test?
We began administering the TASC test in May 2015.
- How is the TASC test administered at the Paterson Adult and Continuing Education Center?
The Paterson Adult and Continuing Education Testing Center only offers online testing.
- What initial successes have you seen as a result of offering the TASC test?
The initial successes that came with offering the TASC test were that the scores could be combined with both the GED® test and the HiSET® exam. Our testing center benefitted from offering the TASC test because candidates were able to take the TASC test without waiting a whole year, and if they were able to pass the test, their scores were combined with the two other assessments, allowing them to obtain their high school equivalency.
- How does the Paterson Adult and Continuing Education Center help test takers prepare for the TASC test?
The Paterson Adult and Continuing Education Center offers morning, afternoon, and evening ABE/HSE (Adult Basic Education/High School Equivalency) classes in all test areas, including language arts, reading, writing, science, social studies, and mathematics. We use TABE® [Tests of Adult Basic Education] to pre-test and evaluate each student’s starting point to provide the proper class appropriate for their level.
TABE is designed to measure progress throughout the continuum of Adult Education, from pre-literacy and basic mathematical concepts, through high school. TABE also offers objective level mastery information to help educators better target instruction and aggregate group information for a quick snapshot of the bigger picture. The TASC test, which was field tested on graduating high school seniors, is designed to measure high school equivalency based on Career Readiness Standards. TABE measures progress while the TASC test measures a final outcome.
- What are you most passionate about at the Paterson Adult and Continuing Education Center?
We are passionate about helping students succeed to their fullest potential. By offering a continuum of schedules and selections of courses, the PACE Program is in high demand and serves over 2,000 participants per year.
- Any additional comments or insights you’d like to add as it pertains to aspiring HSE candidates with the TASC test?
The Paterson Adult and Continuing Education Center offer a wide variety of options for success. The youth program here is a great program that assists young adults with success inside and outside the classroom in addition to assisting them obtain their high school equivalency.
We offer HSE classes in both English and Spanish, in addition to classes for both youth (16-25) and adults who are looking to improve their core subject skills and prepare themselves to take the [TASC] test.
The Paterson Adult and Continuing Education Center also mentors young adults and promotes volunteer work as well. Students throughout the entire building are also rewarded with field trips, activities, and events that encourage positive behavior and continued success in the classroom.
Get in touch with the Paterson Adult and Continuing Education Center and take the first step toward earning your high school equivalency with the TASC test.