Twenty-four-year-old Travis Dambrot recently passed the TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ in New York. Find out how, after dropping out of high school in 10th grade, he overcame anxiety issues to earn his high school equivalency.
Prior to taking the TASC test, what was the highest-grade level you completed (and how long ago was it?)
I don’t remember 100%, but I believe it was 10th grade and I think it was back in 2008. For the people who do the math, I realize that I should have graduated that year but I was held back twice, once in second grade due to my inability to read at the time, and again in ninth grade because of issues with anxiety that I had. I suffered from agoraphobia and panic disorder, which is the reason I dropped out in the first place.
What’s your inspiration for pursuing your high school equivalency (HSE)?
Once I overcame my anxiety disorders earlier this year, getting my HSE was a top priority. It took me several months just to get an ID, but once I got that, everything else fell into place.
Did you take the TASCtest online or at a testing center?
I took the paper-and-pencil version at my local testing center.
How did you prepare for the TASC test? How did the study materials help you prepare for the TASC test?
I mostly used online resources. I can’t recommend The KHAN ACADEMY® enough. Definitely check them out. I also used Wikipedia and watched a ton of history-related documentaries on YouTube™.
Which sections or subjects did you find to be the easiest and also most challenging?
Social Studies was the easiest for me. I’ve always been fond of history, geography, and civics. The hardest was math, which is funny because it was probably my favorite subject back in grade school, but it has definitely gotten way more challenging since then!
How do you feel now that you took the TASC test and received your high school equivalency?
It’s incredible. I was expecting to ace Social Studies and maybe pass Reading and Writing, but I never imagined passing Math or Science, so it’s really exhilarating!
What is your number one piece of advice or tip for all TASC test takers?
That’s a good question. I guess I’d recommend that you shouldn’t underestimate yourself. Like I said before, I didn’t think I’d pass the test, but I did. It’s my understanding that they are getting rid of the multiple-choice within the next couple of years, but as it stands right now, there is no harm in guessing if you don’t know an answer. Have you passed the TASC test? Share your story with us.