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TASC Tests for everyday adult skills in reading, writing, communicating, mathematics, use of computers and the internet (literacy, numeracy and ICT skills)


From 2009, students who meet the required standards will receive the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE). Click here for more information about the TCE

TASC expects students in formal learning programs with senior secondary providers to demonstrate that they have met the standards of the 'everyday adult' skill sets in literacy, numeracy and ICT through course pathways (eg. successfully undertaking an English course that has been identified as having content and standards that suggest that successfully completion indicates that a learner has met the TCE literacy standard).

A small minority of students may not have such course pathways or - at the end of year 12 - not have successfully completed a course indicating that they have met the standards of one or more of the 'everyday adult' skill sets. In such cases 'safety net' testing of the skill set will be available.

Passing an 'everyday adult' skill set test does not generate credit points towards the TCE's participation and achievement standard.

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Where and when are the tests held?




NOTE: If you were a student at a year 11/12 school or college in the previous year please contact your school as they have agreed to host tests on behalf of students.


TASC will hold tests on:

30 January 2017
and 3 August 2017



Venues to be advised.

If requests are received to undertake a test outside of these two dates the request will be held until such time as sufficient applications are made to warrant holding the test (ie minimum of 4 students at the centralised venue), or you may apply to your previous school (if they are a test centre) to sit the test(s) earlier than advertised above.


To register your interest in sitting the tests, please complete the TCE Standards Test Application Form (see below) and return (information on how to submit is available on the form).

The tests attract a fee of $40 per person, per test and is payable at least one week prior to the testing date to secure your placement at a TASC held test centre. Please note that by providing credit card details, you agree to the fee being automatically deducted 1 week prior to the scheduled testing date.

Should you require further assistance or information prior to registering your interest, please phone us on (03) 6165 6000.

In addition to the tests TASC holds, TASC has approved a number of other testing centres. Approved testing centres administer TASC supplied and marked papers. Testing centres determine their own fees and are not obligated to test people not enrolled at their institution (for currently approved test centres see below).

Please complete the following application form to express your interest in sitting at a TASC held testing centre:
TCE Standards Test Application Form
(Updated Sep 30, 2015)



Test Sitting Rules

  1. 'Safety-net' testing will be available to students no earlier than October following their completion of Year 10.
  2. A learner may not re-sit the same 'safety-net' test type (ie literacy/numeracy/ICT) within a 3 month period without the expressed permission of TASC.

Currently Approved Testing Centres

  • St Brendan Shaw College accredited - 1 June 2010
  • Rosny College accredited - 1 June 2010
  • Calvin Christian School accredited - 20 May 2010
  • Claremont College accredited - 21 June 2010
  • Leighland Christian School accredited - 24 June 2010
  • Launceston Church Grammar School accredited - 21 July 2010
  • Launceston Christian School accredited - May 2011
  • Launceston College accredited - 3 September 2010
  • St Patrick's College accredited - 11 October 2010
  • The Fahan School accredited - 29 October 2010
  • Scotch Oakburn College accredited - 25 February 2011
  • Smithton High School accredited - 2 March 2011
  • St Helens District High School accredited - 1 April 2011
  • St Michaels Collegiate School accredited - 1 October 2011
  • St Mary's College accredited - 4 September 2012
  • Hellyer College accredited - 25 May 2011
  • Elizabeth College accredited - 27 May 2011
  • Newstead College accredited - 19 May 2011
  • Hobart College accredited - 19 May 2011
  • Marist Regional College accredited - 1 September 2011
  • The Friends School accredited - 19 March 2012
  • The Hutchins School accredited - 26 October 2012
  • Don College accredited - 29 August 2014
  • Circular Head Christian School accredited - 3 March 2015
  • Guilford Young College accredited - 27 August 2015

Becoming a Test Centre




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Organisations/institutions can register their interest in becoming testing centres by emailing
enquiries@tasc.tas.gov.au

Test Centre Spot Checks


2015_TestCentreSpotcheckReport 2015 Test Centre Spotcheck Report
(Updated Dec 7, 2015)

Registered Test Centres are regularly checked by TASC for compliance with the conditions of the MoU.

What are the tests like?


The tests are paper-based: candidates write on the supplied test paper. Each test takes about 90 minutes but candidates can take more time if they require it.

The specific skills assessed will vary depending on the test you do (the numeracy, literacy or ICT test) and the version of the test paper you receive. For example one version of the ICT test might test skill 'X' and another version test skill 'Y'. You will not know which version of a test paper you will be given. This means that you cannot undertake specific study or revision for a test.

The kinds of skill to be tested can be found in the 'content' section of TASC Course documents such as:

Also see the TCE course document.

The ICT Test


  • Questions will be framed around stimulus material provided in the test paper such as: diagrams; pictures; and short scenarios or hypotheticals.

  • A variety of question-types will be used - some may require single word answers, some a few sentences/lines, others may be multiple choice. Answers must be written in English.

  • You are not required to use a computer to do the test.

  • Questions will not be platform-specific: it does not matter what kind of computer you have used to learn your skills (there are no questions that you could not answer if you used, say, a Mac instead of an IBM).

    The Literacy Test


  • Questions will be framed around stimulus material provided in the test paper such as: short and extended pieces of given text; and scenarios.

  • A variety of question-types will be used - some may require extended writing (eg 1.5 pages), some a few sentences/lines, others may be multiple choice. Answers must be written in English.

    The Numeracy Test


  • Questions will be framed around stimulus material provided in the test paper such as: scenarios; diagrams; graphs; and calculation questions.

  • A variety of question-types will be used - some may require the answer to a calculation, some a few sentences of writing, others may be multiple choice. Answers must be written in English.

  • You are not allowed to use a calculator to do the test.

    For a discussion of standards in the 'everyday adult' mathematics safety-net test see:

    Standards_in_the_everyday_adult_mathematics_safety_net_test Standards in the everyday adult mathematics safety-net test
    (Updated Feb 9, 2011)

    Special Provisions


    Persons with disabilities who require special test provisions should contact TASC at least 3 months prior to a test. As per the Disability Standards for Education Act (2005) TASC will make reasonable adjustments for such persons (subject to Part 10 of the Act).

    Reasonable adjustments may include: providing large font size papers; and allowing the use of approved electronic input/output devices.

    In such cases the standards (degree of difficulty) of questions and test pass mark will not be lowered.

    Test Instructions, Rules and Report Forms


    Literacy, numeracy and ICT Test Instructions Test Instructions & Rules
    (Updated Mar 28, 2017)
    Literacy, Numeracy and ICT Test Supervision Report Form Test Supervsion Report Form
    (Updated Sep 30, 2015)

    Note:

  • Passing an 'everyday adult' skill set test does not generate credit points towards the TCE's participation and achievement standard.

  • 'Safety-net' testing will be available to students no earlier than October following their completion of Year 10.

  • TASC's codes for the tests are:
      TCE001 (Literacy Test)
      TCE002 (Numeracy Test)
      TCE003 (ICT Test).

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