Because each section of the TASC, or Test Assessing Secondary Completion exam, has a time limit, you'll want to be conscious of how much time has passed as you're taking the test.

One way to manage your time effectively is by simply wearing a watch. Testing centers may not always have a clock available, and you want to be able to see how much time you have left for each section. If you're taking the computer version of the test, depending on the computer interface, there may be a countdown clock feature. You can also minimize the on-screen clock if you don't want to see it ticking down in front of you the whole time.

Another way to manage your time is to skip questions you're really not sure about. Doing so allows you to focus on those questions that you can actually answer rather than wasting time on the ones that you can't. If you get stuck on a question, skip it and move on to the next. You can always come back to it at the end if you have any time left. In fact, make sure that you do leave enough time to come back to those questions you skipped. Because you don't get points off for wrong answers on the TASC, be sure to answer all questions.

Also make sure that you arrive at the testing center with plenty of time to spare. The last thing you want to do is arrive late (in a panic) and waste precious time searching for the correct room (or even the correct building!). Even if you finish the test before the time is up, don't leave early. Instead, use every second available to go back and check your answers and fill in any questions that you left blank.

Strong test-takers arrive at the testing center early and always stay to the very end of the test.

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Stuart Donnelly, PhD, earned his doctorate in mathematics from Oxford University at the age of 25. Since then, he has established successful tutoring services in both Hong Kong and the United States and is considered by leading educators to be one of the most experienced and qualified private tutors in the country. Nicole Hersey, PhD, is a lecturer at the University of Rhode Island, with a dual appointment to the School of Education and the Department of Mathematics. Ron Olson, MA, is an NBCT-certified teacher in Social Studies who teaches AP Government, Civics, and Contemporary World Problems at Clover Park High School in Lakewood, WA. In addition to his 35 years of teaching experience, he works as an AP US History workshop consultant for The College Board and has been the advisor for National Honor Society at his high school. Shannon Reed, MA, MFA, is a visiting lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches composition, creative writing, and business writing.

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