##### TASC For Dummies
If you run across a quadratic question on the TASC Math exam, you may be able to solve it with the quadratic formula. The quadratic formula is useful for solving quadratic equations and providing a solution for all quadratics.

The quadratic formula looks like this:

This will provide two solutions (notice the + and – signs in front of the radical). This formula may also give you answers that are irrational or complex (numbers that contain an imaginary part).

1. Be sure the equation is in standard form, ax2 + bx + c = 0. In this form, all terms are on one side of the equal sign, the equation equals 0, and the terms are in descending order.
2. Identify a, b, and c.
3. Substitute these values into the quadratic formula.
4. Simplify the resulting equation (be sure to follow order of operations).

## Practice questions

1. Solve 6x2 + x – 2 = 0
2. Solve x2 – 10x + 34 = 0

1. The solutions are
2. The solutions are

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Stuart Donnelly, PhD, was awarded a PhD in mathematics from Oxford University. He has prepared students for the TASC test and GED Test for the past two decades.

Stuart Donnelly, PhD, was awarded a PhD in mathematics from Oxford University. He has prepared students for the TASC test and GED Test for the past two decades.

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Stuart Donnelly, PhD, was awarded a PhD in mathematics from Oxford University. He has prepared students for the TASC test and GED Test for the past two decades.