TASC Practice Questions

Prepare for the TASC by testing your knowledge with these TASC practice questions!

Question 1
Sneering faintly, the professor handed the corrected essays back to the students. He told the students that their essays had reminded him of kindergarten exercises, except with weaker logic. Jacinta had looked forward to the professor’s feedback because his lectures had been educational, so she was disappointed by his hauteur.
As used in the passage, what does hauteur mean?
A. instruction
B. arrogance
C. distance
D. ignorance

B. arrogance
Focus on what you learn about the professor: he sneers and insults his students’ work. That suggests that he is unpleasant and arrogant. While a student might be disappointed if her professor was ignorant (D) or provided poor instruction (A), this professor’s lectures were “educational.” Therefore, choices (A) and (D) are incorrect. Choice (C) is unsupported: just because the professor is unpleasant, he is not necessarily distant.

Question 2
The most effective revision of the following sentence would begin with which group of words?
Your home will not cool down when your air conditioner is on full blast any faster.
A. Your home will not cool down any faster
B. Having the air conditioner on full blast, it
C. When your home will not cool down,
D. Air-conditioning your home on full blast,

A. Your home will not cool down any faster.

Any faster should be placed next to the phrase it modifies, cool down.

Question 3
Together, Levy and Matthew earn $4,680 per month. Levy earns $520 more per month than Matthew earns. How much does Levy earn per month?
A. $2,080
B. $2,340
C. $2,600
D. $4,160

C. $2,600 
The question stem gives us two equations. First, we know that M + L = 4,680. Also, since Levy earns $520 more than Matthew earns, that can be expressed as L = M + 520, or, put another way, M = L − 520. Since the question asks for a solution for Levy, substitute the value of M from the second equation in the first equation:
(L−520) + L = 4,680
2L − 520 = 4,680
2L = 5,200
L = 2,600

Question 4
The Navarro family uses an average of 225 gallons of water per day, 5 gallons of which goes through the family’s water filter. The Navarros’ water filter can process 450 gallons before it needs to be replaced. After how many days of average water use will the family need to replace their filter?
A. 9
B. 45
C. 90
D. 225

C. 90 
Calculate: 450 gallons ÷ 5 gallons of filtered water use per day = 90 days.

Question 5
The Constitution is a relatively brief document containing only about seven thousand words. It establishes the structure and powers of the U.S. government but does not give many specifics.
What assumption were the drafters of the Constitution working under as they kept the document general and brief?
A. There was not enough time to draft a long, detailed document before the states had to ratify it.
B. Most of the power of the federal government would be reserved to the president, who could govern as he saw fit.
C. The details of government would be worked out in the future, as the need arose, within the framework of the Constitution.
D. Written constitutions were an untested basis for democratic government, so it was better to keep such a document brief.

C. The details of government would be worked out in the future, as the need arose, within the framework of the Constitution.
The leaders who drafted the Constitution were wise enough to realize that they could not anticipate every eventuality, so instead of trying to cover everything in the Constitution, they made it a general framework within which specific future decisions and laws could be made.

Question 6
According to the kinetic theory of matter, all matter is made up of molecules in a state of constant motion. The motion of molecules can be inferred by observing particles in a fluid (a liquid or a gas) as they are hit by molecules of the fluid. The random, zigzag movement of the particles is called Brownian motion.
Which of the following is an example of Brownian motion?
A. dust motes dancing in a shaft of sunlight
B. the ground vibrating as a truck passes
C. water evaporating from a puddle
D. an inflatable raft floating on a lake

A. dust motes dancing in a shaft of sunlight
Brownian motion is the random movement of particles in a liquid or a gas. Choice (A) is correct because dust motes move about randomly in the air, which is a gas. Choice (C) is wrong because it doesn’t involve movement, choice (D) is wrong because the raft is on a lake (not in it), and choice (B) is wrong because the ground is a solid.

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