TASC Writing Practice Quiz 3
Please take a moment to complete this quiz.
The passage below will be used for the next 15 questions. Read the passage and answer question <1>

DIRECTIONS: In the passage below, certain phrases are underlined and numbered <x>. The question will present alternatives for the underlined part.  In most cases. you are to choose the one that best expresses the idea, makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, or is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage as a whole. If you think the original version is the best, choose "NO CHANGE".

The Spine

Good spine health is important for every person. The human spine support the weight of the head, protects the body’s organs, and receives <1>the gravitational pull that helps with posture. Comprised of 33 bones, each called vertebra, the spine is divided into five regions: cervical, <2>thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal. Vertebra are named according to the region where they are located along the spine and in numerical order. Discs serve as cushions between each vertebra. Nerves run along the spine, carrying signals between the spine and the rest of the body.

There are many reasons why people experience problems with their spine. Some people like us are born <3>with defects such as spina bifida, which stunts infant <4>brain and spine development. Trauma to the spine can also create problems, in addition <5>when the damage is irreversible. Paralysis happened <6>when the spine is injured beyond repair, and may result in loss of function in the arms or legs. Another reason for damage is the body’s natural deterioration. As a person ages, the spine wears out. The discs that separate each vertebra lose moisture, and nerves that run alongside the spine can become more narrow, which <7>decreases the spines <8>ability to absorb pressure, especially when walking, jogging, or jumping.

Prevention is the best way to maintain a healthy back. There are varieties of ways that people keep themselves pain free and functioning at optimum levels. Sleeping on your back with a pillow under the knees supports its <9>natural curve during the night. When sitting at a desk, keeping ears, shoulders, and hips in line while resting the back firmly against the chair helps with posture. Standing straight with relaxed shoulders, hips, and knees will eliminate undue pressure on the spine. Walking with your head held high, chin tucked, and toes pointed forward will prevent slouching. Plus, you will look fantastically confident. <10>

Diet and sunshine are also important for back health, well-balanced <11>foods build lean muscles that support the spine. Lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and plenty <12>of water to keep the body hydrated are best choices for a daily regimen. While Vitamin D is found in many foods such as salmon and green leaf lettuce. The <13>sunshine is a body’s best source. At least ten minutes of day <14>sunlight will strengthen bones and provide energy to the body’s systems, encouraging the body to stand straighter. <15>

TASC Information

The TASC test is a high school equivalency exam similar to the GED, or HiSET exams.  Passing the TASC demonstrates that you have the knowledge and skills that meet or exceed about 60% of graduating high school seniors.  Most students take the TASC in order to get into the college of their choice or as a requirement for a desired job.

The TASC test covers five subject areas: mathematics, reading, writing, science and social studies.

States partner with the TASC test developer (Data Recognition Corporation|CTB) to make the TASC test and certificate the equivalent of a high school diploma.  TASC tests can be taken at many test centers which are operated by local school boards, community colleges, or adult education centers.

To pass the TASC subject tests you need to score 500 or more and score at least 2 out of 8 on the writing prompt.  To pass the overall TASC, a student needs to pass each individual subject test.  Scores are available for computer-based tests typically within 3 hours.  For paper/pencil tests, score make take up to 10 business days.

Some questions are from the following sources:
Erik Jacobsen at
From the New York State Education Department. "High School Regents Examinations".  Internet. Available from; accessed 8/29/2011.
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