As a high school dropout, you need to take the TASC exam in order to qualify for continuing education.

The TASC is an alternative to a GED, which many returning high school students take in order to move on to further education. It basically takes 4 years of secondary education and condenses it into a 5-part test.

If you’re an artistically minded person and the thought of an exam encompassing mathematics and science chills your bones, you’re not alone. Today, we’re going tell you three ways that the elements and principles of art can help you prepare for the TASC exam.

You can always look at the 10 elements and 7 principles of art to find practical answers in the real world. Think in creative ways that you’re comfortable with and you’ll get through it in one piece.

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1. Harmony and Pattern in Math and Science

It’s pretty easy to apply artistic principles to math and science because, although they seem disparate, they’re actually closely linked. Of course, science and math are intertwined in more than a few ways, but you can use your knowledge of space, harmony, and pattern to relate to some of the concepts during TASC prep.

You need to achieve harmony in mathematical problems and you need to see patterns in order to find that harmony. This goes for many aspects of scientific problems as well.

2. Color and Form for Reading and Writing

Reading and writing are an art form in their own right, so it’s not hard to connect these principles to this part of the TASC. Using color in art is the same, philosophically, as using words to build beautiful sentences. Similarly, you can apply the principles of form and emphasis in building great pieces of writing.

When you’re reading and comprehending a piece of writing, you can look to color, form, and emphasis to help you understand what’s being written and why it was written. Comprehension is at the heart of any reading exam.

3. Movement and Variety for Social Studies

To understand historical, geographical, economic, and governmental processes, it helps to look at movement and variety from your art studies. Movement gives the appearance of action in a piece of art, which helps you understand why an artist made the piece.

You can apply this concept to studies of history and government. It’s all about cause and effect; when an event occurs, you get consequences. It really is that simple.

And, when you think about variety in art, you can better understand how different societies operate. As with a work of art, the world is diverse, full of different colors, shapes, and sizes.

Using the Elements and Principles of Art to Study

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Use your knowledge of the elements and principles of art to help you with your TASC prep. Go through each one and try to relate it to one (or more) of the concepts that you’ve got in front of you. By thinking outside of the box and letting your creativity guide you, the concepts might sink in a little more.

Doing well on the test is one thing, but being able to use what you’ve learned in your studies is what will help you in the next level.

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