EOC information is taken from the Office of Assessment
South Carolina Department of Education
Dr. Jim Rex
State Superintendent of Education
The South Carolina Education Accountability Act (EAA) of 1998 requires that end-of-course examinations be administered to students in gateway courses. In order to fulfill this EAA mandate, the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) has instituted the South Carolina End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP).
The tests are weighted 20 percent in the determination of students’ final grades in the gateway courses.
The South Carolina end-of-course examinations are multiple-choice tests based on
specific, measurable course standards that are drawn directly from the South Carolina curriculum standards for the particular subject area: algebra, biology, English language arts, U.S. history, and physical science. All students (middle school, high school, adult education, alternative school, and home school) enrolled in the following courses—or any other courses that address these particular standards—must take the corresponding EOCEP exams: Algebra 1 and Mathematics for the Technologies 2, English 1, Physical Science, Biology 1 and Applied Biology 2, and U.S. History and Constitution. The EOCEP exam is a requirement, regardless of whether the course is unit bearing.
The standards for the end-of-course examinations as well as the State Board of Education regulation about the EOCEP (R 43-262.4, "End-of-Course Tests") are accessible through the links on EOCEP Web page at this address:
Additional information on the EAA is provided on the SCDE Web site:
Overview of the EOCEP Examination
The test questions on the English 1 end-of-course examination are aligned with the South Carolina academic standards for English 1 and are designed to assess students’ mastery of these standards. The course standards—and therefore the examination questions—are divided into content strands: reading, writing, and research.
The English 1 end-of-course examination is comprised of fifty-five multiple-choice items. Students are given sufficient time in the testing session to attempt every question on the test.
When do students take the test?
Students take the test at the completion of the course. Each district determines its own testing schedule within parameters set by the state.
How are home school students tested?
The end-of-course tests are part of the statewide testing program, and home school students approved by the district are required to participate. Students take the test during the first scheduled administration following their completion of the course.
What accommodations are offered for students with disabilities?
Accommodations, modifications, and customized materials are available for the EOCEP examinations for students with documented disabilities.
Is the test timed?
The test is not timed. It is administered in a test session of approximately ninety minutes, which should be a sufficient length of time for all students to have the opportunity to attempt every question on the test. Test administrators should make every effort to give students enough time to complete the test.
How is the EOCEP examination score factored into a student’s final grade?
The EOCEP examination score is used as 20 percent of a student’s final grade in the course. EOCEP exams are scored on the basis of the South Carolina uniform grading scale. The score reported is a scale score and not the percentage of correct answers.
Students will read eight or nine selections for the English 1 examination. The majority of questions on the English 1 examination will be based on these reading selections. Only a few questions on the test will be stand-alone questions that are not passage-based. Reading selections will have a range of difficulty that is appropriate for students in English 1. All reading selections were approved by a content review committee composed of South Carolina educators.
The following table shows the number and type of passages on the test: Type of Reading Selection
Number of Selections
Literary (includes two linked selections)