The South Carolina Board of Education states that when students complete one of the “gateway” or “benchmark” courses for high school credit they must take the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) test. The EOCEP tests will be administered beginning May 19 in Greenville County Schools beginning May 19.
Identified students who are enrolled in Algebra 1/Mathematics for the Technologies 2, English 1, United States History and the Constitution, and Biology 1/Applied Biology 2 will participate in testing. Each school selects specific test dates beginning on May 19, 2014.
The EOCEP tests are multiple-choice and untimed, but two hours is the estimated test administration time for most students to complete the test. Each session must be completed during a single day unless the student has an IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan specifying administration of a single test over several days.
Parents can be a great help to their child by following these suggestions. For more information about testing or your child’s progress, please call your child’s school.
· Rest on the nights before these tests.
· Eat a nourishing breakfast on the morning of each test.
· Be in school and on time, except in cases of illness.
· Bring at least two #2 pencils to school. They are required for marking test answer documents.
· Listen attentively to the teacher’s directions so he/she will know exactly what to do.
· Read each test question and each response carefully before marking an answer choice.
· Stay calm, if there are questions that seem difficult.
· Mark his/her best answer.
· Refrain from bringing any electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging into the testing location.
· Meet with your child’s teachers as often as necessary to discuss his/her progress.
· Check or review your child’s homework, projects, or other school work.
· Ask teachers to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and to improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork.
· Talk with your child about school.
· Provide positive feedback by praising your child for what he/she does well.