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End of Course (EOC) Biology

     At the end of the year Biology students take an exam called the End of Course Exam for Biology.  This exam is part of Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning: College/Career Readiness for All assessment system.

PLEASE be aware that the information provided on this page may be out of date.  Kentucky’s assessment system is still evolving and as a classroom teacher my knowledge may be outdated and/or incomplete.  My goal is to provide basic information about the EOC process as it pertains to the courses I teach and the EOC process here at South Laurel High School. 

~ Nancy Bishop, 6-7-2014


  • Students complete two test sessions each 45 minutes long.  Each section consisted of 35 multiple choice questions with a short break between sessions. 
  • Most students take the test by computer but some students take a pencil-and-paper version of the test.
  • If the student took the computer version, the scores are available within a day or two.  Students who took the pencil-and-paper version must wait until the tests are scored and their scores are sent to the school.
  • The course grade is weighted.
    • 45% First Semester Grade; 45% Second Semester Grade; 10% End of Course Exam for Biology
    • Student performance on the EOC is converted to a percent
    • The Final Course Grade appears on the Final Report Card

For Example:

First Semester Grade – 85%

45% of 85 = 38.25

Second Semester Grade – 92%

45% of 92 = 41.4

Biology EOC – 88%

10% of 88 =   8.8

Final Course Grade




  • When Kentucky’s assessment changed to Quality Core End of Course Assessment during the 2011-12 school year open response questions were replaced by constructed response questions – pencil and paper tests administered on a different day from the computer based multiple choice questions.  By the 2012-13 test questions requiring a written answer were eliminated from the state testing system.
  • Call it what you will – open response, constructed response, short answer, essay – writing has not disappeared from my classroom.  Some written responses are used by the student as well as me to assess their current level of understanding.  These are formative assessments which range from a few sentences to a few paragraphs.  Summative assessments are used to measure the student’s level of success or proficiency at the end of a unit.  Summative written assessments are part of my exams and are worth more points that a multiple choice question.    


End of Course FAQ for Parents at Kentucky Department of Education


Main Page for EOC at Kentucky Department of Education


Kentucky’s page at ACT (provider of the EOC exams)