End of Course Exams

South Dakota provides two opportunities for students to earn high school credit by completing an end of course exam and receiving a minimum required score. All school districts wishing to participate in any end of course program must apply for, and receive, a waiver from administrative rule in order to give the exams. For additional information on waiver applications, please contact Carol Uecker, Division of Assessment & Accountability, at (605) 773-4771.

The Credit Before Grade Nine exam is required when students below 9th grade want to take a high school level course for credit. The student must actually take the course and then pass the required end of course exam with a minimum proficiency of 80%. Students may take this exam twice.

The Course Equivalency exam is required when students in grades 9-12 want to ‘test-out’ of a high school level course. Students may take a content area exam one time and must pass the exam with a minimum proficiency of 85% in order to receive credit for the course.

Both the End of Course and Course Equivalency tests are delivered through iTester Client within the SDAP( South Dakota Assessment Portal).

Tests Offered by the South Dakota Department of Education
Algebra I Physical Science Chemistry
Algebra II Physics Spanish I
Geometry World History Government
Biology US History Geography

EOC Procedure Manual End of Course Reporting Form
End of Course Reporting Info EOC Step-By-Step Instructions
Frequently Asked Questions Flowchart
Guidelines for Calculator Use Parent Information Letter
Geometry/Science/Physics Formulas and Periodic Table

Algebra I Algebra II Biology Chemistry
Computer Applications Geometry Generic Geography
Government Health Physics Physical Science
Spanish Level I US History World History  


Chris Booth, SD Department of Education, (605) 773-6156