(Changes to the state assessment program may result in changes to the information listed below. Please check with your school for updates.)
A student may demonstrate subject area competency by testing out of any course that has an associated End of Course (EOC) assessment. A unit of course credit is awarded to students who reach the performance level of “Exceeds” on an EOC prior to taking a specific EOC course. Students have only one opportunity per course to test-out. At this time, a student may only earn up to three credits by testing-out. Students must meet the following requirements for earning course credit through testing-out:
- Not currently or previously enrolled in the
- Have earned a grade of B or better in a content area course that is the same content area of the course for which the student is attempting the EOC.
- Received a teacher recommendation from a teacher in the same content area.
- Received parent/guardian permission as stated by the local Board of Education.
Students who do not reach the performance level of “Exceeds” when attempting to test-out must enroll in and complete the associated course and retake the EOC even if the student makes a passing grade on the EOC during the testing-out attempt. Students who are currently enrolled, or who have been previously enrolled, in a higher-level course are not allowed to earn credit by later attempting to test-out of lower-level course. For example, a student already taking AP Physics may not earn credit for Physical Science by testing out. Course credit of students who test-out of a course is reported in the same way as the course credit earned through completing courses. Local boards of education may develop policies related to utilizing grade equivalent scores in the calculation of the student’s Grade Point Average (GPA). Under NCAA requirements, units of credit earned through testing out using the EOC will not count as a core course credit for athletic aid for any student seeking NCAA Division I or II athletic scholarships. For more about State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1.15 Awarding Units of Credit and Acceptance of Transfer Credit and/or Grades, go to the Georgia Department of Education website.