Air Force the End of Course (EOC) test is the final written evaluation of all of your education and training at BMT, which is concentrated on War Skills and Military Studies (WSMS). The classroom training is what you’ll be assessed on, not the practical, hands-on training. That training is assessed through your performance at BEAST.
The EOC is taken during your 7WOT. We took ours on Friday, one of the days where we were wearing our blues. It was a proud moment to walk into there and take that test, knowing that we were days away from graduation. Testing security is very strict for the EOC, so prior to testing you’ll get the speech about not cheating, not disclosing questions on the EOC, etc. It is a Scantron test, so you’ll find out the results fairly quickly after you complete the test. Any trainees that fail the test will be informed ASAP, but more on that later. The EOC only covers material presented in the BMTSG, and only certain chapters in the BMTSG. This is the Air Force – work smarter, not harder. Make sure you study only the necessary chapters in preparation for the EOC. There is so much information in the BMTSG – almost six hundred pages – so you can’t possibly study it all. Out of fifty-eight chapters in the BMTSG, thirty-two of them address topics presented on the EOC. Do yourself a favor early on and bookmark, tab, or highlight these chapters, so you know which to study for. Each chapter has a series of review questions at the end of it. Make sure to study those in depth, and skim/review the chapters as best as you can.
The EOC has one hundred questions and is a closed book, multiple choice test. If you’re shooting to be an Honor Graduate, you have to score at least a 90% on the test. Any less than that and you can count yourself out of the running. Per the BMTSG, if you fail the EOC you’ll re-test using a different version of the test. You must achieve a 70% to pass the EOC. For those of you who aren’t good test takers, don’t start stressing yourselves out. You’ll have mandatory study time in the dorm, where you’ll have a thirty minute chunk of time blocked off (almost daily) to review your BMTSG. When you’re at the mini-mall, you can pick up some study materials/supplies, such as highlighters or index cards. If you need a study buddy or tips while you’re down there, you can consult with your Academic Monitor for advice and encouragement. Buckle down, trainees, and good luck on your EOC! The toughest part is staying awake in class!