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Credit by Exam

Credit by Exam for Acceleration

Definition & Purpose

Credit By Exam (CBE) for Acceleration provides an opportunity to earn grade level or course credit and accelerate a grade level prior to receiving instruction in specific course or grade level content. Credit by exam is an opportunity for students demonstrating a highly advanced understanding of academic knowledge as demonstrated through the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and emotional need to advance a grade level or course. It is not intended for grade level in which a student has previously been retained or to serve as credit recovery.



  • Students must be currently enrolled in Caldwell ISD. 
  • Students wishing to take the Kindergarten Acceleration exam must be 5 years of age by September 1st. 
  • Students must not have received prior instruction for the grade level being tested EHDC(LEGAL)).
  • Once a CBE has been passed, it may not be taken again.

Dates/Testing Windows

Please note that exams must be administered and scores received prior to the start of school for grade level and prior to the semester starting for courses. A student may take an exam only once during each window.


Testing Window Registration Deadline
March 18 - March 29 March 1, 2024
May 28 - June 14 May 1, 2024
July 8 - July 26 June 27, 2024
October 15 - October 31 October 1, 2024

The Caldwell ISD Board has approved criterion-referenced exams available through Texas Tech and the University of Texas at Austin. Students are encouraged to review the study guides linked below:


Awarding Credit

In all grades, the student's Credit by Exam numerical score will be documented in the student's permanent academic record when awarding credit. Scores that are not meeting the passing standard are not documented in the permanent record. Credit by Exam scores are factored into GPA in accordance with policy EIC(Local).

If a Credit by Exam is passed, your child will be accelerated or awarded credit. If you do not want your student to accelerate or are not sure you want him/her to accelerate or award credit by exam without prior instruction, your child should not elect to participate in the Credit by Exam process.