Credit by Examination (CBE) Acceleration

​CBE Scheduled Dates

Testing Dates

Registration Deadline

June 6-8, 2017 May 19, 2017 Northwest High School
August 1-3, 2017 July 14, 2017
Northwest High School
October 7,9 & 14, 2017 September 18, 2017 Administration Building
February 17, 19, & 24, 2018 January 29, 2018 Administration Building
June 5-7, 2018 May 18, 2018 Northwest High School

The dates will be updated annually on the district website. For up to date information, explanation of the process, or interest in obtaining acceleration by exam, please contact your campus administrator(s) or campus counselor. Northwest ISD will not offer examinations for credit on dates other than the scheduled dates. Students need to work with their campus counselor for guidance on registering for the exam (s). There is no charge for the tests given on the scheduled dates. The district is not obligated to provide study guides or textbooks for students to prepare for the examination. All tests are in English. Credit/Acceleration by examination cannot be used to raise a passing grade. 

CBE Application


Exams and grading is conducted by Texas Tech University. For information about the tests and pre-exam assignments, please visit Texas Tech University. Please take time to review these requirements and testing helps. The maximum time allotted for each subject area test is three hours.  

Credit/Acceleration by Examination for Acceleration without Prior Instruction (Board Policy EHDCLEGAL/LOCAL)

Credit/Acceleration by examination for acceleration without prior instruction is to allow students to advance in grade level or progress to courses that challenge them without having to take courses that cover information they already know.

There is no limit to how many grade levels or courses a student may skip through Credit/Acceleration by Examination; however, students in 6-12 may advance one grade level in each testing period and students in grades 6-12 may advance one grade level or in one course in a subject area during each testing period.

A student in grades 6-12 will be given credit for an academic course if the student scores 80% or above on the ENTIRE course examination. An exception may be made by the principal for a student from out of district entering with ½ credit in a full credit course to take a test over the missing semester to complete the credit in the course. Grade earned through CBE are not included in the GPA ranking. (Board Policy EIC - Legal/Local)

Secondary students (grades 6 – 12) will take two tests for each course in which they are testing. Secondary students wishing to advance a grade will take eight tests total. It is suggested not to take more than 2-3 exam a day for secondary students. 

A student in grades 8-12 may earn up to four credits during a summer examination administration. The following courses are not eligible for Credit by Exam for acceleration purposes: English I, English II, Biology, Algebra I and US History.

 A student in Grade 1-5 may be accelerated one grade level if he or she meets all of the following requirements:

1. The student scores 80% or above on each of the criterion references tests in language arts, mathematics science, and social studies for the grade level he or she wishes to skip.

2. A school district representative recommends acceleration of the student

3. A parent of guardian approves acceleration of the student

4. Elementary students (grades 1 – 5), will take a total of four tests to advance one grade level. It is suggested not to take more than two exam a day.

Kindergarten Acceleration

Acceleration by Examination for Kindergarten is to allow students to advance to first grade who are not yet six years of age. Typically, these are students who have been enrolled in a private kindergarten or have attended a kindergarten in another state.

The student for whom acceleration (skipping kindergarten) is requested must be at least five years of age at the time the request is made and must be currently enrolled in the school district.

The student's parent or guardian must initiate the request by completing the "Request for Kindergarten Acceleration" form within three weeks of school. The parent/guardian must file the request with the campus principal, and attend a conference to discuss the request.

The Kindergarten Acceleration Review committee composed of the campus principal or the principal's designee, the counselor, a first grade teacher, the student's assigned kindergarten teacher, a district representative from the curriculum department who is knowledgeable in curriculum and the instruction of young children, and the parents/guardians. This committee will coordinate the process for assessment to determine if acceleration is recommended.

A kindergarten student may be accelerated to first grade if he or she meets all of the following requirements:

1. Reading Assessment 80%

2. Math Assessment 80%

3. Other materials such as social maturity, observation records and student work

4. A school district representative recommends acceleration of the student

5. A parent of guardian approves acceleration of the student

6. Student must be 5 years old by September 1 of the new school year.

The committee will make the recommendation for acceleration and the decision made will be final. Placement in first grade will occur based on the committee's decision.

Please contact your child's counselor for more information and assistance.

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