Credit by Examination (CBE) Acceleration


Exams and grading are conducted by Texas Tech University.

For information about the tests, review items 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 tested is three hours. Students are allowed a maximum of two/three exams per day. All testing supplies are provided by Northwest ISD for testing.  Student will just need to bring pencil and notebook paper. 


Credit/Acceleration by Examination for Acceleration without Prior Instruction 


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 advance through Credit/Acceleration by Examination; however, students in 6-12 may advance one grade level in each testing period 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 9 – 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. 

 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 advance.

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 - please see information on this page. 


​CBE Scheduled Dates



October 2019: 
Saturday 12th
Monday, 14th (student holiday)
Saturday, 19th
September 27th (noon) * NISD Administration
February 2020:
Saturday, 15th
Saturday, 22nd
Saturday, 29th
January 31st (noon) * NISD Administration
May 2020:
Wednesday, 27th
Thursday, 28th
Friday, 29th 
 May 13th (noon) *  Steele Accelerated High School
July 2020:
Tuesday, July 14th
Wednesday, July 15th
Thursday, July 16th 
 June 24th (noon) *  Steele Accelerated High School

*no exceptions - no registration will be accepted with a timestamp after 12 pm* 

Testing Information:
* Testing begins at 8:30 am each day at the location listed above.
* Each test is allotted a maximum of 3 hours, when your student is complete, they may leave
* Snack/Water allowed in testing room
* NISD supplies all needed testing requirements

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


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

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