Credit by Examination (CBE) Acceleration
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Please discuss credit-by-exam opportunities with your student's teacher or guidance counselor, as acceleration may not be appropriate for all students.

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 (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 advance through Credit/Acceleration by Examination; however, students in 6-12 may advance one grade level in each testing period.  High School Students may advance 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. 

 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, science, and social studies for the grade level he or she wishes to advance.  90% is considered passing for mathematics.

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 exams a day.

Kindergarten Acceleration - please see information on this page. 

CBE Scheduled Dates



October 8, 9, & 11, 2021:

September 20, 2021 * NISD Administration

January 15 & 22, 2022:
January 3, 2022 *

June 14, 15, & 18, 2022:

May 20, 2022 *
Steele Accelerated High School
for Wednesday & Thursday

Saturday -Northwest High School

 July 20 & 21, 2022: July 11, 2021* Northwest High School

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

Testing Information:
  • Each test is allotted a maximum of 3 hours, when your student is complete, they may leave.

  • Students are ONLY allowed to bring calculator (secondary only) and a cell phone.

  • NISD will provide ALL supplies.  No student will bring anything into building except items stated above.

  • Parents will be asked to drop students off, we will have a car-line drop off.  Parents can wait in their cars or leave and come back.  We will verify all contact numbers when students are checked in at drop off. If your student does not have a cell phone, we will contact you when your student is complete.

You will receive a detail Testing Information letter after you have registered your student. 

Please allow at least 3 weeks for test results.

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
January's testing cycle application will open November 15, 2021

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

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