Credit by Exam

Exam Dates and Deadlines

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Study Guides for EA and CBE assessments may be found at the following link. Some exams require reading  of novels (ELA), participation logs (PE), or portfolios (Art); those requirements are listed in the study guides.   
University of Texas Study Guides


Languages Other Than English (LOTE) - Levels 1-4, except Vietnamese
Sample Avant Tests 

Only applications submitted by the counselor will be accepted. Contact the school counselor for more information about registration. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be processed.


Exam Overview

The Spring Branch Independent School District offers students the opportunity to accelerate a grade or earn course credit through examination. Board Policies EHDB and EHDC (Legal and Local) provide guidance for students and parents wishing to take advantage of these opportunities.

There are three different options available for students currently enrolled in SBISD. 

The first option, Credit by Exam without Prior Instruction is governed by EHDC (Local). Elementary and Middle school students wishing to accelerate to the next grade level must score 80% or better on criterion referenced tests in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies for the grade they wish to accelerate. Kindergarten students wishing to accelerate go through the Director of Early Childhood.

High school students may gain course credit toward graduation by scoring 80% or higher on a criterion referenced test which thoroughly tests the essential knowledge and skills in the applicable course. In addition, students attempting credit in courses which are required for graduation and have an accompanying End of Course Exam, are not required to take the EOC for that course. 

The second option, Credit by Exam with Prior Instruction is governed by EHDB (Local). A student must have had demonstrable prior instruction, as determined by the district on the basis of a review of the student’s educational records. Prior Instruction  must be approved  prior to the student sitting for the exam. 

Students with prior instruction must earn a grade of 75% or above on the examination in order to receive credit. In addition, courses which are required for graduation and have an accompanying End of Course Exam must pass the EOC for that course.

The third option, Credit by Exam for Foreign Language, is governed under both EHDB and EHDC (Local) and the Administrative Regulations associated with both policies.

Credit by Exam is offered four times a year, once in June and once in July. The location of Summer Administrations will be announced each school year. Once in the fall and once in the spring at the student’s home campus. Foreign Language Credit by Exam is offered locally on the campus level, and dates are set and advertised at each secondary campus. 

Each campus receives information regarding acceleration and credit by examination. Registration for all exams begins the week after Spring Break each year.

Limitations on Taking Examinations EHDC (LEGAL)

A student may not attempt to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course more than two times. If a student fails to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course before the beginning of the school year in which the student would ordinarily be required to enroll in that course in accordance with the district's prescribed course sequence, the student must satisfactorily complete the course to receive credit for the course.

Education Code 28.023; 19 TAC 74.24(c)(9)-(10)

For further information, contact your child’s school.