Credit By Exam

Credit by Exam Overview


Credit by Exam for Acceleration (EA)


Credit by Exam for Acceleration (EA), without prior instruction, allows students in grades 1-12 to be awarded individual course credit based on successful (80% or above) testing on an approved course test. The examinations for the specific courses are developed by The University of Texas at Austin. [Note: Currently, EA is not available for courses which require a STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) exam.] A student may not attempt to earn credit by examination for a specific course more than two times. If a student fails to earn credit by examination for a specific course before the beginning of the school year in which the student would be enrolled 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. These tests are administered four times a year, and students must meet a registration deadline.  Contact your campus counselor to discuss this credit option.  Grades from EA will not be averaged with other grades to determine class rank [EIC(Local)].


Credit by Exam (CBE)

Credit by Exam (CBE), with prior instruction, is available to students in grades 6-12 who had some prior instruction in a course. Students may gain credit through CBE by scoring 70 percent on an examination of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the applicable course. The principal, designee, or the attendance review committee, as applicable, shall have the authority to offer a student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery in a subject or earn course credit by examination when the student has had prior instruction in a subject and when:
  • The student is enrolling in the District from a non-accredited school;
  • The student has failed a subject or course; or
  • The student has earned a passing grade in a subject or course but has failed to earn credit because of excessive absences.

Prior to offering a student an opportunity to demonstrate mastery or earn credit by this method, an appropriate District employee shall review the student's educational records to determine whether the student has had prior instruction in the subject or course. Contact your campus counselor to discuss this credit option. Grades from CBE will not be averaged with other grades to determine class rank [EIC(Local)].


2016-2017 Testing Dates


Testing Window Application Deadline
July 18-22, 2016 June 17, 2016
November 28-December 2, 2016 October 21, 2016
February 13-17, 2017 January 13, 2017
June 5-9, 2017 May 5, 2017


Kindergarten Acceleration

Kindergarten acceleration is available for students who are the age of 5 on or before September 1 of the current school year.

Contact Information

Copperas Cove Independent School District
703 W AVE D
COPPERAS COVE, Texas 76522
Phone: 254-547-1227