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Opportunities for Course Acceleration and Credit by Examination


VISD Students  

The state’s education law, the Texas Administrative Code (TAC), will allow public school students to obtain credit in a course or grade level by passing tests approved by school district trustees.


Texas Education Code Chapter 74.24(c)(8) allows students to test out of a course by taking a Credit by Examination (CBE) without prior instruction in the course(s) being tested. To earn credit for a grade or a subject without prior instruction, the student must answer 80% of the questions correctly.  


In accordance with local school district policy EHDB(Local), the principal or designee or the attendance committee, shall have authority to offer a student the opportunity to earn course credit by examination in any of Grades 6-12 for an academic subject with prior instruction if the student meets the criteria and the student scores 70% on the CBE test.  The student is required to pass any applicable end-of-course assessment instrument for the course (TAC 74.24(c)(12)).  


  • CBE tests are rigorous, targeting all the objectives for the courses covered.
  • A student may not attempt to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course more than two times.
  • Students' identities must be verified by photo IDs (school photo ID, driver's license, or state/government issued ID).
  • A student may take a specific examination only once during each window.
  • There are no fees or costs for VISD students to take any CBE.
  • Students must be referred and registered by their campus counselor.
  • Parents meet with the campus counselor to receive an application.
  • Results must be received by the first day of school to be considered for acceleration.
  • Results and placements are final.
  • Four windows are offered for grades 1-12 each school year pursuant to ordering deadlines.
For more information contact your VISD Campus Counselor.


Out of District Students


Credit by Examination (non-EOC Tested Subject Areas)
  • Contact Jean Hinojosa, Administrative Assistant of Assessment and Accountability, 361 788-9306

Credit by Examination in EOC Tested Subject Areas (Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and US History) 

  • Contact Carla Schaefer, Director of Assessment and Accountability, 361 788-9262