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Credit by Examination

The State of Texas, through its Administrative Code Chapter 74, will allow CISD public school students to test out of a course or accelerate a grade level by taking a Credit by Examination without prior instruction in the course(s) being tested. A student in grades 1-8 may accelerate to the next grade level if the student answers 80 percent of the questions correctly in the assessment from each of the four core areas.  A student in grade 6 -12, without prior instruction in the course, may earn credit for the course if they answer 80 percent of the questions correctly on the exam. If the 6th – 12th grade student has had some prior instruction in the course, he or she may earn credit if they score 70 percent on the test. The tests are rigorous and target all the objectives for each course.  


Tests will be administered at the student’s campus or other mutually agreed upon district location from:


October 2 - October 6, 2023

January 3 - January 12, 2024

April 1 - April 12, 2024

July 22 - August 2, 2024


depending on counseling and student schedules. Registration applications should be downloaded and completed from the Columbus ISD website. All completed applications must be turned into the CISD administration office, or campus counselor office no later than 4:00 p.m., September 2, 2023 or at least one month prior to the quarterly window so that tests can be ordered and received. There is no fee or cost to test for the student and his or her family. For more information you may phone your student’s campus counselor.