Student Personnel Services
Credit by Examination for Acceleration (without Instruction)

See Policy EHDC (Local)

Students have the opportunity to take an examination to earn credit for an academic course (provided an examination is available for the course) for which students have not had prior instruction. These exams will cover the regular curriculum and not the advanced-level curriculum. Students must receive an 80 or above on the examination to receive credit for the course. Most year-long courses have two (2) examinations and shall not be averaged together. Note: If the student passes a credit by examination for acceleration, per policy EHDC (Local), the course(s) will appear on the transcript but will not be included in the GPA calculation.

District-wide testing:

Examinations are administered four different times throughout the year at no cost to the student. Students must contact their campus counselor to register and/or to obtain more information regarding credit by examination for acceleration. Please see the following link for more information about registration deadlines:

Individual testing:

Students may have the opportunity throughout the year to take a Credit by Examination without prior instruction at their own expense. A student may not take a Credit by Examination for a course in which he/she is currently enrolled or has received instruction. The results of the Credit by Examination must be received by the students’ counselor prior to the deadline for schedule change procedures, as outlined on page 79.

Study guides are available through the University of Texas at Austin’s K-16 Education Center at the following website:

NOTE: The Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete published by the NCAA states that "Courses completed through credit-by-exam may not be used" to meet core-course requirements. Please refer to the NCAA website for further information at:

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