COCISD Credit by Examination (CBE) Guidelines

  • What is Credit by Examination?

    Students may accelerate a grade level in elementary or middle school, or one or more classes at the high school level by scoring 80% or higher on the tested exams. Students testing in grades K-8 must score 80% or higher on Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies assessments. High school students may take exams of state-approved courses for which there is an exam. Credit by Exams for high school courses may also require a STAAR  End of Course assessment. Tests may only be requested for classes or grade levels for which the student has had no prior instruction. The exams are criterion-referenced exams which are purchased and scored by Texas Tech University ISD.

    *Elementary and junior high students who meet the 80% requirement on all four CBE tests given in October or February will not advance to the next grade level until the following school year.


    Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD (COCISD) students currently enrolled in grades K-12 are eligible to take Credit-by-Exams.


    Exams will be administered at one of the COCISD campuses.


    There will be four opportunities to take exams throughout the year. The four opportunities will be on the following dates: October 22-23, February 18-19, June 2-3, and July 28-29. 


    There will be two sessions of testing per day. The morning session will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students should arrive fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of each session so testing can begin on time. The afternoon session will begin at 1:00 pm.  Students will be allowed to work at their own pace, but they may not take more than 3 hours per exam to finish. No lunch or supervision is provided or available to the student between sessions. Students may finish prior to the 3 hour time limit and will not be supervised after they have left the testing area.  Arrangements should be made in advance for your child to be picked up when they are finished testing. 


    COCISD does not charge a fee for these exams, but a deposit of $25 per test is required. The deposit is fully refundable regardless of whether the student passes or fails the exam. Deposits will not be refunded for students who register and do not attend the test administration.

    How to Apply?

    Parents/students interested in CBE for their child should make an appointment to discuss this option with the student’s principal and/or counselor.  An application for registration may be obtained from the school counselor/administrator following the mandatory conference. The parent/student must complete and submit the application form to the counselor by the deadline.

    What to Bring?

    Students should bring materials listed on the Texas Tech University website for CBE review sheets. Materials may include #2 pencils, notebook paper, or previously completed course activities. It is the responsibility of the parent and/or student to verify the materials needed for the exams. For all grade levels:


    The last day to turn in applications for each date is outlined below.


    CBE Testing Dates

    Parent Application Deadline

    Ordering Deadline


    October 22 – 23, 2019

    September 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

    September 20, 2019


    February 18 -19, 2020

    January 16, 2020 @4:00 pm

    January  17, 2020


    June 2-3, 2020

    April 30, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

    May 1, 2020


    July 28 – 29,  2020

    June 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

    June 26, 2020

    Make-up exams are not available

    When Will Results Be Available?

    It may take 4-6 weeks for the official results to be returned to the Assessment Office. The results are sent to the campus as soon as they are received from Texas Tech, and a copy of the results will be mailed to the parents.

    How Are Results Recorded on the Student’s Permanent Record?

    Only scores for students who meet the passing standard are recorded on transcripts. If a student does not meet the passing standard, no grade is documented. A copy of the results will be placed in the student’s permanent folder.

    Note: Failure to meet the state and district requirements through Credit by Examination in grades K-12 with a passing score at or above 80th percentile on all subtests will result in a student remaining in the same grade/course level.  No appeals or waivers will be accepted.