Credit by Exam

Exam Dates


  • October 1 - 12, 2018 (applications due August 30)
  • February 25 - March 8, 2019 (applications due February 1)
  • June 3 - 6, 2019 (applications due April 26)
  • July 15 - 18, 2019 (applications due May 17)

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Exam Overview 

The Spring Branch Independent School District offers students the opportunity to accelerate a grade or earn course credit through examination. Board Policies EHDB and EHDC (Legal and Local) provide guidance for students and parents wishing to take advantage of these opportunities.

There are three different options available for students currently enrolled in SBISD. 

The first option, Credit by Exam without Prior Instruction is governed by EHDC (Local). Elementary and Middle school students wishing to accelerate to the next grade level must score 80% or better on criterion referenced tests in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies for the grade they wish to accelerate.   Kindergarten students wishing to accelerate go through the Director of Pre-Kindergarten.

High school students may gain course credit toward graduation by scoring 80% or higher on a criterion referenced test which thoroughly tests the essential knowledge and skills in the applicable course. In addition, students attempting credit in courses which are required for graduation and have an accompanying End of Course Exam, must satisfactorily pass the EOC for that course. 

The second option, Credit by Exam with Prior Instruction is governed by EHDB (Local). A student must have had demonstrable prior instruction, as determined by the district on the basis of a review of the student’s educational records. Prior Instruction  must be approved  prior to the student sitting for the exam. 

Students with prior instruction must earn a grade of 75% or above on the examination in order to receive credit. In addition, courses which are required for graduation and have an accompanying End of Course Exam must pass the EOC for that course.

The third option, Credit by Exam for Foreign Language, is governed under both EHDB and EHDC (Local) and the Administrative Regulations associated with both policies.

Credit by Exam is offered four times a year, once in May/June and once in July at the SBISD Administration Building, and once in the fall and once in the spring at the student’s home campus. Foreign Language Credit by Exam is offered locally on the campus level, and dates are set and advertised at each secondary campus. 

Each campus receives information regarding acceleration and credit by examination. Registration for all exams other than Spanish and French begins the week after Spring Break each year.

For further information, contact your child’s school.


Coordinator of Assessment