Credit by Exam for Acceleration

Without Prior Instruction in the Course/Grade Level

Enrolled CISD learners may earn credit for a grade level or course by taking a CBE (EHDC Legal). This policy provides acceleration without prior instruction by grade level in grades K-5 or course credit at the secondary level (grades 6 through 12).

  • CBE counts as a LEVEL 2 on grade level course with a MAXIMUM 5.0 GPA.

  • CBE CANNOT be counted as either a Level 3 (i.e. Pre-AP, Dual Credit, etc.) or Level 4 (i.e. AP, IB, etc.).

  • LOTE (Foreign Language) CBEs will count as a Level 3 credit for the classes of 2025 and beyond for the first 2 years of Foreign Language credit only.

  • Your CBE score is PERMANENT and CANNOT be removed from your transcript.

  • You CANNOT decide to take the course for a higher grade, if you score a passing score of 80% or higher on the CBE.

Prior to registering for a CBE, you must read the information contained in the Coppell ISD CBE - FAQ Document.

Other Important Notes Regarding CBE for Acceleration

  • Regardless of the date a CBE for acceleration is taken, placement in a new course will take place at the beginning of a school year, or at the semester for a semester course.

  • The purpose of CBEs for acceleration is to accelerate. If a learner takes a CBE to accelerate and passes with the required score, the score will be entered on the student’s transcript, and the learner will be accelerated.

  • Acceleration testing is for Coppell ISD learners only. Learners not enrolled in the district prior to the registration deadline are not eligible for testing. If your child is not enrolled in Coppell ISD schools, please contact the school in which your child is currently enrolled for possible acceleration testing through their enrolled school.

Exam content is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). To view a list of available exams, please visit the University of Texas Education Center. To prepare for a Credit by Exam, please visit the University of Texas Credit by Exam Study Guide that corresponds to the CBE your child wishes to take. The study guide will provide any prerequisite reading which must be done prior to testing and note materials that are allowed for testing. While all testing materials are provided by the district during testing, it is important to visit the Texas Credit by Exam Study Guide site to know what materials will be available to your child during testing. Obtaining study materials and preparing for CBE testing is the sole responsibility of the parent and/or student.

Credit By Exam Testing Calendar

CBE Testing Window

CBE Testing Date

Registration Window for Parents - (Forms due to Campus Counselor by Noon on Deadline Day)

New to CISD Only

September 6 and 7

July 26 - August 18


November 2

September 11 - September 21


February 1

December 4 - January 4


April 30 - CMS North*

May 1 - CMS East*

May 2 - CMS West*

May 29 - Day 2*

March 18 - March 28


July 11 and 12

May 13 - May 23

Regardless of the date a CBE for acceleration is taken, placement in a new course will only take place at the beginning of a school year, or at the semester for a one semester course.

*Spring Testing Window (April 30-May 2) Locations are as follows:

  • All Middle School and Elementary students will test on the Middle School campus that they attend or are designated to attend according to the Elementary feeder pattern: Coppell ISD Attendance Zones and Feeder Patterns

  • All High School students will test at Coppell Middle School West on May 2, 2024.

  • All students that require a 2nd CBE to be administered during the Spring Window will test at CMS West on May 29, 2024.

CBE Information by Exam Type - Click below for detailed information for each exam type

Foreign Language (LOTE) Credit by Exam for Acceleration

Coppell ISD is now using the STAMP 4S and WorldSpeak Avant assessments as their vendor for foreign language Credit by Exam acceleration testing. Avant Credit by Exam testing provides Coppell ISD the opportunity to accelerate learners in many foreign languages. Both assessments are computer adaptive and assess the proficiency level of the learner in the tested language. Avant assessments allow the district to award up to four years of foreign language credit based on the proficiency demonstrated by the learner. 

The following world languages are now available for Credit by Exam for acceleration (click below to expand):

Credit By Exam For Credit Recovery

With Prior Instruction in the Course