• Credit by Examination

    The Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.023, allows students in primary grades to accelerate a grade level and students in secondary academic courses to earn credit for a course on the basis credit by examination. Credit-by-examination assessments (CBEs) must be approved by each local board of trustees.

    Credit by Examination, Grades 6 – 12

    A student in grades 6-12 may be awarded credit based on performance on a CBE taken either with no prior instruction or with prior instruction. Students may not attempt to earn credit by exam for the same high school subject more than two times.

    In order for a school district to administer a CBE for a course that  has a state end-of-course (EOC) assessment instrument, the school district or the provider of the assessment must certify, prior to the first administration, that the examination

    • meets the criteria listed above; and
    • has been externally validated and determined to align to and appropriately address all assessable TEKS for the course; assess the appropriate level of rigor for each student expectation, and yield comparable distribution of results across tested subgroups.

    Prior Instruction

    Students who have had prior instruction in a course may be awarded credit for the applicable course, subject to local district policy, if the student scores 70% or higher on a CBE approved by the local board of trustees. Prior instruction is determined by the local school district.


    School districts are required to provide at least one window each quarter for students to test, unless the exam selected by the district has a different administration schedule. Students may take a specific exam only once during each testing window. A school district is prohibited from charging a fee for credit by examination. A school district must provide opportunities for a student who is homeless or in substitute care who transfers to the district after the start of the school year to be administered a CBE at any point during the school year.

    Quarterly Testing Windows

    January 1 - March 31

    April 1 - June 30

    July 1 - September 30

    October 1 - December 31


    Georgetown ISD's testing windows for 2021-2022 are:

    Window 1: June 7-10, 2021
    Window 2: September 13-17, 2021
    Window 3: November 29-December 3, 2021
    Window 4: March 1-4, 2022

    Please complete the registration form for Credit By Exam for Credit Recovery. 

    Deadlines for Registration are:

    Window 1: May 24, 2021

    Window 2: August 30, 2021

    Window 3: November 15, 2021

    Window 4: February 21, 2022