Credit By Examination

Credit By Examination

Examinations for Credit by Examination or Acceleration
NISD offers opportunities for currently enrolled students to participate in acceleration examinations at different times during the school year and the summer months. Students may register for acceleration examinations to advance one complete grade level; advance math beyond their enrolled grade level or multiple courses in which the student has received no prior instruction. Students also have the opportunity to recovery any courses that may have lost credit. The criteria for credit and grade placement are based on legal and local district policies.


CBE Scheduled Testing Dates



October 2020: 
Friday, 9th-1:00 pm (student half day)
Saturday, 10th - 8:30 am
Monday, 12th - 8:30 am (student holiday)
September 25th (noon) *
NISD Administration Building
February 2021
Saturday, 6th - 8:30 am
Saturday, 13th - 8:30 am

January 25th (noon) *

NISD Administration Building
June 2021:
Wednesday, 2nd
Thursday, 3rd
Saturday, 5th
 May 17th (noon) *

Steele Accelerated High School
for Wednesday & Thursday

TBD for Saturday
July 2021:
Wednesday, July 14th
Thursday, July 15th
Saturday, July 17th
 June 21st (noon) *
 Steele Accelerated High School
for Wednesday & Thursday

TBD for Saturday

*no exceptions - no registration will be accepted with a timestamp after 12 pm* 

Testing Information:

  • There are two testing sessions per day for June and July, 8:30 am and 1:00 pm.

  • On the application you can select the testing day and time.

  • There is limited seating per day, per time session (no more than 10 students in each room)

  •  Each test is allotted a maximum of 3 hours, when your student is complete, they may leave.

  • Students are ONLY allowed to bring calculator (secondary only), Chromebook (4th-8th Math) and a cell phone.

  • NISD will provide ALL supplies.  No student will bring anything into building except items stated above.

  • Parents will be asked to drop students off, we will have a car-line drop off.  Parents can wait in their cars or leave and come back.  We will verify all contact numbers when students are checked in at drop off. If your student does not have a cell phone, we will contact you when your student is complete.

You will receive a detail Testing Information letter after you have registered your student. 


 Math Acc   Credit Recovery    CBE PIC 
 Testing in MATH ONLY
 Elementary or Middle School (K - 8th)
   High School
Course Recovery
   Acceleration for
Complete Grade Level
or Individual Course
(Exam only offered June/July)        

The dates will be updated annually on the district website. For up to date information, explanation of the process, or interest in obtaining acceleration by exam or Online Courses, please contact your campus administrator(s) or campus counselor. Northwest ISD will not offer examinations for credit on dates other than the scheduled dates. Students need to work with their campus counselor for guidance on registering for the exam(s). The district is not obligated to provide study guides or textbooks for students to prepare for the examination. All tests are in English. 

NISD Online Learning Opportunities

 Online learning opportunities are offered to our high school students to provide a setting for students to complete both original credit coursework as well as making up lost credit through an online learning program. Online courses can be taken during the school day in the Grad Lab at our high schools, outside of the school day, or during the summer. Students must complete all required online and offline assignments with a grade average of 70 or better in a specified time frame to receive credit. There is a fee for online courses taken during the summer session. Online learning courses do not meet NCAA standards and may not be appropriate for all learners. Please see your counselor for more information.

Original Coursework

It is recommended that students who are taking a course for the first time, take the course in a face-to-face or blended classroom setting. However, for some students who have transferred into our district, have other extenuating circumstances, or are wanting to free up additional space in their schedule, taking an online course for initial credit may be the best option for the student. Coursework completed for original credit will be assigned a numerical grade and will count in the student’s overall grade point average (GPA) and appear on the student’s transcript.

Credit Recovery Coursework

Students who have not successfully earned credit in the traditional classroom setting are given an opportunity to recoup credits through online classes if they are available for the course which covers the content originally delivered in a face-to- face class. Coursework that is completed successfully for credit recovery will receive a grade of P for passing, will not be calculated in the GPA but will appear on the transcript. 

Online Available Courses