• The State Board of Education has established procedures to allow elementary students to “skip” one grade level by taking a series of exams which assess the Texas Essential Knowledge/Skills (TEKS) established for that grade level. Parents interested in having their children screened for credit-by-exam should contact their school counselor. If the school is unable to answer a question, please email the Testing Office at


  • Students in elementary and middle school may test to skip a grade level or to accelerate in math only. Parents interested in this type of testing should reach out to their student's counselor. Please visit the campus website for counselor contact information.

    To skip kindergarten or grades 1-8, students' scores on the credit-by-exam tests will be examined to see if advanced placement criteria have been met. Students who meet the criteria - [score of 80% or better on each subtest of the exam] - may advance one grade level.

    Students will only have one opportunity to test for each grade level considered.

    • To skip Kindergarten:
      • To be eligible for Credit-by-Exam, kindergarten students must be 5 on or before September 1 and registered in CFISD. Additional criteria to be considered are noted below.
        • Completed kindergarten in a private school in Texas or public school out-of-state; or
        • Parent request
    • To skip First Grade:
      • To be eligible for Credit-by-Exam, first grade students must be 6 on or before September 1 and enrolled in CFISD. Additional criteria to be considered are noted below.
      • Demonstrate above-level achievement on the end-of-year kindergarten benchmarks given in May; or
        • Be formally identified as Gifted/Talented [HORIZONS]; or
        • Parent request


Test Dates Parent Registration Deadline
Week of August 28 - September 8, 2023 By August 18, 2023
Week of November 27 - December 1, 2023 By November 2, 2023
Week of February 12 - 15, 2024 By January 25, 2024


  • Students in grades 6-12 may be awarded high school 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. Students who wish to take an assessment for high school credit courses need to contact their campus counselor to review course requirements prior to signing up for a credit by exam. Please visit the campus website for counselor contact information.

Test Dates Registration Deadline
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
*New to CFISD only*
(Registration opens when counselors return on contract)
Monday, August 7, 2023
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
*New to CFISD only*
(Registration opens when counselors return on contract)
Monday, August 14, 2023
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 Monday, August 28, 2023
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 Monday, September 25, 2023
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 Monday, October 30, 2023
Tuesday, December 12, 2023 Monday, November 27, 2023
Tuesday, January 9, 2024 Monday, December 11, 2023
Tuesday, February 13, 2024 Monday, January 29, 2024
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 Friday, February 16, 2024
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 Monday, March 25, 2024
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 Monday, April 29, 2024