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Katy Independent School District

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Credit by Examina​​tio​n (CBE)

Katy ISD offers Credit by Examination  for acceleration at every grade level and subject area offered in accordance with the Texas State Board of Education rules. A student is allowed to advance one grade level or one course per subject per academic year. Katy ISD offers four Credit by Examination  testing windows throughout the year.

For more information about Credit by Examination (CBE), please contact your campus counselor.

Please be advised that the student must currently be a student with Katy ISD to be registered for CBE exams.

Fall and Spring CBE Information

Kindergarten applications for Credit by Exam are now closed.  The Fall application deadline for grades 1-12 exams is October 12, 2021.  Please see your campus counselor for an application.  KVA students will need to contact the campus they are zoned to for an application.  Information on specific dates and times of the exams will be provided by the campus once orders are finalized and processed.  ​Scores as they become available will be posted within the HAC.     

Limited proctor at home exams may become available for those enrolled through KVA, but are not available for grades K, 1 and 2.  Additional information on what to expect with remote testing may be found in the FAQ​​s​



To be considered for placement into first grade through Credit by Exam the following criteria should be met. 

  • Student is at least 5 years of age by September 1st

  • Parent meets with counselor to receive an application.

  • Parent submits application to campus by deadline. 

  • Student attains at least a score of 80 on all four (Language Arts, Social Science, Math and Science) Kindergarten Credit by Exams. 

​Parents should also be aware:

  • There is only one window for testing per calendar year with no exceptions to ordering deadlines. 

  • There is no retest.

  • Results and placements are final. 

  • Parents will be notified which tests are taken, who the vendor is and the website link, if appropriate, to download study guides, allowable materials for use on the test as well as test location, date and time. 


  • Four​ windows offered each year with no exceptions to ordering deadlines.
  • No exams purchased individually through UT are accepted. They must be ordered through an institutional order by applying by published deadlines and then being authorized by the student's zoned campus.
  • There is no fee for credit by Exam without prior instruction.
  • There is a $75 per test fee for credit by exam with prior instruction.
  • Only CBE's administered by Katy ISD within the Katy ISD test windows will be accepted. 
  • Parent meets with counselor to receive an application.
  • December and early spring results will be considered and applied to the following school year. 
  • Only one grade level or course per subject may be advanced per year on nonadaptive tests.
  • The foreign language adaptive test may attain level II credit in addition  if proficiency results in an A grade.  
  • A single retest attempt is available.  Because of tight deadlines retests from scores on June exams are only available for  78 or 79.  
  • 80% or above must be attained for courses or grade levels without prior instruction; 70% for credit recovery. . 
  • Students must take each pre-requisite CBE to receive credit.  (No Credit Validation)
  • Passing scores will go on the student transcript.
  • Students shall be accelerated in grade levels(K-8)/subjects (high school credit only) if scores are 80% or above.
  • Results must be received by the first day of school to be considered for acceleration.

Parents should also be aware:

  • Results and placements are final. 

  • Parents will be notified which tests are taken, who the vendor is and the website link, if appropriate, to download study guides, allowable materials for use on the test as well as test location, date and time. ​

  • Summer administrations have tight deadlines and movement from the June window to the July window will not be able to happen after the July order deadline. 

Jr. High Math Advancement
​​Enrolled Grade/Course​
​CBE Exam
​​5th grade attempting to place out of 6th KAP Math. 
6th grade Math (UT) online 
6th grade KAP student attempting to place out of 7th grade KAP Math. 
8th grade Math (UT) online 
7th grade (not KAP) attempting to take Algebra the following year. 
8th grade Math (UT) online 
7th grade KAP attempting to place out of Algebra I 
Algebra I (UT) online

Foreign Language  

Students in grades 8-12 may attempt to earn credit for foreign language in Chinese, Japanese, French, German, or Spanish through AvantThis exam is an adaptive test covering proficiency potentially of several levels of foreign language rather than a single courseAs such credit is granted in the following ways:   

  • Level 1 on a score of 80 or above as requested.  
  • Level 2 will be granted automatically on the request of level 1 if the student does not already have credit and earns a proficiency rating of 90 or aboveScores of 80 or above can also receive credit upon request and a signed waiver.  
  • Level 3 on a score of 80 or above as requestedPlease be advised that this option is not weighted, and options exist to take a course at the campus that are.  

For an explanation of how proficiency ratings are converted to a numerical grade please see here.  

Latin is also available for credit by exam through Texas Tech. This exam is course specific 

Timelines for Grade Reporting 

Official scores can take up to six weeks to come in and will be available within the HACPaper copies of the official scores will be available from the campus shortly afterOver the summer months, paper copies are held until counseling staff return to contract duty and are distributed to parents in early September.  

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