Credit by Exam

New Enrollees 

The next New Enrollee Acceleration opportunity for Elementary and Middle School students will be next September 2020. 


Kindergarten Acceleration

The next Kindergarten Acceleration opportunity will be next September 2020.

Assessments will be administered on the student’s home campus once they arrive in the district.


Generally, children are best placed at a grade level with students of their own age. However, some students of kindergarten age testingmay already have mastered the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for kindergarten and, for this reason, are ready to go on to first grade. Acceleration by Examination for kindergarten is to allow students to advance to first grade who are not yet six years of age but are academically ready to do so. Typically, these are students who have been enrolled in a private kindergarten (accredited or non-accredited) or a homeschool arrangement.

Kindergarten acceleration opportunities will be offered only once per year. Comal ISD does not accept another district’s kindergarten acceleration testing. A student who enrolls in Comal ISD must meet Comal ISD standards if deadlines have not passed.


A student in kindergarten may be accelerated to first grade if he or she meets ALL of the following requirements in this order:

  1. The student is five (5) years of age on September 1 of the school year in which tested;
  2. The student is six years old on or before December 31 of the school year in which tested;
  3. The student is enrolled in kindergarten in the District;
  4. The student’s parent or guardian initiates the request in writing within the first two weeks of school;
  5. The parent/guardian timely files the request with the campus principal and attends a conference to discuss the request;
  6. The student scores at or above the kindergarten end-of-year expectations on the District’s early reading assessment, which is administered by the kindergarten teacher; and
  7. The student scores at least 80 on each of the following kindergarten content area assessments (language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) through Credit by Exam. Comal ISD will purchase and administer the exams to the student.

The principal will make the recommendation for acceleration and the decision made will be final.



 Credit by Exam Testing Dates/Deadlines


Elementary and Middle School (ES/MS)

Testing Level

Applications posted to CISD website

Applications Due to campus by end of school day

Testing Dates at Campuses

ES/MS Fall Testing

October 15

October 28

November 18-22

ES/MS Spring Testing

January 28

February 11

March 2-6

*ES/MS Summer I Testing

April 28

May 18

Hill Country School-June 8-9

In Town School- June 10-11

*ES/MS Summer II Testing

April 28

May 18

Hill Country School- July 27-28

In Town School- July 29-30

High School (HS)

Testing Level

Applications posted to CISD website

Applications Due to campus by 4pm

Testing Dates at Campuses

HS Fall Testing

September 5

September 23

CHS-November  2

CLHS-October 26

SVHS-October 19

HS Spring Testing

December 17

January 13

CHS-February 1

CLHS-February 8

SVHS-February 22

HS Summer I Testing

April 28

May 18

CHS- June 8

CLHS-June 10

SVHS-June 9

HS Summer II Testing

April 28

May 18

CHS-July 28

CLHS-July 30

SVHS-July 29

*ES/MS Summer testing is held at one hill country campus and one in town campus. The testing will be two days per campus as noted on the applications.



Starting February 1, 2018, students may request the UT High School CBEs for acceleration for courses with a state-level EOC (Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, & U.S. History).