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Testing Requirements & Information

Photo Identification

Students being tested at a local school who are not personally known to the exam supervisor must present a photo identification (ID). All students using an alternative testing site, including the K-16 Education Center, must present an official ID (driver’s license, school ID, or an ID from the Department of Public Safety) with photo and signature at the time of testing.

Contact the Testing Center for more information about acceptable forms of identification.

CBEs and EAs

When a student enrolls in a CBE or EA, the school counselor should sign off on the form to ensure that the credit will be accepted.

Exams must be taken within 60 days of the official enrollment date. One 60-day extension is available for a fee. Once an exam is sent to a testing facility, if not taken within 60 days, the testing facility will return the exam to our offices. If a student requests to have an extension, the student will also incur an additional reprocessing fee if the exam has to be sent again to the testing site.

Re-exams on CBEs/EAs are available for an additional fee; however, most school districts will not accept re-exams on EAs. If the student does not make a 90 or above on the EA, please check with your school district to see if they will allow the student to take a re-exam.

Students will receive a different form of the exam when taking a re-exam.

Background Information

In the thorough test-development process that we use for the Credit by Exam/Exams for Acceleration (CBE/EA) program, we rely on input from Texas certified subject matter experts and practicing classroom teachers to develop items that are appropriate and valid measures of the objectives and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) student expectations. This input includes a semi-annual educator review and revision of all tests.

Organization of the Exams

Subject areas are divided into test objectives. It is important to remember that the objective statements are not found in the TEKS. Rather, the objectives are “umbrella statements” that serve as headings under which student expectations from the TEKS can be meaningfully grouped. Objectives are broad statements that “break up” knowledge and skills to be tested into meaningful subsets around which a test can be organized. Test objectives are not intended to be “translations” or “rewordings” of the TEKS. Instead, the objectives are designed to be identical across grade levels rather than grade specific. Generally, the objectives are the same for kindergarten through eighth grade (an elementary/middle school system). In addition, certain TEKS student expectations may logically be grouped under more than one test objective; however, it is important to understand that this is not meaningless repetition—sometimes the organization of the objectives requires such groupings.

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