Exam for Acceleration

Exam for Acceleration (EA) Process

According to Texas State Board of Education rules, school districts must offer Examinations for Acceleration (EA) at every grade level and for every subject area offered in grades K–12. To help schools serve this mandate, the University of Texas and Texas Tech University Distance Education Centers offer a wide array of exams for grades K–12. Leander ISD uses these resources to ensure standardization and objectivity of the exams.

Kindergarten Exam for Acceleration

Exam for Acceleration

Highly advanced kindergarten students who are currently enrolled in kindergarten in LISD can accelerate to first grade ONLY if they qualify through the Kindergarten Exam for Acceleration (EA) into first grade process.

Students will be accelerated into First Grade if they achieve a minimum score of 80% on the grade-level exam in both of the following subject areas: language arts and mathematics.

Exam for Acceleration Criteria

Grades 1-5

Exam for Acceleration

A student in grades 1-5, who has not received instruction at the grade level tested, must be accelerated (promoted) one grade if the student meets the following requirement: The student achieves a minimum score of 80% on the grade-level exam in all of the following subject areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Grades 6-12

Students in grades 6-12 seeking placement credit in a subject area in which they have not received prior instruction may earn credit by passing these exams with a score of 80%.


Testing Dates

Below is the Exam for Acceleration testing schedule for students in grades K–12. For more details or to register for EA testing, please contact your campus counselor.

Please note: All of the below EA testing dates enable qualifying students to accelerate for the 2020–21 school year.

  • Dec. 2-4, 2019, on campuses
    Registration deadline: Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

  • March 2–4, 2020, on campuses
    Registration deadline: Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

  • June 1–4, 2020, location to be determined
    Registration deadline: Friday, April 24, 2020

Need additional information?

For grades 1-12, UT provides review sheets in a free online printable format, available even before students are enrolled. Please click this link for more information.

Please email Kathy Wood, director of gifted and K–8 advanced programs or Tamara Porras, advanced programs coordinator.