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 1-12. Leander ISD uses these resources to ensure standardization and objectivity of the exams.

Kindergarten 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.

Exam for Acceleration

There are four levels of Kindergarten Exams for Acceleration (EA) into first grade.

  • The Summer Kindergarten Exam for Acceleration (EA) into First Grade process for registered kindergarten students, who have completed private or home school kindergarten.
  • The Exam for Acceleration (EA) process for kindergarten students during the first nine weeks of school. This process must happen within the first nine weeks of school.
  • The Exam for Acceleration (EA) process for kindergarten students after the first nine weeks and before November 1.
  • The Exam for Acceleration (EA) process for underage students entering LISD from private schools' first grades during the second semester.

For general information about the Kindergarten EA into First Grade process, you may email kathy.wood@leanderisd.org.

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 1-12. For more details or to register for EA testing, please contact your campus counselor. Please note that all the below EA testing dates enable qualifying students to accelerate for the 2019–20 school year.

  • December 3–5, 2018, on campuses
    Registration deadline: Monday, Nov. 5
    • Please note: This date is for students who are unable to come during March or the summer – It is highly recommended that students test during the summer.
  • March 4–6, 2019, on campuses
    Registration deadline: Monday, Feb. 11
    • Please note: This date is for students who are unable to come during March or the summer – It is highly recommended that students test during the summer.
  • June 12–13, 2019, location TBD
    Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 15
  • July 17–18, 201, location TBD
    Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 15

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.