Credit by Exam
Credit by Exam (CBE) for Acceleration provides an opportunity to earn grade level or course credit in which no prior formal instruction was completed. Credit by Exam (CBE) with prior instruction provides an opportunity to earn grade level or course credit with completion of formal instruction. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below prior to completing the application.
A: Credit by Exam for Acceleration provides an opportunity to earn grade level or course credit in which no prior formal instruction was completed. Credit by Exam is designed for a small percentage of students who have an academic and emotional need to advance to the next grade level.
Credit by Exam is not designed for grade level recovery after being retained in a previous grade level.
Q: What are the eligibility requirements for a student to register for CBE?
A: Students must meet all eligibility requirements to register for CBE testing:
1. Student is enrolled in a Trinity ISD school.
2. Student will be at least 5 years old by September 1st of the current year.
3. Registration form is completed and returned to school principal by the deadline listed on the form.
4. Campus principal must sign the registration form to verify student’s grade level and eligibility.
Q: How many tests will my student take?
A: Students attempting to earn credit for a grade level K-8, will take four subject-area exams: English language arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Students attempting to earn high school course credit will take two tests per course, one for semester "A" credit and one for semester "B" credit. The following courses are not available for CBE for Acceleration at this time: Algebra 1, Biology, English I, English II, or US History.
Q:What are the dates for the CBE?
A: Trinity ISD offers four testing opportunities throughout the year.
Kindergarten – 8th grade:
Students must pass Math and Science in order to take the Reading and Social Studies exams on day two of the session.
If a student is testing out of a two semester course, they must pass the semester "A" exam in order to sit for the semester "B" exam.
Credit by Exam administration dates for the school year are listed in the application for each administration.
Q: What are the registration deadlines?
A: The registration deadlines are listed on the CBE applications.
Q: Where do the tests come from?
A: Trinity ISD orders the tests from The University of Texas at Austin’s K-16 Education Center.
Q: What is on the test?
A: The tests are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and skills, found here: http://tea.texas.gov/curriculum/teks/
Q: How do I access the CBE registration form?
A: The CBE registration form can be found at the links provided above.
Q:What time should my student arrive at the testing location?
A: All students must arrive at the testing location by 8:00 a.m. The maximum amount of time allowed for each exam is 3 hours. If there are two tests administered that day, the afternoon session begins promptly at 12:00 p.m.
Q: What is the testing address and location?
A: Testing locations may change, depending on the availability of campuses.
Testing locations will be verified through a letter you will receive from the Assessment Center which will include a confirmation of dates, times and location. You will receive this letter about 10 days prior to the first established testing date in the testing window.
Q: We will be out of town on the testing dates listed can my child take the test on a different day?
A: Testing opportunities are offered four times throughout the school year. The district will adhere to the scheduled testing dates provided for parents and students.
Q: How can my child study or prepare for the CBE exams?
A: Review materials may be found at: https://highschool.utexas.edu/cbe_study_guides
The above website contains information about the structure of the exam and question samples. High school students should access this site in order to read specific selections before some exams. Obtaining student textbooks referenced in the study materials will be the responsibility of the parent.
Q: What score does my student need to earn in order to accelerate?
A: Students must earn 80% on all four subject-area exams to earn credit for an entire grade level in K-8.
High school students must earn 80% on each semester exam to earn credit for a course.
Q: If my student does not score a minimum of 80%, will the score be recorded on the student transcript?
A: Scores below 80% will not be recorded on the student’s permanent transcript.
Q: My child does not make an 80% on the exam. Can I appeal the results?
A: The state has established a passing standard of 80%. Therefore, appeals of student results cannot be considered.
If my child meets the passing score of 80% or above, can I choose whether or not to have my student to enroll in the next grade level or course?
Q: What grade will my student test out of it he/she is taking the assessment during the Fall administration?
A: A student may not take a CBE for a grade level or course in which that student is currently enrolled. A student currently in 2nd grade would take Grade 3 CBE. If the requirements are met, the student will remain in the current grade level (2nd grade) until the end of the school year and enter 4th grade in the fall of the following school year.
Q: What grade will my student test out of if he/she is taking the exam during the Spring, Summer 1 or Summer 2 adminisrtations?
A student may not take a CBE for a grade level or course in which that student is currently enrolled. All Credit by Exam tests will be for the next grade level or sequential course. For example, a student currently enrolled in Grade 1 will take the exams to test out of Grade 2. If the requirements are met, the student will remain in the current grade level until the end of the school year.