Credit by Exam (CBE)

  • Credit by Exam (CBE) is an assessment option which affords students the opportunity for promotion to the next grade level (K-5) and to gain course credit (6-12). You can view a detailed copy of Tyler ISD’s policy and procedures here.

    There are two types of CBE:


    Acceleration is considered based on assessments of the essential knowledge and skills (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) for each grade level. All students need to meet the 80% or above standard for each course (available courses here) taken in order to be considered for promotion or credit (requirements).

    Students meeting the 80% standard can be considered for grade level promotion (K-8) or can attain course credits (9-12). Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to take exams for acceleration only for core courses for which there is no End-of-Course assessment required for graduation or for a course needed for graduation requirements or for the chosen graduation plan. In order to qualify for this type of CBE, a student cannot have any prior instruction in the grade level or course for which they are seeking credit.

    The following Credit by Exam assessments windows are available for the 2019-20 school year:

    • October 1-, 2019*
    • January 7-10, 2020*
    • June 2-5, 2020*
    • July 14-16, 2020*

    *Please note that the deadline for applications to be turned into the campus counselor is approximately five weeks before the testing window opens.

    You can find study guides for current CBE courses here.

    Region 7 Education Center will offer Credit by Exam tests from The University of Texas at Austin for grades 3-12 in June and July. (They will not offer any K-2 CBE exams this summer)

    Date Administered                                         Testing Session Start Times

    June 8 & 9, 2020                                                8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

    July 13 & 14, 2020                                              8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

    A battery of four exams (Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies) are offered for grades 3-5. The complete battery must be taken.

    The following exams are offered for grades 6, 7, and 8: Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science. Student may earn credit for an academic subject in grades 6-12 if he/she has met the stipulated requirements.

    If you are interested in CBE testing at Region 7, please contact your campus counselor or the TISD Assessment Department for Registration Forms.


    Students wishing to recover credits (9-12) or be considered for grade level promotion (K-8; generally, only students who were held back a grade qualify for this assessment) can arrange with a participating testing organization to take this test. School districts ARE NOT required to provide these assessments. If a student wishes to take this type of CBE, a parent/guardian must make arrangements directly with a participating testing organization offering CBEs.

    Tyler ISD has arranged with the Testing Center at Tyler Junior College to proctor exams ordered by parents (proctoring information).

    Participating Organizations/Information