• Credit by Exam

  • Plano ISD students will be administered Credit by Exam (CBE) using an online platform that allows students to test remotely from home with a computer/electronic device that has a microphone and webcam. The test will be administered through a CBE program, and monitored using a secure data monitoring system called Proctorio. Proctorio locks the browser to ensure that students can only access material directly associated with the assessment. Locking the browser is necessary for a secure testing experience for each student.

    Students will need one of the following devices to test at-home:

    • Desktop, Laptop, Mac, or Chromebook with a webcam and microphone (Chrome Browser needed on these devices)


    Students enrolled in CBE will receive a confirmation letter via PISD Mobile App outlining the instructions for accessing their online exam approximately two weeks prior to testing.

  • What is Credit By Exam? 

    Credit by Exam provides a way for students to receive credit and advance. Students must be registered in a Plano ISD school and attending, if school is in session, in order to be eligible to test.

    Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade may test to move ahead one grade level. High school students may earn credit in a course that they have not taken or under certain circumstances may earn credit for a course which they took but for which they did not receive credit. We invite you to visit the links below for more specific information on dates, courses and testing.

    This website is updated periodically as new information is available. Refer back periodically for changes to the calendar and course requirements. For general questions about Credit by Exam or to register for testing, please contact the the students' school counselor. 

    For specific information about acceleration and Credit by Exam, please select the grade level link to the right that applies to your student.

  • Testing Guidelines for Credit by Exam

    Students may take a Credit by Exam for acceleration and/or credit recovery purposes during four testing periods.

    However, the following restrictions apply:

    • Applications must be submitted to your counselor on the date of the application deadline.
    • Students must complete & earn credit for all prerequisite courses before attempting the next course in the sequence.
    • Students may only attempt acceleration two times for the same course.
    • Placement in a new course will only occur at the start of a school year (or semester for semester courses) regardless of when a CBE for acceleration is taken.
    • There is no guarantee that the next course in the sequence will be available at either the home campus or another campus and if a course is available on another campus, district transportation will not be provided.

  • Guidelines for Prior Instruction

    EHDB(LOCAL) These guidelines apply for Credit by Exam with Prior Instruction (or Credit Recovery)

    To earn credit for a course when a student has had prior instruction under the following conditions:

    • The student is enrolling in the District from a non-accredited school; 
    • The student has failed a subject or course; or 
    • The student has earned a passing grade in a subject or course but has failed to earn credit because of excessive absences.

    Students who attended school in a foreign country where they received at least 5 years of literature/ language arts instruction in a language other than English may also qualify to test that language (ie; French, Spanish, Chinese) Level 1 and 2 with prior instruction.

    With Prior Instruction, the student must score 70% or above on the Credit by Exam assessment administered to earn credit.  

    Without Prior Instruction, the student must score 80% or above on the Credit by Exam assessment administered to earn credit.

  • How to Apply for a Credit by Exam

    All Credit by Exam applications must be made through the school counselor.  

    STEP 1 → Parent/Guardian receives and completes a paper CBE application and submits it to the school counselor by the deadline.
    STEP 2 → Campus initiates CBE application request. 
    STEP 3 → Parent receives (email) from forms@pisd.edu confirming application submittal.
    STEP 4 → Counselor approves and submits CBE application.
    STEP 5 → Electronic confirmation letter posted to Plano ISD Mobile App approximately 2 weeks before the test window opens with CBE testing information.

    • Applications may be accepted any time during the year, but must meet the application deadlines established for each testing session. CBE Deadlines are listed below.  
    • Students who apply for CBE are strongly encouraged to begin preparing for the exams as soon as possible.
    • Students need to apply for CBE as soon as they are aware of the need or desire to test because they may need to know the results in time to make other plans to earn the credit if the CBE attempt is not successful. 
    • Students who are new to Plano ISD may test over the summer prior to starting their first year in Plano ISD.
      • They must first register at their new school and be assigned a Plano ISD ID number.
      • Students who are new to Plano ISD and test during the summer will not receive score reports until the school year has begun and the student is attending a Plano ISD school.
    • All District or Vendor developed tests are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). 

  • Credit & Scores Earned Through Credit by Exam

    In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), NO results will be released over the phone or via email.

    • Parents and students may access scores via the Plano ISD Mobile App.
    • Score reports will be sent to the school counselor and school registrar.
    • No grade points are awarded for grades earned through CBE. Only course credit can be earned.
    • Units of credit and grades earned through CBE shall be recorded on the permanent academic record for grades 6‐12, but will not be included in the calculations of GPA or rank‐in‐class.
      • Scores below the required minimum for credit will not be posted.
      • With No Prior Instruction, the student must score 80% or above on the CBE assessment administered to earn credit.
      • With Prior Instruction, the student must score 70% or above on the CBE assessment administered to earn credit.
    • Students are not allowed to forfeit CBE credit.
      • Once the credit is earned, students cannot sit in the course for any reason, including for local credit or because of low performance in the subsequent course.
    • There is no testing for Honors, AP or IB designated courses.
    • Scoring may take 2 to 4 weeks.

  • FAQ for Credit By Exam

    Frequently Asked Questions about Credit by Exam (CBE)

    1.  When can a student test for CBE?

    Students in grades 1-12 may take CBE exams four times per year. Testing administrations are listed on the website and are separated by grade level. Kindergarten students may take CBE exams two times per year. *See your school counselor to determine for which administration the student is eligible.

    2.  Can a student take the CBE exam more than once?

    Yes. Students may attempt acceleration two times, one attempt per testing window for the same grade/subject.  

    3.  Can a student attempt the next course in sequence before completing the prerequisite course?

    No, students must complete and earn credit for all prerequisite courses before attempting Credit by Exam for the next course in the sequence.

    4.  What determines whether a student has prior instruction for a CBE exam?

           *The School Counselor will make prior instruction determinations.*

    EHDB(LOCAL) These guidelines apply for Credit by Exam with Prior Instruction (or Credit Recovery)

    To earn credit for a course when a student has had prior instruction under the following conditions:

    • The student is enrolling in the District from a non-accredited school; 
    • The student has failed a subject or course; or 
    • The student has earned a passing grade in a subject or course but has failed to earn credit because of excessive absences.

    Students who attended school in a foreign country where they received at least 5 years of literature/ language arts instruction in a language other than English may also qualify to test that language (ie; French, Spanish, Chinese) Levels 1 or 2 with prior instruction.

    The student must score 70% or above on the Credit by Exam assessment administered to earn credit.  

    Without Prior Instruction, the student must score 80% or above on the Credit by Exam assessment administered to earn credit.

    5.  Do CBE exam grades get recorded on the transcript?

    If a student passes the CBE exam and is awarded credit, the score will be reported on the transcript. Scores will not be recorded on the transcript if a student does not pass the CBE exam and is not awarded credit.

    6.  Are CBE exams results included in the students’ GPA?

    No.

    7.  Is there a CBE exam for EOC courses?

    Yes. Students are able to take a CBE for Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and US History.

    8.  If a student takes the CBE mid-year, when can he/she be placed in the next course/grade level?

    Placement in a new course/grade level will only occur at the start of a school year (or semester for semester courses) regardless of when a CBE for acceleration is taken.

    9.  Will students taking the Middle School or High School tests be notified prior to testing?

    Yes. Students will receive a confirmation letter via the PISD Mobile App two-three weeks prior to testing with exam information.

    10.  When will CBE results be available?

    Students will receive CBE score reports via the PISD Mobile App approximately three-five weeks after testing. Each campus will receive notification when the score reports are available to the Lead Counselor and Registrar.

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    If you have any additional questions, please email the Credit by Exam office at CBE@pisd.edu