• Middle School Credit By Exam Grades 6-8


    Updated: June 2, 2020
    May CBE testing has been rescheduled to be a June Testing Window - 
    June 15-26.

    June testing information has been posted to the PISD Mobile App.

    June & July applications are closed

    In response to concerns facing all families during these trying times, PISD is working to provide Credit by Exam (CBE) in an alternate format for Summer 2020 testing. We have collaborated with district staff to find a safe, valid, secure format for each of the exams offered. In place of in-school paper testing, we will be administering CBE in an online format. Students will be allowed to test from home utilizing a secure testing platform.  

    You 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 currently using a district Chromebook will need to contact your home campus to indicate that you will need to retain it for CBE testing this summer.

    Students requiring the use of district technology, please complete this CBE Chromebook Request Form.

    Students enrolled in CBE will receive a confirmation letter outlining the instructions for accessing their online exam.

    Confirmation information will be provided to parents and students via the PISD Mobile App.

    • June CBE information has been posted. - June 2, 2020.
    • July CBE information will be posted by Monday, June 29.  
  • 2019-20 Credit By Examination Parent Letters

    The following parent letters provide detailed information on the Credit By Exam (CBE) test that your student has applied for. Carefully read the information provided and contact your student's guidance counselor if you have any questions. There is additional course specific information that can be viewed on this page under MS Acceleration Additional Resources.

    Parent Letter

    Middle School Credit By Exam 

    Credit by Examination for Advancement (Without Prior Instruction) is available to sixth through eighth-grade students who wish to advance a grade level. 

    Students wishing to skip a grade level must demonstrate 80% or higher mastery in Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. If a student fails to meet 80% mastery on any test the testing will be discontinued.

    For a student to advance in mathematics they must have an 80% or higher mastery for the two semesters combined. Counselors should refer to the Middle School Math Advancement Path worksheet to determine what test, if any, is needed for advancement.

    Note: Students who qualify for Math Rocks, may still take the CBE exam, however, if the CBE exam is passed the student is no longer eligible for Math Rocks. 

    All communication and results for Credit by Exams taken in Plano ISD will be posted to the PISD Mobile App.  


    Applications may be obtained from the middle school counselor. The application must be returned to the counselor. The deadlines for the application to be in the Credit by Exam Office are listed on the Test Calendar.

    Testing Guidelines

    Students may take a Credit by Exam for acceleration purposes during any of the four testing periods. However, the following restrictions apply:

    • Students must complete and earn credit for all prerequisite courses before attempting Credit by Exam for the next course in sequence.
    • 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
    • Students may only attempt acceleration two times for the same course

     Application Deadlines and Testing Information

    (Desired outcome Honors Math 7)
    •  Honors Math 6 CBE 

    Current 6th Grade Math or Honors 6th Grade Math
    (Desired outcome Honors Algebra 1)
    •  Honors Math 7 CBE

    Current 7th Grade Math
    (Desired outcome Honors Algebra 1)
    *Mathematics 8A and 8B Credit by Exams come from Texas Tech University ISD
    Additional information for Math 8A and 8B can be accessed on the Texas Tech CBE Review Sheet website.
    •  Math 8A First Semester CBE
    •  Math 8B Second Semester CBE


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