Credit By Examination

  • Credit by Exam (CBE) is a testing program offered by Princeton ISD for enrolled students in grades Kindergarten through 12.  The purpose of CBE testing can be for acceleration (a student wishing to test out of a grade level or course without prior instruction) or recovery of credit (for a failed course).  There is not CBE to skip PreK.  All CBEs in Princeton ISD come from our board-approved vendors: UT Austin and AVANT assessments for foreign languages. 

    Review this important information about CBEs prior to speaking with your counselor:

    • Testing is available to Princeton ISD students who are currently enrolled in Princeton ISD during the available testing windows.

    • Students may not attempt a CBE for a grade or course that they are currently enrolled in.

    • Students in Grade K-8 who are attempting to test out of the NEXT grade level must speak to their counselor at least four weeks prior to the date of the testing window.  If criteria for acceleration has been met, placement in the next grade level will only occur at the start of the following school year.

    • All tests are available in English except the Spanish Monolingual CBE.

    • In order to test out of a K-8 grade level, the student with no prior instruction must make an 80 or higher on all four academic subjects: language arts, math, science, and social studies from our UT Austin High School partner as well as have a school district representative recommend the student for higher grade level and the student’s parents or guardian gives written approval for acceleration.

    • For students with no prior instruction who attempt a CBE for high school credit, the student will need to make an 80 or higher in each semester course. 

    • A student with prior instruction must make a 70 or higher to be awarded credit for recovery.  

    • CBEs still require a student to take the appropriate grade level STAAR/EOC examinations as required by 19 TAC 74.24(c)(11).

    •  A student may not attempt to earn credit by examination more than two times. 

    • Princeton ISD will not charge for examinations for acceleration.  

    Credit by Exams are only offered four times throughout the year.  Please see the testing calendars for dates.