Credit By Exam


    cbe process





    CBE Study Guide (UT)

    Online Proctoring Information (UT)

    Available Credit By Exams (UT)


    Credit By Exams will be offered during four testing windows throughout the school year. Fort Worth ISD works through University of Texas High School to provide students with flexible acceleration testing that can be used for grade skipping, course acceleration, or course credit retrieval (see definitions and scoring requirements below). For grades 3-12, Fort Worth ISD pays for remote online testing, in order to provide a flexible online testing option for students. Utilizing remote online testing allows students to test from the convenience of home or school, provided there is access to a computer with a camera, student identification, and an internet connection.

    To register for a Credit By Exam, please register through your school counselor. Once exams are processed, 3rd-12th Grade students will receive an email at their Fort Worth ISD email address from UTHS with instructions for completing the exam. Kinder-2nd Grade students will be notified via their school counselor and will be required to test on campus. Students will have 30 days from the email receipt to complete the exam. For additional information please reach out to your school counselor or Tyler Dean ( in the Gifted and Talented office.

    *Students, please visit the Student CBE Preparation page for information regarding preparing for your credit by exam.

    Testing Windows & Registration Deadlines for the 2022-2023 School Year

    November 14th - December 12th Window - Registration Deadline October 14th


    February 20th - March 20th Window - Registration Deadline December 16th


    June 5th - 26th Window - Registration Deadline April 14th


    July 10th – 24th Window - Registration Deadline May 12th

    The Fort Worth Independent School District uses credit by examination (CBE) to obtain course credit for the following purposes: 

    (a) acceleration (without prior instruction)

    • FWISD Policy EHDC(LOCAL):  “No prior instruction shall be defined as having no formal instruction in the specific course content/and or grade for which the examination is given.”  Requires a passing score of 80%. 

    (b) acceleration (with prior instruction) 

    • FWISD Policy EHDB(LOCAL):  “Prior instruction may include homeschooling, correspondence courses, independent study supervised by a parent or teacher, coursework, and or/experience in a foreign country, when documented as appropriate.” Requires a passing score of 70%.  

    Credit Retrieval (prior formal instruction)

    • Requires a passing score of 70%

    Placement/validation (prior instruction)

    • Requires a passing score of 70% 

    CBE Information

    FWISD Board Policy

    Texas Adminstrative Code 74.24

    Texas Education Code 28.023