Texas Tech University

Credit by Exam

General CBE Information

TTU K-12 offers over 150 Credit by Exams (CBEs) to evaluate a student's mastery of a given subject or discipline relative to Texas standards. These exams align with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and can be used to make up a failed credit or test out of a subject they have already mastered.

Once a student has enrolled in a CBE, they will have 6 months from the enrollment date to complete their exam. All CBEs must be administered by an approved proctor.

*The following CBEs are only available to students with prior instruction and can only be used for credit recovery, not to replace an end-of-course exam (EOC) or for acceleration:

  • Algebra I - A & B
  • Biology - A & B
  • English I - A & B
  • English II - A & B
  • U.S. History - A & B

Fees

There is a $55 fee per exam which is non-refundable and non-transferable.

CBE Enrollment Process

Full-Time Students:


  1. Obtain approval – full time TTU K-12 students must talk with their academic advisor before enrolling in a CBE. A student's final 2.5 credits before graduation must be taken as full courses, not CBEs.
  2. Find a Proctor – Before a student can purchase or take an exam, they must identify an approved proctor. Please refer to our approved proctor guidelines when locating a proctor for your exams.
  3. Enroll in the Exam – Once student have obtained approval and have a proctor, they may enroll in the exam online, via their advisor or by mail/fax.
  4. Prepare for the Exam – Students can download the CBE review sheet for the exam they plan to take. The review sheet will explain how to study for the exam and what assignments or addition materials are due at the time of the exam.
  5. Take the Exam – Students have 6 months from the day of enrollment to take their CBE. No extensions, refunds or transfer will be granted. Once a CBE expires, it cannot be taken again without re-enrollment.
  6. Receive a Credit – If a student has received no prior instruction in a subject, they must score 80% or above on the CBE to be awarded credit. If a student has received prior instruction in a subject, they must score 70% or above to be awarded credit.

Part-Time Students:


  1. Obtain Approval – Non-full time students must receive approval from their school counselor before enrolling in a CBE. If a student fails to obtain approval, the school may not award credit for the exam.
  2. Find a Proctor – Before a student can purchase or take an exam, they must identify an approved proctor. Please refer to our approved proctor guidelines when locating a proctor for your exams.
  3. Prepare for the Exam – Students can download the CBE review sheet for the exam they plan to take. The review sheet will explain how to study for the exam and what assignments or addition materials are due at the time of the exam.
  4. Take the Exam – Students have 6 months from the day of enrollment to take their CBE. No extensions, refunds or transfer will be granted. Once a CBE expires, it cannot be taken again without re-enrollment.
  5. Receive Credit – The minimum passing score for a CBE is determined by local district policy. Students must check with their school administrators to determine the score needed on a CBE in order to be awarded credit. Please note: high school seniors wanting to meet a spring graduation deadline need to contact their school counselor to determine the deadline for taking a CBE.
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