• Credit By Examination (CBE) Frequently Asked Questions

    What material does the examination cover? 
    Credit By Examinations cover the Texas Education Agency's Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for the course.
    Avant's Languages Other Than English (LOTE) examinations are based upon the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines; therefore, it is possible for a student to attain multiple years' credit through one examination.
    What examinations can my child take?
    Please contact your child's counselor to discuss your goals and questions about potential credits via CBE. Means by which course credit may be earned, including but not limited to credit-by-examination, is a course planning conversation to have with your counselor.
    How is testing scheduled? 
    Testing is generally scheduled to begin in the morning. Students have up to three hours to complete each examination, but typically finish more quickly. If your student is taking multiple CBEs and it appears time in the afternoon may be needed, you will be contacted to see if you want to pick up your child for a lunch break and/or bring him/her a lunch.
    For Avant LOTE CBEs, there is not a time limit, but most students typically finish before lunch.
    What does my child need to bring?
    Please bring 2-3 sharpened pencils. You may also bring a water bottle and a snack. If any other supplies are needed based upon the test you are taking (calculator, etc.), this will be communicated to you with your study guide and testing schedule.
    Please note that, for Avant LOTE CBEs, your child will not receive a study guide along with his/her testing schedule. Instead, he/she will receive a link to a test taker guide to prepare them for what to expect within the Avant online testing system. In addition, for some Avant LOTE CBEs, students will be asked to use a virtual keyboard in the language that is installed for testing in order to produce the correct characters when writing. If you have questions about whether the LOTE CBE you are considering uses a virtual keyboard, please ask your child's counselor.
    Who will test my child? 
    Your child will be tested by campus staff members who regularly work with and/or assess students throughout the school year.
    Will my child be tested by himself or herself? 
    Your child will most likely be grouped with other students who are also testing.
    How long will it take for the results to arrive? 
    You will typically receive results within 2-3 weeks, and then you may coordinate with your campus counselor regarding credit decisions. If your child is taking an English CBE or a LOTE CBE, the results will take a little longer as these tests include writing samples that must be scored and returned.