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U.S. and Georgia History Tests

Georgia law requires that each candidate for a degree from a University System of Georgia institution demonstrate knowledge of the history of the United States and Georgia by course work or examination. 

Both of these requirements can be satisfied by earning a passing grade in HIST 2111 or HIST 2112 (U.S. History)  or their equivalents taken at another University System of Georgia institution or by passing the U.S. and Georgia history tests. Students who receive credit for the U.S. history course from a non-University System of Georgia institution or Advanced Placement will satisfy the U.S. portion of the requirement but not the Georgia history portion. The Georgia history requirement can be satisfied by passing HIST 4415 or by passing the Georgia history test. 

Students who choose to take the U.S. and Georgia history tests instead of one of the approved courses must contact the Center for Testing in 100 Lanier Hall to register for one of the scheduled testing dates (generally twice monthly during Fall and Spring semesters and once per month during summer-see test dates below). To make sure that the requirement is satisfied in a timely manner, students are encouraged to take the tests in their freshman or sophomore years, or for transfer students,  as soon as possible after transfer. Students should register early for their preferred test dates because test sessions may fill up. Only one test may be taken in a test session.  Each test has 50 multiple choice questions. Students must receive a score of 60% or better on each test to satisfy the legislative requirement.

Students will be allowed no more than four attempts at the Georgia history exam and four attempts at the U.S. history exam. After the 4th unsuccessful attempt, on either test, students will be required to pass HIST 2111 or HIST 2112 to satisfy the requirement for U.S. and/or Georgia history.

Students who are registered for HIST 2111 or HIST 2112 will not be allowed to sign up for the U.S. or Georgia history test during the semester they are taking the course.



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Thursday June 18, 2015 3:30 p.m.
Thursday Jul. 16, 2015 3:30 p.m.
Thursday Sept. 3, 2015 3:30 p.m.
Friday Sept. 18, 2015 2 p.m.
Thursday Oct. 1, 2015 3:30 p.m.
Friday Oct. 16, 2015 2 p.m.
Thursday Oct. 29, 2015 3:30 p.m.
Friday Nov. 13. 2015 2 p.m.
Thursday Dec. 3, 2015  3:30 p.m.



U. S. History:  

Any recent one- or two-volume U.S. history text or synopsis will provide the basic information you need for the U.S. history test. Several good choices appear in the list below and others may be found on the UGA website. (Some of these books are available in the bookstore.) 

George Tindall & David Shi, America: A Narrative History, 6th ed.
Eric Foner, Give Me Liberty
James A. Henretta et al., America's History
Carol Berkin et al., Making America
Jack Mack Faragher et al., Out of Many: A History of the America People

There are also two U.S. history eBooks available for download from the U.S. Department of State IIP Digital website.

USA History in Brief  provides a brief overview of U.S. history. Outline of U.S. History provides more in-depth coverage. This book is also available online or in PDF format.

Although the University of Georgia and Georgia College tests are different, you may find the U.S. history portion of UGA's US History Study Guide helpful in organizing and focusing your study.  

Another review source is CliffsNotes U.S. History I  and U.S. History II.

Georgia History:
GC Georgia history study guide. The study guide (doc) will assist you as you review for the test. It is not intended to be used without a book or other reference.
Suggested books:
Kenneth Coleman, Georgia History In Outline
Kenneth Coleman, A History of Georgia
(Both are available in the library. Since both books are rather dated, you should consult The New Georgia Encyclopedia or other reference for recent history.)

Additional or more current information can be found at the online Georgia reference - The New Georgia Encyclopedia and at the UGA history webpage.

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