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U.S. and Georgia Constitution Tests

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

Both of these requirements can be satisfied by earning a passing grade in POLS 1150 (Politics and Society)  or its equivalent taken at another University System of Georgia institution. Students who are not required to take POLS 1150 as a part of their core requirements may also satisfy the requirements by passing the U.S. and Georgia constitution tests. Transfer students who receive credit for POLS 1150 from a non-University System of Georgia institution or Advanced Placement will satisfy the U.S. portion of the requirement but not the Georgia constitution portion. The Georgia constitution requirement can be satisfied by passing POLS 2201 (State and Local Government) or by passing the Georgia constitution test.

Eligible students who choose to take the U.S. and Georgia constitution tests instead of the approved course 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-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 three attempts at the Georgia constitution exam and three attempts at the U.S. constitution exam. After the 3rd unsuccessful attempt, students will be required to pass POLS 1150 to satisfy the requirement for U.S. and/or Georgia constitution.

Students who are registered for POLS 1150 will not be allowed to sign up for the U.S. or Georgia constitution test during the semester they are taking the course. The constitution testing policy became effective in Fall 2012.

TEST DATES:

Day Date Time
Thursday Sep. 18, 2014 3:30 p.m.
Friday Oct. 3, 2014 2 p.m.
Thursday Oct. 23, 2014 3:30 p.m.
Friday Nov. 7, 2014 2 p.m.
Thursday Nov. 20, 2014 3:30 p.m.
Thursday Dec. 4, 2014 3:30 p.m.
Thursday Jan. 29, 2015 3:30 p.m.
Friday Feb. 13, 2015 2 p.m.
Thursday Feb. 26, 2015 3:30 p.m.
Friday Mar. 13, 2015 2 p.m.
Friday Mar. 27, 2015 2 p.m.
Thursday Apr. 9, 2015 3:30 p.m.
Friday Apr. 24, 2015 2 p.m.

 

PREPARING FOR THE TESTS:

The Government and Sociology department has placed American Government textbooks that also include the Georgia government study guide on reserve in the library.

The Government of Georgia study guide and American government textbooks are also available for purchase at Box Office Books, listed under POLS 1150.

There is a U.S. government publication, "Outline of U.S. Government", available for download from the U.S. Department of State IIP Digital website or available online or in PDF format.


The CliffsNotes website also has review materials on American government. Relevant sections are The Constitution, Federalism, Congress, The President, The Judiciary, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights. 

 

 

 

 

 

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