The State of Georgia and the Board of Regents have made it a legal requirement for each student attending a college or university in the state to pass examinations in the areas of history of the United States and Georgia, and the provisions and principles of the constitutions of the United States and Georgia. There are a total of four exams included under the legislative requirements: United States History, Georgia History, United State Constitution, and Georgia Constitution. The state of Georgia and the Board of Regents’ requirements pertaining to Constitution and History Exams for graduation with the associate and bachelor degrees are outlined below:
The requirements may be met by examination or by the successful completion of History 2110 and Political Science 1101. If the examinations are passed, students must select additional course(s) from Section 3, Social Science Foundations in Core Area E. (Note: Passing the exemption tests does not generate earned credit hours.) Students are strongly encouraged to check with advisor prior to registering for the exemption examinations to determine if program requirements will be fully met if exam(s) are taken and passed.
Students transferring to Georgia State University who have satisfied the constitution and/or history requirements at another institution are not required to repeat those exams. Decisions regarding satisfactory completion of these requirements by transfer students are made by the Office of Admissions.
Registration and Administration Details
Constitution and history exams are paper-based and are administered in the Counseling and Testing Center, Suite 200A, 75 Piedmont Ave. NE. Your Panther ID is required for admission to take any of the exams. Test times are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on specified dates.
* Each exam may be taken only once per test date.
* A maximum of two (2) exams may be taken during each test session (a.m. session or p.m. session).
* Changing tests on test date may not be possible; students should plan and register carefully for the intended exam(s).
The test fee is 18.00 per test, payable upon registration. The fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable (i.e., if you want to change or postpone your test date, you must re-register and re-pay the administration fee).All registration must be done online at The Georgia State University Counseling and Testing Center. Available test dates are listed within the online registration program.
Scores will be sent to students’ Georgia State University e-mail accounts within 2 business days following testing. If you do not receive your results, please check your SPAM block feature on your account.
January 2015: 15, 28
February 2015: 10, 27
March 2015: 9, 26
April 2015: 1, 16
The Georgia History, Georgia Constitution and U.S. Constitution exams are comprised of 50 multiple choice and True/False questions. The U.S. History exam is comprised of 100 multiple choice and True/False questions.
- The passing requirements for the U.S. and Georgia History exams is 70% or higher.
- The passing requirements for the U.S. and Georgia Constitution exam is is 75% or higher.
Preparation materials for the U.S. and Georgia History exams may be purchased in the form of the item banks listed below from the University Bookstore, located on the 3rd floor of the University Center. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these study aids before taking the exams.
- Item Bank: U.S. History Exam
- Item Bank: Georgia History Exam
The following are reference materials recommended for use in preparing for the constitution and history exams, and to aid as complements to the item banks listed above:
U.S. History: The American Past: A Survey of American History, Joseph Conlin.
Georgia History: Georgia History in Outline, Kenneth Coleman.
U.S. Constitution: Constitution of the United States of America. Any copy of an American Government textbook published since 1973 should have a complete copy of the U.S. Constitution in the Appendix.
Georgia Constitution: Constitution of the State of Georgia, 1982.
Copies may be obtained free of charge from the Office of the Secretary of State in the State Capital, or in the Political Science Department at GSU. In addition, the Georgia League of Women Voters has published a booklet which is available for a small charge. The League of Women Voters Office is located at 1776 Peachtree Street, Suite 233 North, Atlanta, GA 30309.