History & Constitution
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 United States History, Georgia History, United States 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 courses from section three, social science foundations in core area E. Note: Passing the tests does not generate earned credit hours. Students are strongly encouraged to check with their advisor prior to registering for examinations to determine if program requirements will be fully met if an exam is taken and passed.
Students transferring to Georgia State University who have satisfied the U.S. Constitution, the Georgia Constitution, U.S. History and Georgia history requirements at another institution are not required to repeat the course work that satisfied those requirements. Decisions regarding satisfactory completion of these requirements by transfer students are made by Admissions.
Registration and Administration Details
Constitution and history exams are paper based and are administered in the Counseling and Testing Center at 75 Piedmont Ave, N.E., Suite 200A, Atlanta, GA 30303. A 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 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 per test, payable upon registration. The fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. To change or postpone a test date, candidates must re-register and repay the administration fee. All registration must be done online. Available test dates are listed within the online registration program.
Scores will be sent to students’ Georgia State University email accounts within two business days following testing. If the results are not received, check the spam block on the account.
The Georgia History, Georgia Constitution and U.S. Constitution exams are comprised of 50 multiple choice and true or false questions. The U.S. History exam is comprised of 100 multiple choice and true or false questions. The passing requirement for the U.S. History exams is 70 percent or higher. The passing requirement for the U.S. Constitution exam is 75 percent or higher while the passing requirement for the Georgia Constitution exams are 60 percent or higher.
The Political Science Department recommendation for test preparation for the revised Georgia Constitution Exam is Georgia’s Constitution and Government by Richard N. Engstrom, Robert M. Howard and Arnold Fleischmann and available from the University of Georgia Press. Additionally, copies of the Georgia Constitution (Constitution of the State of Georgia, 1982) may be obtained free of charge from the Office of the Secretary of State in the State Capital, in the Political Science Department at Georgia State University or in the official Senate material. 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 100 Edgewood Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30303.
The recommended test preparation for the revised Georgia History Exam is the New Georgia Encyclopedia, particularly the following readings:
- Atlanta Compromise Speech
- Atlanta Race Riot of 1906
- Cherokee Removal
- Civil Rights Movement
- Civil War in Georgia: Overview
- County Unit System
- Georgia History: Overview
- Henry W. Grady (1850 -1889)
- James Oglethorpe (1696-1785)
- Jimmy Carter (b. 1924)
- Ku Klux Klan in the Twentieth Century
- Leo Frank Case
- Lester Maddox (1915-2003)
- Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
- Olympic Games in 1996
- Populist Party
- Reconstruction in Georgia
- Revolutionary War in Georgia
- Slavery in Antebellum Georgia
- Slavery in Colonial Georgia
- Temperance Movement
U.S. Constitution and U.S. History:
Preparation materials for the U.S. History exams may be purchased in the form of the item banks listed below from the University Bookstore, located on the third floor of Student Center West. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these study aids before taking the exams. The following are reference materials recommended for use in preparing for the U.S. history exams as complements to the item banks available at the University Bookstore:
- U.S. History: The American Past: A Survey of American History, by: Joseph Conlin
Copies of the U.S. Constitution (Constitution of the United States of America) should be available in the appendix of any American government textbook published since 1973.
For additional questions, contact LaTrease Myles.