History & Constitution
Per Georgia law and University System of Georgia policy, no undergraduate student shall receive a certificate of graduation or a degree without successfully completing coursework or passing a satisfactory examination covering the history of the United States, the history of Georgia, the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Georgia.
The requirements may be met by the successful completion of History 2110 and Political Science 1101 or by examination. 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. Note that credit hours cannot be earned passing Georgia State University’s history and constitution exams.
Decisions regarding satisfactory completion of these requirements for transferring students are made by Admissions. Students transferring to Georgia State University determined to 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 or to take an examination.
Test Dates and Registration
History and constitution exams are available at all Georgia State University campus testing centers. Students can view what dates are available by first picking their preferred test center:
To view the available test dates and time via the exam registration system students must:
- Pick History/Constitution Exam under Choose an exam type.
- Pick a History or Constitution exams you need to take under Choose an exam.
- You can now use the Choose a Date and Choose a Time sections to see all of the open dates and times currently available at Atlanta Campus.
Dates and times are added throughout the year to accommodate students’ schedules. After completing the above steps, students may complete a registration for any open date and time by:
- Providing the student’s name and email.
- Reading and acknowledging the guidelines.
- Providing a Phone number and Georgia State University Panther ID Number.
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.
Test Information and Administration Details
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. The passing requirement for the Georgia History exam is 60 percent or higher. The passing requirement for the Georgia Constitution exams are 60 percent or higher.
Constitution and history exams are computer based and are administered in the Counseling and Testing Center at 75 Piedmont Ave, N.E., Suite 200A, Atlanta, GA 30303. A Photo ID is required for admission to take any of the exams.
- 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).
Scores will be displayed on the computer screen at the end of testing.
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 further information, contact us via our email address or call Anastasia Volokhova at 404-413-1735 or LaTrease Myles at 404-413-1963.