History & Constitution
Per Georgia law and University System of Georgia policy, all colleges and universities shall give instruction in the history of the United States, and in the history of Georgia, and in the essentials of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Georgia.
For this reason, students must pass HIST 2110 and POLS 1101 at Georgia State University, have previously completed these courses at a University System of Georgia institution, or pass the proficiency examination in these legislative requirements available for students at the Testing Center. 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 by passing the Georgia State University’s history and constitution proficiency exams.
Decisions regarding satisfactory completion of these requirements for transferring students are made by Admissions. Students who transfer in American Government or Constitution courses from a non-system school will be required to take the Georgia History and Constitution exams or retake the courses at Georgia State.
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 exam under Choose an exam.
- 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.
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
The following are reference materials recommended for use in preparing for the U.S. history exams:
- 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.