Test Service Bureau

Florida Civic Literacy Requirement

Florida Legislative Mandate for new students entering a Florida College System institution or state university 2018-2019

As stated in Florida statute (1007.25), every first-time in college (FTC) student initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2018-2019 and thereafter must demonstrate competency in civic literacy. The legislation defined the following as competencies in civic literacy:
  • Understanding of the basic principles of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government;
  • Understanding of the U.S. Constitution;
  • Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-governance; and
  • Understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases and their impact on law and society.

The Florida Board of Governors (BOG) Regulation 8.006, passed in March 2018, established a broad guideline for institutions to comply with the legislation. As outlined in BOG Regulation 8.006, students can demonstrate their competency in civic literacy in the following ways:

Prior to starting at Florida A&M, students can satisfy the requirement by:
  • earning a 3 or better in Advanced Placement (AP) Government and Politics: United States;
  • earning a 4 or better in Advanced Placement (AP) United States History; or
  • earning a 50 or better in CLEP American Government.

After starting at Florida A&M, students can satisfy the requirement by:
  • Earning a 60 or better in the Civics Literacy Exam;
  • Passing AMH 2020 with a “C” grade or better; or
  • Passing POS 2041 with a “C” grade or better.
The Civics Literacy Exam is a test based on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test with supplemental questions (to ensure all competencies are assessed). Every SUS institution will use the same test, compiled by the Florida Board of Governors using questions taken directly from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test and developed by the Louis Frey Institute of the University of Central Florida.

Florida A&M University will require every first-time-in-college student entering beginning in Summer B 2018 to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. If a student does not meet the AP or CLEP exam thresholds above, the student can either take the Civic Literacy Exam provided to them through the Test Service Bureau or take AMH 2020 or POS 2041. Students taking the test will be allowed unlimited attempts and will be encouraged to prepare for the exam through tutorial resources available in Blackboard under the course title – Civic Literacy.

FAMU will engage all first-time-in-college students in assessing their status in meeting this requirement beginning at the start of the Fall 2018 semester. Students not meeting advanced placement or CLEP standards will be encouraged to review all resources and take the practice exams prior to coming to campus before Welcome Week. This Civic Literacy requirement must be met as a FAMU graduation requirement; however, all first-time-in-college students will be urged to fully comply with the requirement before the start of their second year. The student’s transcript and degree audit will note successful completion of this graduation requirement once the student has satisfied it.

Students who transfer from out-of-state institutions will also be required to demonstrate competency in Civic Literacy, regardless of whether they have passed a Civic Literacy test in another state.

Taking the Test:

The 90 minute Florida Civic Literacy Exam will be administered in the computer lab of the Test Service Bureau, in the UNIVERSITY COMMONS Building -  Room 124 (850/599-3333). To schedule an appointment to take the Civics Literacy exam please click the link below:

            https://www2.registerblast.com/famu/Exam/List

Further information can be obtained from your advisor, if you have additional questions or concerns.

Student Resources:

Students may access the Civics Literacy Exam Tutorial via the Blackboard account.  The tutorial is located under the course “Florida Civic Literacy Requirement.”

Other Resources:

           Study materials for the Naturalization Test.  Written and audio materials are available in English and Spanish.

                        https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test/study-materials-civics-test

           Modern States: Free resources for CLEP preparation:

                         https://modernstates.org/course/american-government/
                         https://modernstates.org/course/history-of-the-united-states-ii/

NOTE: The Florida Board of Governors has determined that dual enrollment courses taken prior to Fall 2018 do not satisfy the civic literacy requirement as those courses did not include the competencies required by statute until Fall 2018.

Contact Info

1610 S. MLK BLVD
124 UNIVERSITY COMMONS
TALLAHASSEE, FL 32307

P: 850.599.3333
F: 850.599.8733

E: famutesting@famu.edu