Civic Literacy Resources

Section 1007.25(4), Florida Statutes, requires all students who enter a Florida public college or university in 2018 (Summer C/Fall) or any semester thereafter to meet the State of Florida Civic Literacy Requirement. Students can satisfy this requirement by:

1.    Earning a grade of “C-“ or higher in POS1041 American National Government or AMH2020 A History of the United States Since 1877
2.    Receiving credit for either POS1041 or AMH2020 through completion of one or more of the following:

  • Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States exam with a score of 3 or higher;
  • Advanced Placement United States History exam with a score of 4 or higher;
  • CLEP American Government exam with a score of 50 or higher; or

3.    Earning a minimum score of 60 out of 100 on the Florida Civic Literacy Exam.

Below you will find some resources, study tips, and test preparation strategies for students seeking to fulfill this requirement through the Florida Civic Literacy Exam:



Test Preparation

Preparation Before Taking the Test

  • Use the free government websites and study guide resources listed above to prepare for the 100-question multiple choice test.
    • Creating your own study aides should include: flash cards, mnemonic devices, visual nonlinear organization templates (e.g., concept maps, flow charts, etc.), and sample quiz items.
    • More information on study strategies and templates is available at
  • Eat at least 30 minutes before you take the test.
  • Get a full night's rest the night before the test.

On Testing Day
[testing strategies recommended by Saundra Yancy McGuire's Teach Yourself How to Learn (2018) ]

  • Read the directions very carefully, listen for additional directions provided by the FSU Testing Center staff.
  • Survey the exam and budget your time. You will have 2 hours to take the 100 question multiple-choice test.
  • You will be able to scroll through the entire test; begin with the easiest questions and work your way up to the harder ones. This builds confidence and brings more information to your mind.
  • Carefully read through all answer choices before making your selection.
  • Expect memory blocks and recognize that the information will come back to you if you move on to other questions.
  • Perform deep-breathing exercises to relax; use positive self-talk.
  • Remain confident that if you have prepared well, you will do well.
  • Before submitting your test, review the entire test one last time to confirm all questions are answered. It is best to make an educated guess even if you don't know the correct answer.
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