Constitution Requirements (State of Georgia Legislative Requirements)

If you require any of the Legislative Exams, please email testingservices@mga.edu. The Legislative Exams will be administered remotely for the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester.

Any student who is not able to take the exam remotely due to limited resources and/or the inability to access required resources should contact Testing Services for assistance.

Students must satisfy the Georgia legislative requisites of demonstrating proficiency in United States and Georgia Constitutions.

Students may meet the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Successfully completing Political Science 1101 at Middle Georgia State University, OR
  • Transferring in an equivalent course from a University System institution, which designates that course as fulfilling the Constitutions requirement, OR
  • Transferring in an equivalent course from a private institution in Georgia, whose catalog specifically indicates that the course satisfies the Georgia legislative Constitutions requirement.

Students have satisfied only the United States component of the Constitution requirement under the following circumstances and must still successfully pass an examination on the Georgia Constitution:

  • Transferring in an equivalent political science course from an out-of-state institution.
  • Transferring in an equivalent political science course from a private institution in Georgia whose catalog does not specify that the course meet the requirement.
  • Obtaining credit for Political Science 1101 through Advanced Placement or CLEP exams.

Students needing to take a Constitution exam may do so when it is scheduled as a separate testing session. Scheduled GA/US Constitution sessions require registration and this can be done online.

Students opting to exempt Political Science 1101 will be required to pass a CLEP test and pass the Georgia Constitution test offered in the Testing Services.

Students are limited to two attempts at passing the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions exams. After that, students must enroll in Political Science 1101.

All students will be allowed to reschedule up to one hour PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED EXAM TIME without penalty, so long as another appointment is available. 

  • Students wishing to reschedule must contact testingservices@mga.edu a minimum of one hour prior to the exam appointment.  
  • Students may request a refund for a future test date at least one business day PRIOR to the scheduled exam. Keep in mind, there is $3.50 non-refundable processing fee.  
  • Students who miss an exam without notice, and for which a rescheduled appointment is not available, will not be eligible to receive a refund unless proof of extenuating circumstances is provided.  

Georgia Constitution Examination

  • The Georgia constitution test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions.
  • The test has a 60 minute time limit.
  • A passing score is 60% or higher.
  • Two chances to pass the test are allowed.
  • Georgia Constitution Test Preparation:
    • Georgia's Constitution and Government, 9th Edition by Richard N. Engstrom, Robert M. Howard and Arnold Fleischmann
    • Georgia Politics in a State of Change by Bullock and Gaddie (ISBN-13: 978-0205864676)

U.S. Constitution Examination

  • The U.S. Constitution test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions.
  • The test has a 60 minute time limit.
  • A passing score is 60% or higher.
  • Two chances to pass the test are allowed.
  • U.S. Constitution Test Preparation:
    • Any current introductory POLS 1101 textbook
    • American Government (Brief edition) by James Wilson

Legislative Visual Aid

Does the course or exam in the left column meet the Georgia Legislature's graduation requirement for
Course/Exam US History GA History US Government GA Government
Passing any USG HIST 2111 or 2112 course YES YES - -
Passing an equivalent HIST 2111 or 2112 course outside of USG YES NO 1 - -
Passing CLEP US History I or US History II exams YES NO 1 - -
Receiving AP Credit for History 2111 and/or HIST 2112 YES NO 1 - -
Passing any USG POLS 1101 course - - YES YES
Passing any equivalent POLS 1101 course outside of USG - - YES NO 2
Passing CLEP American Government exam - - YES NO 2

Notes:

  1. Students must pass the local GA History test offered in the testing center to satisfy the graduation requirement.
  2. Students must pass the local GA Constitution-Government test offered in the testing center to satisfy the graduation requirement.
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