Civic Literacy Test FAQs

  1. WHAT IS THE CIVIC LITERACY TEST?
    The questions test basic knowledge of the U.S. political system, the U.S Constitution and landmark Supreme Court cases. Some of the questions are based on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test. Students take the Civic Literacy Test to meet a requirement of the Florida College System and State University System. It is not related in any way to the naturalization process of the U.S. government.
  2. HOW DO I STUDY FOR THE TEST?
    FREE workshops to prepare for the Civic Literacy test are offered throughout the year through the Center for Learning And Student Success (CLASS).
    This 3-part workshop series covers the founding of the U.S. and the U.S. Constitution and amendments, structure of U.S. government, and landmark Supreme Court Cases. For more information on these FREE workshops and for specific dates/times, visit http://fau.edu/class/civicliteracy.php

    In addition to attending the workshops, review the module Learn about the United States: Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test. A number of questions deal with landmark Supreme Court cases. To review, consult a textbook on the structure and operations of the U.S. government or visit any number of websites, including http://landmarkcases.org/en/landmark/home. Finally, several questions relate to the U.S. Constitution and its amendments. You should consult a website containing the Constitution, such as http://constitutionus.com/.
  3. HOW DO I TAKE THE CIVIC LITERACY TEST?
    You can take the Civic Literacy test at no charge, in-person at the FAU Testing Center (currently unavailable due to COVID-19). Visit www.fau.edu/testing for more information. You can also take the Civic Literacy test online through Canvas 24/7. While there is no charge for the test, there is a $12.75 online proctoring fee. To take the online/remote Civic Literacy exam, click to enroll in the Canvas course.
  4. HOW LONG DOES THE TEST TAKE?
    You have up to 120 minutes to complete the test, but many will complete it in far less time.
  5. I TOOK THE U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES NATURALIZATION TEST WHEN I BECAME A U.S. CITIZEN. DO I STILL NEED TO MEET THIS REQUIREMENT?
    Yes. The requirements for the Naturalization Test and the Civic Literacy Test differ.
  6. HOW OFTEN MAY I RETAKE THE CIVIC LITERACY TEST?
    You may retake the test as many times as needed to achieve a passing score (60 or higher). You may not take the test twice, however, in the same day.
  7. DOES THE SCORE APPEAR ON MY FAU TRANSCRIPT?
    No. Successful completion of the requirement, however, will appear on your transcript.


 Last Modified 10/14/20