All students enrolled in an institution of higher education affiliated with the University System of Georgia must receive instruction in Georgia history and government. Political science and history courses taught in University System schools include the required information about Georgia.
The University System assumes that political science and history courses from non-System colleges and universities do not include Georgia history and government. Students must either take the courses again or demonstrate knowledge of the content through legislative exams.
Students may take a legislative exam in lieu of a credit course if:
Students who need additional hours of academic credit for history or government should take courses rather than the legislative tests, which do not confer credit. Please consult your advisor and the academic catalog for more information.
To reserve your spot to test, call the Testing Center at (678) 466-4495. There is no longer a charge for this exam.
You may schedule up to 2 different exams each date--the first starting at 5:00 and the second starting at 5:30 p.m. These exams are taken on the computer. You may not repeat the same exam on the same test day.
Legislative exams offered at Clayton State University are only for Clayton State University students. Each school affiliated with the University System of Georgia is responsible for its own students.
The Testing Center is located at 121 Arbor Hall at Clayton State - East. The address is 5823 Trammel Road, Morrow, GA 30260: http://www.clayton.edu/maps/csueast.
The following study materials for each of the exams are available for use in the Clayton State University Library. The Clayton State University Campus Store can order the textbooks upon request (three-day turn-around period). You may also order textbooks online: Loch Shop Online.
1. Georgia History exam: Primary Study Resource: New Georgia Encyclopedia, http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/. Suggested Study Resource: Cobb, James C., Georgia Odyssey: A Short History of the State. 2nd ed. Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press, 2008.
Each of these fifty study terms relates directly to one of the fifty multiple choice questions which appears on the exam. Detailed information about the effect of each term on Georgia history may be found in the New Georgia Encyclopedia, which is searchable. The book Georgia Odyssey provides a brief narrative history of the state. While the exam questions are not drawn directly from the book, it provides chronological context for the history of Georgia. Use the following study guide:
2. Georgia Government/Constitution exam: Prepare from the cached copy of http://www.clayton.edu/portals/290/Content/Fleischmann%206th%20Edition.pdf.
NEW! Additional study materials are in these word documents and the Constitution of the State of Georgia: http://www.senate.ga.gov/Documents/gaconstitution.pdf
The Georgia Governor
The Georgia Legislature
3. United States Constitution exam: Excerpts from Government in America by Lineberry, Edwards, & Wattenberg or from any American government or political science textbook. Topics of study should include: the founding fathers and the Constitutional Convention, Federalism, political parties, interest groups, Congress, the Presidency, courts, civil liberties, and civil rights.
4. United States History exam: The Unfinished Nation by Alan Brinkley (on reserve) and the following study guide:
For Fall 2018
Register at Least a Week In Advance to Ensure Seating
By Calling the Testing Center (678) 466-4495
A score of 60% or higher is a passing score, which is 30/50 for history exams and 36/60 for constitution exams.
Exams start at 5:00 p.m. &/or 5:30 p.m., and there is no cost for them. Each test lasts a maximum of one hour. Students may take 1 or 2 different tests on each exam date. Exams may be repeated at other scheduled times until passed.
For Fall 2018
Only one Legislative Exam may be taken independently after the last session listed above. Independent legislative exams will not be given any time except for at the end of the semester on December 3-7.
You must bring a photo ID.