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U.S. Constitution Exam for Credential Students

The Department of Political Science at CSUDH offers an examination on the U.S. Constitution for California teaching credential candidates.  The examination is an alternative method of meeting the U.S. Constitution credential requirement for candidates who have not taken an appropriate course at either the undergraduate or post-baccalaureate level.


Current Exam Schedule:


Please email Dr. Annie Whetmore (awilson@csudh.edu) or
Dr. Salvatore Russo (srusso@csudh.edu)for further information.


Examination Content and Format.  The examination consists of 50 multiple-choice questions based on principles of the U.S. Constitution, political institutions created by the U.S. Constitution, and the protections of individual civil rights and civil liberties provided by the Constitution and Amendments (including interpretation of these protections by the U.S. Supreme Court in prominent cases).

Examination Cost.  The examination fee is $25 paid by check or money order written to CSUDH Foundation and brought to the test site at the time of the examination.

Examination Schedule.  The examination will be offered midweek at 4:00 PM every four weeks during the fall and spring academic terms, but the schedule during summer, holiday and vacation periods may be different.  No reservation is necessary.

Examination Site.   Computer answer sheets will be provided but examinees are expected to bring #2 pencils to the examination.  Photo identification is also required.

Examination Preparation.  Prospective examinees should review an introductory American Government and Politics textbook (high school or college level) published in the last five years.  Chapters related to:  the Constitution, Federalism, Congress, President, Courts and Civil Rights/Liberties should be the focus of the examinee’s review.  The “Twenty-five Lessons in Citizenship” monograph IS NOT an appropriate text for this exam.  For students enrolled at CSUDH multiple copies of appropriate texts are on reserve in the CSUDH Library at the Reserved Book Desk.  These texts are cataloged under the name of Dr. Richard Palmer and the U.S. Constitution Exam for Credential Candidates.  Examinees may find copies of appropriate texts in most public libraries and bookstores.

Notification of Exam Results.  Examinees will be sent written notification of test results within three days of the examination date.  For those passing the exam the written certification may then be presented to the College of Education.  For those who do not pass, the exam may only be repeated once.

For more information, please contact Dr. Annie Whetmore (awilson@csudh.edu) or Dr. Salvatore Russo (srusso@csudh.edu).