Florida Civic Literacy Exam (FCLE) and Graduation Requirements

Beginning Oct. 20, 2021, the State Board of Education revised Florida’s civic literacy competency requirements for students. Students entering SFSC under the 2021-2022 academic year in AA or bachelor’s degree programs, must pass either AMH 1020 or POS 1041 and the Florida Civic Literacy Exam (FCLE). The information below includes information regarding the new Florida requirements and resources to help you prepare for the FCLE. 

Starting in fall 2022, students entering SFSC under the 2022-2023 academic year in AA, BS, and AS programs must pass AMH 1020 or POS 1041 and the FLCE Exam prior to graduating.

The test may be taken at SFSC’s Highlands, DeSoto, Hardee, or Lake Placid campus locations.

Civic Literacy Student Requirements

Catalog Year Student Type Degree Type Requirement
2018-19 through 2020-21 First time in college (FTIC) students

Associate in Arts (AA), Bachelor’s

Pass a course (AMH 1020 or POS 1041) OR pass an assessment

The AP and CLEP can be used to meet the assessment requirement.

2021-22 and after Students entering during the 2021-22 academic year Associate in Arts (AA), Bachelor’s

Pass a course (AMH 1020 or POS 1041) OR pass an assessment

  1. The AP and CLEP can be used to meet the assessment requirement
  2. The AICE and IB can only be used to meet the course requirement.
  3. The FCLE can only be used to meet the assessment requirement. 
2022-23 and after Students entering during the 2021-22 academic year Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS)

Pass a course (AMH 1020 or POS 1041) OR pass an assessment

  1. The AP and CLEP can be used to meet the assessment requirement
  2. The AICE and IB can only be used to meet the course requirement.
  3. The FCLE can only be used to meet the assessment requirement.

*Per section 1007.25 of the Florida Statute, per Rule 6A-10.02413, Florida Administrative Code

Rule 6A-10.02413 of the State Board of Education defines civic literacy competency as follows: 

Must complete or have received credit for POS2041 or AMH2020 course with a passing grade of C or higherFemale student holding a pencil and taking a test.

AND

Must pass the FCLE test at college (60%) or passed FCLT in high school

OR

Must pass one of the following exams which give credit for the course and exam:

  • AP Government and Politics: United States (3)
  • AP United States History (4)
  • CLEP: American Government (POS2041) (50)

Testing Requirements

To test for the first time, students must be enrolled in either AMH 2020 or POS 2041 or previously received a grade of C or higher.

Cost None
Time Untimed, but plan for 2 to 2.5 hours
Questions 80
Grade Needed 60%; 48 correct out of 80
Retest Option 30-day waiting period with possible exceptions made on a case-by-case basis

FCLE On-Campus Testing

Appointments are required for testing.

We are only providing on-campus FCLE testing at this time.

We are currently prioritizing students who have applied for spring 2022 and summer 2022 graduation and those with 45+ credit hours that have taken and successfully completed (with a D or higher) POS 2041 or AMH2020.

Schedule-Your-Test-Button(For Highlands Campus testers only)

 

Or Contact the Testing Center Near You

Campus

Phone

Email

Highlands

863-784-7214

Testing@southflorida.edu

Lake Placid

863-465-3003

Testing.LakePlacid@southflorida.edu

DeSoto

863-993-1757

Testing.DeSoto@southflorida.edu

Hardee

863-773-3081

Testing.Hardee@southflorida.edu

Preparing for on-campus testing

Bring your ID on test day. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A current driver’s license
  • A current South Florida State College student ID
  • A current state or federal ID card (such as a Green Card)
  • A current passport

Personal items will not be permitted in the Testing Center. A locker will be provided for all personal items.

Arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment.

Testing candidates are the only people allowed in the Testing Center. Relatives/friends must wait outside of the Testing Center. Children are not to be left unattended in the Testing Center lobby or anywhere outside during the duration of testing.

Accommodations

To request ADA testing accommodations, please contact Charla Ellerker at 863-784-7176 or Charla.Ellerker@southflorida.edu well in advance of your anticipated testing date and request a virtual or phone appointment.

The Four Competency Areas

1 American Democracy Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government
2 U.S. Constitution An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application
3 Founding Documents Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-government
4 Landmark Impact on Law & Society An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation, and landmark executive actions and their impact on law and society

 

Civic Literacy Resources

Coming Early 2022: The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) developed an FCLE Study Guide containing a sample test equivalent to the length of the FCLE. Test items will be aligned to the competencies and written at a similar level of complexity and difficulty to the FCLE.

Currently, there is no official study guide for this exam. Below are resources that may help with civic literacy information:

Additional resources are available via the FLDOE Civic Literacy webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I contact if I want to take the Florida Civic Literacy Exam (FCLE)?

You can contact the Testing Center or register at RegisterBlast.

Why did the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) decide that I needed to meet this Civic Literacy requirement to graduate?

Florida is committed to preparing students to become civically engaged and knowledgeable adults who make positive contributions to their communities. Florida students will graduate with sufficient knowledge of America’s civics, particularly the principles reflected in the United States Constitution, to be capable of discharging their responsibilities as American citizens.

How can I take the American Government CLEP Exam to get class credit as well as FCLE test credit for Civic Literacy?

You can find more information about the CLEP Exam on the CollegeBoard.org website or SFSC’s CLEP page. A CLEP ticket does not guarantee a testing time, an appointment will still be necessary through RegisterBlast.

How long does it take for my test results to appear?

At the completion of the exam, you will be notified on the screen if you passed.