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 (202210, 202220, 202230) academic year in AA or bachelor’s degree programs, can demonstrating competency for Civic Literacy by either taking AMH 1020 or POS 1041 and passing 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 (202310, 202320, 202330) academic year in AA, BS, and AS programs, can demonstrate competency for Civic Literacy by either taking AMH 1020 or POS 1041 and passing 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|
Fall 2018 through Summer 2021
(Terms fall 201910 – summer 202130)
First time in college (FTIC) students during the 2018-2019 academic year, 2019-2020 academic year, and 2020-2021 academic year
Associate in Arts (AA), Bachelor’s
Pass a course (AMH 1020 or POS 1041) OR pass an assessment
The AP or CLEP can be used to meet the assessment and course requirement
Fall 2021 through Summer 2022
(Terms fall 202210 – summer 202230)
|Students entering during the 2021-22 academic year||Associate in Arts (AA), Bachelor’s||
Pass a course (AMH 1020 or POS 1041) and pass an assessment
Fall 2022 to current
(Terms fall 202310 – current term)
|Students entering during the 2022-23 academic year||Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Bachelor’s||
Pass a course (AMH 1020 or POS 1041) and pass an assessment
*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 pass the FCLE test at college (60%) or pass FCLE in high school (FCLE is not a requirement
to graduate high school)
Must pass one of the following exams which give credit for the course and exam:
- AP Government and Politics: United States (3)
- AP History: United States (4)
- CLEP: American Government (POS 1041) (50)
To test for the first time, students can take the exam prior, during or after taking either AMH 1020 or POS 1041 or previously received a grade of D or higher
|Time||Un-timed, but plan for 2 to 2.5 hours|
|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 2023 and summer 2023 graduation and those with 45+ credit hours that have taken and successfully completed (with a D or higher) POS 1041 or AMH 1020.
Or Contact the Testing Center Near You
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.
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
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:
- FLDOE Civic Literacy Page
- Miami-Dade College Civic Literacy Page
- CLEP – American Government (online format – can be used to meet the course and test requirement)
- Sample items in the Online Practice Test Site (online format)
- Civics Flash Cards for Naturalization Test (online format)
- Civics Practice Test (online format)
- Civics Questions and Answers (paper format)
- Citizenship Resource Center: Study for the Test (online format)
- Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test
- America’s Founding Documents
- Landmark Supreme Court Cases
- U.S. Constitution and its amendments
- Faculty and Student Support Guide
- FLDOE Civic Literacy Page
Additional resources are available via the FLDOE Civic Literacy webpage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Civic Literacy a Graduation Requirement?
Yes. A student seeking an A.A., A.S. or bachelor’s degree will have to demonstrate competency prior to being awarded a degree.
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.
What are the Civic Literacy requirements?
Beginning in 2022-23, both an assessment and a course are required to meet the civic literacy competency requirements for A.A., A.S. and baccalaureate students. There are a few options to meet the course and assessment options:
- Course Requirements — Students must successfully pass one of the following:
AMH 1020: United States History from 1877 to Present
POS 1041: American National Government
- Civic Literacy assessment options and standard scores:
- Florida Civic Literacy Examination (FCLE) – Score of 48 (or higher) out of 80 (at least 60%)
- CLEP American Government – Score of 50 (or higher) out of 80 (Both course and assessment can be met by this)
- AP American Government – Score of 3 (or higher) out of 5 (Both course and assessment can be met by this)
- AP United States History – Score of 4 (or higher) out of 5
Who is exempt from meeting the Florida Civic Literacy Competency requirement?
Students with catalog years 2018-2019 through 2020-21 are exempt from the Florida Civic Literacy Competency requirement if they:
- Earned college credit prior to fall 2018
How will students take the Florida Civic Literacy exam?
What is the retake policy for students?
Students will be able to retake the exam in 30 days, exceptions may be granted upon consideration. This policy is under review and may change.
What are the required Civic Literacy competencies?
Students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2018-19 and thereafter must demonstrate competency in civic literacy. As outlined by statute, civic literacy competencies, and outcomes include:
- Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government
- An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application
- Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-government
- An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation, and landmark executive actions, and their impact on law and society
How can I prepare for the Florida Civic Literacy Examination (FCLE)?
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Naturalization Test serves as the foundation for the Florida Civic Literacy Examination. The Civic Literacy Exam will draw 80 questions out of a test bank of 100 questions. A score of 48 (or higher) out of 80 questions (at least 60%) is a passing score. The following resources will help you prepare for the exam:
FCLE Sample Items
PDF containing a 40-question sample test developed by the Florida Department of Education
Supplemental Guide for the FCLE
PDF developed by the Florida Department of Education which outlines the Florida Civic Literacy Examination competencies and content
- Learn About the United States
PDF containing 100 basic questions and answers pertaining to American Government
- Civics Flash Cards
Flash cards for the naturalization test
- Preparing for the Naturalization Test: A Pocket Study Guide
Pocket study guide for the naturalization test
- Civics Practice Test
This interactive practice test includes questions pertaining to US history and government
- Civics Questions and Answers
128 questions and answers, civics flash cards, and a pocket study guide, as well as English language study materials
For USCIS exam multimedia resources, see:
- USCIS Civics Practice Test – YouTube Playlist
100 short videos, each one asks only one question. You can watch the videos in order or shuffle the playlist to play the videos in random order
- USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools (Apple)
Mobile Applications for Apple phones
- USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools (Google Play)
Mobile Applications for Android phones
How does the Florida Civic Literacy Competency requirement apply to previously dual enrolled, transfer, out-of-state, and returning students?
The new civic literacy requirement applies to students who are entering into A.A., A.S. and baccalaureate programs under the 2022-2023 catalog year, regardless of prior postsecondary coursework. This includes formerly dual enrolled, transfer, out-of-state students, and returning students entering with prior postsecondary coursework. Students who have previously achieved a passing score on an approved assessment or passed an approved course will have met the assessment requirement or coursework requirement, respectively, and will not need to retake assessments or courses.
How does the Florida Civic Literacy Competency requirement apply to baccalaureate students who are entering with an A.A. or A.S./A.A.S. degree?
Baccalaureate students under the 2022-2023 catalog year are required to meet the civic literacy course and assessment requirement. If the student previously demonstrated civic literacy competency through a course or an assessment during their associate degree program, those passed courses or passing scores could also be used toward demonstration of civic literacy competency for baccalaureate completion. The student would then just need to fulfill the other requirement via an assessment or course.
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.