The Florida Legislature require students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2018-19 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy. In order to graduate, students must complete this requirement.

Categories of students who must complete the requirement: 

  1. First Time in College (FTIC) students without an earned A.A. degree from a State of Florida University System or Florida College System institution entering fall 2018 or after.
  2. Students who transfer to New College from an out-of-state college or university or private college or university in Florida fall 2018 or after.
  3. Students who entered a State of Florida University System or Florida College System institution fall 2018 or after and transferred to New College, and did not meet the requirement at the previous institution.

Students may fulfill the Civic Literacy Requirement in the following ways: 

  1. Pass POS X041: Government of the United States with a grade of “C” or higher.
  2. Pass AMH X020: U.S. History since 1877 with a grade of “C” or higher.
  3. Achieving the minimum required score on one of the following:
    1. U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test – 60
    2. Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States exam – 3
    3. Advanced Placement United States History exam – 4
    4. CLEP American Government exam – 50

Important Note: The State of Florida Board of Governors has determined that successful completion of POS X041 or AMH X020 taken prior to fall 2018 had different learning objectives and do not meet the competencies for the Civic Literacy requirement.

The Florida Civic Literacy Test has 100 multiple choice questions. Students who score 60 or higher meet the civic literacy requirement. The questions cover these topics:

  • understanding the basic principles of American democracy
  • understanding the U.S. Constitution
  • knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the institutions of self-governance
  • understanding landmark Supreme Court cases

Students who need to complete this requirement will be emailed an invitation to join the Canvas course Civic Literacy Assessment. The third week of every month, students will be notified that the Civic Literacy exam is available and that they have a week’s window to complete the exam.  Once the exam is completed with a score of 60% or higher, the Civic Literacy exam requirement is satisfied.

To prepare for the test, students should study the following resources:

Supreme Court Cases:

U.S. Citizenship Test: