Civic Literacy Exam Now Required at FAMU – The Famuan

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Being knowledgeable in civic literacy is equally important to meeting the graduation requirement. Photo courtesy of www.slj.com

Have you ever taken the civic literacy exam? The recently introduced Florida Senate Bill 188 would require all students enrolled in the Florida state university system to achieve a certain standard during a civics literacy internship.

On the Florida A&M campus, this criterion is already in place and is a graduation requirement for all students.

The semester in which a student enrolled will determine the type of civic literacy objective the student must meet.

Ivey Williams, coordinator at the Office of University Retention, knows this requirement well.

“Before 2018, students are exempted from taking the civic literacy exam. Students who enrolled in the Fall 2018 semester could meet the requirement by taking an AP or CLEP course instead of the exam or by taking the exam itself. Students who enrolled from the summer semester 2021 and beyond must take both courses and pass the exam,” Williams said.

The Civic Literacy Exam is a 90-minute timed test that assesses students’ knowledge of government, notable Supreme Court cases, and their overall understanding of the structure of the American Democratic Republic. The test is available through the LockDown browser or a proctored exam in the Computer Lab in the University Commons building. According to library.famu.edu, there are a large amount of study resources offered in preparation for the test, including: practice questions, study guides, flashcards, and practice quizzes.

Data gathered from the Test Service Bureau suggests that a helpful tool available on Canvas could be the reason for students’ success in taking the exam.

“We recommend that students complete the tutorial on Canvas before taking the exam, as they usually pass the exam on the first try,” Williams said.

As for SB 188, it has not yet been added to a committee’s agenda. The bill has a long way to go if it were to become law. First, it must be successfully voted on and passed in the Florida Senate. Meanwhile, a companion bill must be introduced in the Florida House of Representatives, and the two houses must unify a bill together, where they agree on a common language. Finally, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has the option to sign the bill, pass it without a signature, or veto it. The Florida Senate already has a targeted effective date of July 1, 2022, should it become law. Other updates on the status of the bill can be found at flsenate.gov.

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