U.S. Constitution Exam (Credential)

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. Examinees do not need to be CSU students in order to take this exam.

Current Exam Schedule:

The next Constitution exams will be on the following dates/times:

Fall 2019:
Wednesday, August 21 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00pm

Spring 2020:
Wednesday, January 15 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00pm

Fall 2020:
Wednesday, August 19 from 7:00pm-8:15pm
Wednesday, September 16 from 7:00pm-8:15pm
Wednesday, October 14 from 7:00pm-8:15pm
Wednesday, November 18 from 7:00pm-8:15pm
Wednesday, December 9 from 7:00pm-8:15pm

​The location of the exam on these dates will be SBS G 326. This is on the third floor of the Social and Behavioral Sciences building.

To register for the exam, please send an email to Sonja Ulrich at sulrich@csudh.edu. The email should state your name and which date you wish to take the exam. You will need to pay for the exam at the Cashier's Office before the exam. Students may only register for an exam within the next two months. If you would like a later exam date, please wait until you are within the two-month window.

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 and paid at the CSUDH Cashier's Office prior to taking the exam. The Cashier's Office is located in Welch Hall 270, 2nd floor and is open from 8:00am until 5:00pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am until 2:00pm on Friday. A map of the campus is available here: https://www.csudh.edu/campus-map-directions/campus-map/.

Please bring your payment receipt to the exam location.

Parking at CSUDH costs $8.00. Parking permit dispensing machines are located throughout the campus.

Examination Schedule.  The examination will be offered once per month during the fall and spring academic terms, August through May. The exam is usually offered late in the month, and usually at 5:30pm, although times and dates may vary.  The exam is not offered during June or July.

Examination Requirements.   Scantrons will be provided but photo identification (such as a valid California identification card or other out of state identification, passport, or a current student identification card is required. In addition, you must present your exam fee registration receipt. It is recommended that examinees make a copy of the receipt for their own records because the proctor is instructed to collect the original receipts. 

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. 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 at CSUDH.

For more information, please contact Sonja Ulrich at sulrich@csudh.edu.