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FCLE (Florida Civic Literacy Exam)

Who is Required to Take the FCLE?

In 2017, the Florida Legislature amended section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, and introduced a new Civic Literacy Competency requirement for all students graduating from a public Florida institution, the State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS). Beginning  in Fall 2018, students entering  a Florida public institution for the first time would need to demonstrate civic literacy through either taking a certain course or passing an exam. The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three groups of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements.  Below in Table 1, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Requirements Outlined by Group

Degree Type Student Group
BAS and BSN Students entering a Florida College System institution in Fall 2021 and thereafter.
AA Students entering a Florida College System institution in Fall 2021 and thereafter.
AS Students entering a Florida College System institution in Fall 2021 and thereafter.

Civic Literacy Requirement

Students must pass either AMH2020 or POS2041 and pass the Florida Civics Literacy Examination (FCLE). Students may also demonstrate competency through completion of AP Government and Politics: United States, AP United States History, or CLEP: American Government examination. AICE: U.S. History (1840 – 1990) meets the civics literacy course requirement only. Students receiving course credit for this exam will be required to pass the FCLE. High school students who take the U.S. Government course and pass the FCLE will have met the postsecondary civic literacy assessment requirement. 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 be required to re-take the assessments or courses.

Study Resources Available

The Florida Civic Literacy Test Includes Topics From the Materials Provided Below:

U.S. Citizenship Test:

CANVAS Study Course:

Supreme Court Cases:

Scheduling the Exam

Students can schedule their testing appointment 72 hours in advance through Register Blast. If students have trouble registering for an appointment, please contact the Testing at 850-769-1551 ext 5807.

If you are a current GCSC Online student who does not reside in the state of Florida but needs to take the Florida Civic Literacy exam remotely, please email to request a remote proctored appointment.

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