The American Government examination covers material that is usually taught in a college level, one-semester introductory course. Knowledge gained in an American Government course covers the origins, development, structure, roles and functions of American government. The framework and content of the constitution is studied along with federalism; the three branches of government which include bureaucracy; civil rights and liberties; political participation and behavior; and policy formation. Successful students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the participatory process of the American political system. The relationship between state and local governments to the federal government is also covered.
The CLEP exam contains approximately 100 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. The College Board provides the parameters for the exam which are listed below.
The subject matter of the American Government CLEP exam is drawn from the following topics.
A federal court is one established under the Constitution of the United States. Civil liberty and rights refer to the state of being subject only to laws established for the good of the community, especially with regard to freedom of action and speech.
Includes factors that predispose citizens to differ from one another in terms of their political perceptions, values, attitudes and activities.
The form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
Each college sets their own credit-granting policies for the exam, so check with your college admissions office, test center, or academic adviser before taking the test.