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U.S. Constitution Challenge Examination

U.S. Constitution Challenge Examination

Program Overview

Administered by the College of Extended and Global Education at CSUSB

This challenge examination option is intended for California teaching credential candidates and others who must fulfill the U.S. Constitution requirement for Baccalaureate candidates.

Important Note: By definition, this is a challenge examination to a full college-level course. As such, it is a very difficult examination and the assumption is that those taking the exam need only a review to help them prepare for the challenge examination. It’s assumed that those challenging this examination have read the Constitution and have studied other pertinent documents and texts

Testing Options:

In person option is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 and Governor Newsom's executive order regarding all non-essential public gatherings. More information available https://www.csusb.edu/covid-19 

This preparation course is offered online in Blackboard with various modules to study and review in preparation for the challenge examination.  It includes a presentation of the basic principles and provisions of the U.S. Constitution and its amendments, but is not a complete preparation for the exam. Upon completion of the prep module, an opportunity to take the U.S. Constitution challenge exam is administered online in Blackboard while being proctored. Additional information will be provided upon registration on how to schedule the time and date of  your exam. Please note this option is open enrollment.

The exam contains 50 multiple-choice questions; students must answer at least 35 questions correctly to earn a passing score. Each attempt is taken with a different version of the exam. Students who are not successful in their attempt(s) at taking the exam will receive notice of how many questions they missed, but are not told which questions nor the correct answers. This is a testing experience not a learning experience.

Students must present a photo I.D. before taking the exam. No notes can be used during the exam. Each of the three attempts (if needed) must be completed within a year from the registration date. (Students who fail the exam three times must take an appropriate University course to complete this requirement.)

Certificates are issued by the College of Extended and Global Education to those who pass, and a notation is made on their permanent University record. A College of Extended and Global Education Certificate of Completion or notice of failure will be sent by mail, usually within 10-14 business days of taking the exam.

Note that this is a testing experience, not an educational experience. Students who take this exam will not be given the correct answers to questions missed. This course does not guarantee passing of the exam.

Schedule

Course No.: EECR 1018

Unit(s): CR/NC (Exam only)

Fee: *$150 (includes 1 testing attempt)

*Fees are subject to change.

U.S. Constitution Challenge Exam Options

Semester Cost Course Dates Format Registration Available
Fall 2021 $150 Open Enrollment Self Study Online Prep Module & 1 Exam Attempt Registration Now Open
Fall 2021 $85 Open Enrollment Exam Only (1 attempt) Registration Now Open
Spring 2022 $150 Open Enrollment Self Study Online Prep Module & 1 Exam Attempt Registration Opens December 2021
Spring 2022 $85 Open Enrollment Exam Only (1 attempt) Registration Opens December 2021
Summer 2022 $150 Open Enrollment Self Study Online Prep Module & 1 Exam Attempt Registration Opens May 2022
Summer 2022 $85 Open Enrollment Exam Only (1 attempt) Registration Opens May 2022

Please note your registration includes only one exam attempt in which you will have until the end of the registered term to complete the online prep module and challenge exam you are enrolled in. If you do not take the online exam on or before the specified date you may be subject to a $25 Administrative Fee if a transfer to the next term is approved.  Additional details will be provided in your enrollment confirmation email. 

Suggested books in the CSUSB Pfau Library to review for the U.S. Constitution exam:

We the People by Thomas Patterson

American Government (eighth edition) by James Q. Wilson and John J. Dilulio, Jr. (Chapters 2 and 11)

The Founding of the Democratic Republic by Martin Diamond. (Chapters 2, 3, 4)

Fees*:

*Fees are subject to change.  Fees are non-refundable once online access has been provided.

  • $150 – U.S. Constitution online preparation module and examination; includes online module review, examination administration and scoring of one exam attempt.
    • U.S. Constitution In-person preparation course & Exam; (currently unavailable through Summer 2021)
  • $85 – U.S. Constitution Challenge Exam Only, Online Option; no online module or classroom preparation; includes administration and scoring of one exam attempt,

All of the challenge exam options allow students a (maximum) of three attempts to pass the U.S Constitution Challenge exam. Each exam attempt (up to three attempts) requires separate registration and payment of $85 fee.  (in person option currently unavailable through the end of Summer 2021)

  • $25 – Administrative fee will be charged for any expedited processing requests received by email. (Regular processing time takes 10-14 business days).
  • $25 – Administrative fee will be charged for all U.S. Constitution duplicate Grade Mailer/Certificate of Completion copies.  

 

Accommodations

Note that this is a testing experience, not an educational experience. However, If you think you may need support services and/or accommodations, you can visit our Students with Disabilities office website at www.csusb.edu/ssd or call 909-537-5238. You will be responsible in submitting a request. If approved, SSD will share the information to pertinent staff in regards to how additional support maybe provided. We highly recommend submitting this request prior to starting your course to ensure services are in place from the beginning. Please note this is not a guarantee of accommodations, but a request for support services. All services may not be applicable to the course/program of enrollment.

Brian Janiskee

Dr. Brian P. Janiskee

Brian P. Janiskee received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at California State University, San Bernardino, where he is also a faculty member in the National Security Studies program. He has published several articles and books on such topics as special districts, crime policy, presidential elections, American colonial local government, and national security.