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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

All of the options students three attempts (maximum) to pass the U.S Constitution exam. 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.


Online Prep Module & Exam

This preparation course is Now offered online in Blackboard with various modules to study and review for 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. An opportunity to take the U.S. Constitution exam is administered online in Blackboard while being proctorted. 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.

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 

Course Dates
Registration Available
Spring 2021 $150 Open Enrollment

Self Study Online Prep Module & 1 Exam Attempt

Now Available 
Spring 2021 $85 Open Enrollment Exam Only (1 attempt) Now Available
Summer 2021 $150 Open Enrollment Self Study Online Prep Module & 1 Exam Attempt Registration Opens May 2021
Summer 2021 $85 Open Enrollment Exam Only (1 attempt) Registration Opens May 2021

 Please note your registration includes only one exam attempt in which you will have until the end of the registered term to complete the components you are enrolled in. 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 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 Exam Only, Online Option; no online module or classroom preparation; includes administration and scoring of each exam attempt, up to three attempts (Additional $85- U.S. Constitution examination administration and scoring fee for each of the second and third exam attempts.) (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.   

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.