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Institutions and Policy Processes: Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Congress
Federal Courts, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Political Beliefs and Behavior
Constitutional Underpinnings of American Democracy

American Government CLEP Exam
The official exam contains approximately 100 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. Any time test takers spend on tutorials and providing personal information is in addition to the actual testing time.
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Knowledge and Skills Required:
Questions on the American Government exam require test takers to demonstrate one or more of the following abilities in the approximate proportions indicated.
  • Knowledge of American government and politics (about 55%???60% of the exam)
  • Understanding of typical patterns of political processes and behavior (including the components of the behavioral situation of a political actor), the principles used to explain or justify various governmental structures and procedures (about 30%???35% of the exam)
  • Analysis and interpretation of simple data that are relevant to American government and politics (10%???15% of the exam)

Score Information:
ACE Recommended Score*: 50
Semester Hours: 3

Each institution reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy, which may differ from that of ACE. Contact your college as soon as possible to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score.

*The American Council on Education (ACE)