The Florida Civic Literacy Examination (FCLE) Assessment
Florida Civic Literacy Exam (FCLE)
The FCLE assesses students' civic literacy competency. Any Associate of Arts (AA) or baccalaureate degree seeking student in catalog 2021-22 or beyond must have credit for POS2041 or AMH2020 and must pass the FCLE prior to graduating.
Testing for Spring 2022 will begin on January 31, 2022. The test can be taken in our Daytona Beach, Deland, Deltona, Flagler-Palm Coast, and New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater offices.
Civic Literacy Defined
- Must complete or has received credit for POS2041 or AMH2020 course with passing grade of C or higher
- Must pass FCLE test at college (60%) or passed FCLE in high school
Must pass one of the following exams which gives credit for course and exam:
- AP Government and Politics: United States (3)
- AP United States History (4)
- CLEP: American Government (POS2041) (50)
To test for the first time, students must be enrolled in either AMH 2020 or POS 2041or previously received a grade of C or higher.
- No cost
- Untimed but please plan on 2 to 2.5 hours
- 80 questions
- Passing is 60%, 48 out of 80 questions
- Retesting requires a 30-day waiting period. Exceptions can be made by the Assessment Director.
The Four Competency Areas
American Democracy. Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government.
U.S. Constitution. An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application.
Founding Documents. Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-government.
Landmark Impact on Law & Society. An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation and landmark executive actions and their impact on law and society.
Civic Literacy Resources
Coming Early 2022: A FLDOE developed FCLE Study Guide containing a sample test equivalent to the length of the FCLE. Test items will be aligned to the competencies and written at a similar level of complexity and difficulty to the FCLE.
Currently there is no official study guide for this exam. Below are resources that may help with civic literacy information.
- CLEP - American Government (online format – can be used to meet the course and test requirement)
- Kahoot Practice Test for Florida Civic Literacy (online format)
- Quizlet Civic Literacy Review (online format)
- Civics Practice Test (online format)
- Civics Questions and Answers (paper format)
- Civics (History and Government) Questions for the Naturalization Test (paper format)
- Citizenship Test Questions and Practice Quiz (online format)
- Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test
- America's Founding Documents
- Landmark Supreme Court Cases
- U.S. Constitution and its amendments
Additional resources are available via the FLDOE Civic Literacy webpage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should I contact if I want to take the Florida Civics Literacy Exam (FCLE)?
You can take the FCL Exam as a walk-in at our Daytona, Deland, Deltona, New Smyrna Beach/Edgewater, or Flagler/Palm Coast Assessment Services Testing locations starting January 31st. Please contact Assessment Services at Assessment@DaytonaState.edu if you have any questions related to the test or if you need to take the exam remotely.
Why did the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) decide that I needed to meet this Civics Literacy requirement to graduate?
Florida is committed to preparing students to become civically engaged and knowledgeable adults who make positive contributions to their communities. Florida students will graduate with sufficient knowledge of America's civics, particularly the principles reflected in the United States Constitution, to be capable of discharging their responsibilities as American citizens.
I am a bachelor’s degree seeking student starting in Fall 2021 or therefore after. Do I have to meet the Civics Requirements if I have already earned my Associate of Arts (AA) degree?
Yes! The civics literacy requirement is a graduation requirement for any student in the AA or bachelor program under the Fall 2021 catalog year or therefor after.
How can I take the American Government CLEP Exam to get class credit as well as FCL test credit for Civics Literacy?
You can find more information about the CLEP Exam on the Assessment Services Earn College Credit Webpage.
What is Modern States and how can it help me satisfy the Civics Literacy Requirement?
Modern States is a 100% free self-paced online course that prepares you for the American Government CLEP Exam. The self-paced online course is 4 weeks, 6 hours per week, and once completed you can apply for a CLEP voucher to take the CLEP Exam. You can find more information here!
I am currently a dual enrollment student. Do I need to take the Florida Civics Literacy Exam at my high school or at the college?
If you are a dual enrollment student taking college classes toward an AA or bachelor's degree or you are taking AMH2020 or POS2041, and you were admitted in Fall 2021 or after, you will need to take the FCL Exam at Daytona State College.
If you are a dual enrollment student who will NOT be taking the AMH2020 or POS2041 courses before graduating high school, you should speak to your high school guidance counselor, as you may have to take the test at your high school.
How long does it take for my test results to appear?
You will know if you have passed the exam within 15 to 30 minutes of completing the exam. Test results will appear within your Falcon Self-Service portal within 24 hours if the exam was taken at a DSC testing location.