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Florida Civic Literacy Exam

FCLE (FLORIDA CIVIC LITERACY EXAM)

Who is required to take the FCLE?

In 2017, the Florida Legislature amended section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, and introduced a new Civic Literacy Competency requirement for all students graduating from a public Florida institution, the State University System (SUS) or Florida College System (FCS). Beginning  in Fall 2018, students entering  a Florida public institution for the first time would need to demonstrate civic literacy through either taking a certain course or passing an exam. The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three groups of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements.  Below in Table 1, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Requirements Outlined by Group

  Student Group Civic Literacy Requirement
Group 1 Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to Fall 2018 None
Group 2 Students first entering the SUS or FCS in Fall 2018 - Summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Group 3 Students first entering the SUS or FCS in Summer B 2021 and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

**Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement  and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement.  These two changes are in effect for Group 3.

Study Resources Available

The Florida Civic Literacy Test includes topics from the materials provided below:

U.S. Citizenship Test:

 

Canvas Study Course:

 

Supreme Court Cases:

Scheduling the Exam

Students can schedule their testing appointment 72 hours in advance through Register Blast. If students have trouble registering for an appointment, please contact Jan Volpi at (850) 873-3594.

 

If you are a current GCSC Distance-Learning Student who does not reside in the state of Florida but needs to take the Florida Civic Literacy exam remotely, please email Jan Volpi requesting a remote proctored appointment.

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