UCLA Extension

U.S. Constitution Exam

 

The U.S. Constitution Exam is a 50 multiple-choice test based on the United States Constitution and Government. The questions require that you comprehend specific knowledge of the US Constitution. The exam will cover the Cause of the Constitutional Convention, Issues of the Constitutional Convention, and Ratification of the Constitution. The exam is classroom based; no online exam is offered. 

Preparing for the Exam

Below you will find the list with key focus items for study, as well as key themes to successfully prepare for the exam.

Focus Items

  • Shay’s Rebellion
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Delegates to the Constitution (Key Characteristics)
  • Checks and Balances
  • Federalism
  • Constitutional Compromises
  • Congressional Powers
  • Unicameral v. Bicameral
  • Congressional Terms of Office
  • Elastic Clause
  • Amendment Process
  • Electoral College
  • Executive and War Powers
  • Impeachment
  • Judicial Review
  • Judicial Terms of Office
  • Slavery
  • 3/5 Compromise
  • Federalists v. Anti-Federalists
  • Bill of Rights
  • First 10 Amendments-Break down of issues
  • Federalist Papers
  • Factions
  • Federalist #10
  • Federalists v. Democratic-Republicans
  • Interpretations of Constitution: Economic v. Ideas

Themes

  • Federalism
  • Checks and Balances
  • Separation of Powers
  • Constitutional Compromises-Representation, Electing a President, Slavery
  • Bill of Rights-Sharing Power between Federal and State
  • Interpreting the Role of the Constitution

Review Questions

  1. Why did the Founding Fathers decide to create a constitutional form of government?
  2. How did the Constitution differ with the previous Articles of Confederation?
  3. What were the main principles of the Constitution?
  4. What are the roles for the legislature, executive and judiciary branches of government?
  5. What is the impeachment process and how does it work?
  6. What is Judicial Review and how does it operate in the Judiciary?
  7. How does the State and Federal levels of government interact with each other?
  8. Which groups favored and opposed the Constitution in the 1780s and why?
  9. What was the purpose of the Bill of Rights?
  10. What are current criticisms of the Constitution today?

Recommended Reading

Purchase the book listed below as either a hardcover or e-book. Make sure to focus on Chapter 2, The Constitution, for reading and review for the test.

Hardcover

Wilson, J. Q., & Dilulio, J. J. (2008). American Government: Institutions and Policies, Eleventh Edition (11th ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company.

E-Book

Wilson, J. Q., & Dilulio, J. J. (2008). American Government: Institutions and Policies (11th ed.). Retrieved from http://college.cengage.com/polisci/wilson/am_gov/11e/chapters/chapter2.html

Additional Exam Information

There is no transcript for this exam. Pass/Fail results are provided right after the exam. If you do not pass the exam the first time, you may take the test again within six months from the test date with no additional charge. However, if the test is failed the second time the UCLA Extension Education Department recommends taking a course to satisfy this requirement and no further retakes will be permitted.

Examination Offerings

The exam is offered certain Monday’s of every month promptly at 2:30 pm (excluding major holidays). Test schedule is subject to change.

Candidates taking the exam at either Contra Costa County Office of Education or Alameda County Office of Education must contact their respective HR representative for examination dates.

Schedule of Upcoming U.S. Constitution Exam Dates at UCLA Extension
May 7, 2018 July 2, 2018 August 27, 2018 October 22, 2018
May 21, 2018 July 16, 2018 September 10, 2018 November 5, 2018
June 4, 2018 July 30, 2018 September 24, 2018 November 19, 2018
June 18, 2018 August 13, 2018 October 8, 2018 December 3, 2018

Reservation

A reservation is required in order to take this exam at UCLA Extension. To make a reservation you can either call or email at the following:

Phone:  (310) 825-4191
Email: credentials@uclaextension.edu

Candidates taking the exam at either Contra Costa County Office of Education or Alameda County Office of Education must contact their respective HR representative to schedule an exam.

Cost

For candidates taking the exam at UCLA Extension the exam fee is $80. The fee must be paid online before taking the exam. A copy of the receipt must be given to the proctor in the examination room as confirmation of payment. You will not be able to take the exam unless you have the printed receipt. To pay online go to the following link:

https://www.uclaextension.edu/portal/applications/applicationProfile.do?method=loadApplicationIndex&applicationProfileId=196360529

For candidates taking the exam at either Contra Costa County Office of Education or Alameda County Office of Education the exam fee is $60, and must be paid online before taking the exam. A print out copy of the receipt must be given to the proctor in the examination room as confirmation of payment. You will not be able to take the exam unless you have the printed receipt. To pay online go to the following link:

https://www.uclaextension.edu/portal/applications/applicationProfile.do?method=loadApplicationIndex&applicationProfileId=196371971

If you have any problems paying online or creating a student profile please contact the UCLA Extension Student Services Office at (310) 825-9971.

Student Information

It is highly encouraged that all candidates include their Social Security Number (SSN) in their student profile at UCLA Extension. The last four digits of the SSN will be used in the confirmation letter of having passed the US Constitution exam.

Test Location

UCLA Extension- Gayley Center Building

1145 Gayley Avenue, Room 121B
(Room 121B beginning September 24, 2018)
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Candidates taking the exam at either Contra Costa County Office of Education or Alameda County Office of Education must contact their respective HR representative for directions to the examination building and room.

Parking Information

There is no free parking at UCLA or UCLA Extension and no free parking vouchers will be provided.

The closest UCLA parking structure to the UCLA Extension Gayley Center building is Lot 32; which has a pay per time machine.

You may also find metered street parking around the vicinity of the building. However, street parking can be quite difficult to find in the Westwood Village.