U.S. Constitution Challenge Examination

Administered by the College of Extended Learning at Cal State San Bernardino

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 is assumed that those challenging this examination have read the constitution and studied other pertinent documents and texts.

Online Exam-Only Option
Now Available

3 options available:

All of the options entitle students to three attempts (maximum) at passing 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 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 options must be completed within a year from the date you register. (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 Learning to those who pass, and a notation is made on their University permanent record. A College of Extended Learning Certificate of Completion or notice of failure will be sent by mail, usually within 7-10 business days of taking the exam.

Note that this is a testing experience and 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.



* Fees are subject to change

Schedule of Classes
The course is offered every quarter. See below for registration details
Quarter
Schedule No.
Day(s)/Date(s)
Instructor(s)
Registration Deadline
Register Here
Winter 2018
2044
Saturday, February 24
Christina Villegas
February 21

Prep Course

Register for a one-day U.S. Constitution exam preparation course and exam.

This preparation course is offered at least once per quarter and yields the highest success rate of the three options for preparation for the examination. This course is designed to help prepare you for the challenge examination and 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 at the conclusion of the course.

Course No.: EECR 1018
Section: 01
Unit(s): CR/NC
Fee: $85 (includes testing fee)
Time: 9 am–3 pm
Location: SAN BERNARDINO—CSUSB, YC–107/108
Instructor(s): Christina Villegas


Schedule of Classes
The course is offered every quarter. See below for registration details
Quarter
Schedule No.
Day(s)/Date(s)
Instructor(s)
Registration Deadline
Register Here
Winter 2018
2044
Saturday, February 24
Christina Villegas
February 21

Suggested books in the CSUSB Pfau Library to review for the U.S. Constitution exam:

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)


Video & Exam available at the College of Extended Learning

Video


Register with the College of Extended Learning for weekday video preparation. The video is designed to help prepare you for the challenge examination and includes a more brief presentation of the basic principles and provisions of the U.S. Constitution and its amendments. The 1 ½-hour video highlights some key elements of the Constitution, but is not a complete preparation for the exam.

  1. If you choose this option, please remember to contact the College of Extended Learning directly at (909) 537-5976, to make an appointment.
  2. Come in person to the College of Extended Learning (Sierra Hall-101), to pay the fees to watch the video. Testing hours Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00 pm.

*Those choosing this option should allow at least 3 hours: 1 ½ hours to watch the video and the additional time to park, register and study notes taken before taking the exam.

Exam


Register for the challenge examination only and prepare for the exam completely on your own.

  1. To register for this option, come in person to the College of Extended Learning (Sierra Hall-101), pay the exam fees. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am-5:00 pm.
  2. You will then report to the College of Extended Learning to take the exam that day. Those choosing this option should allow at least 2 hours: at least one hour to take the exam and the additional time to park, register and study any notes before taking the exam.

If you choose this option, it is highly recommended that you contact the College of Extended Learning directly at (909) 537-5976 and discuss your proposed time to ensure they are available during the current testing hours.

Online Exam Only – ProctorU


Register for the online challenge examination only and prepare for the exam completely on your own. This option is designed to allow students to conveniently take the U.S. Constitution Challenge Exam 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

  1. To register for this option you may come in or call the College of Extended Learning, pay the exam fees. Office hours are Monday- Friday, 8 am-5:00pm
  2. You will be sent an email confirmation with the Blackboard & ProctorU sign on information. This email will outline in detail the next steps in scheduling and taking the exam.
    1. Flex Scheduling allows an examinee to make an appointment up to 72 hours before the desire start time. There is an additional fee if examinee wants to take the test on-demand with no appointment needed. No fees for appointments scheduled after 72 hours.
  3. You will need a web cam and must have Mozilla Firefox or Chrome to run the blackboard and ProctorU program. There is a higher chance of unexpected technical problems when running Internet Explorer with Blackboard for a long time.

If you choose this option you will be proctored during the test administration and have a maximum of 90 minutes to complete the exam with no supplementary materials or notes will be allowed during the exam. Once the College of Extended Learning has processed your registration, please allow 2-3 business days for CSUSB's system to generate a coyote ID which you will need to log into Blackboard and schedule a time with Proctor U to take the exam.

Suggested books in the CSUSB Pfau Library to review for the U.S. Constitution exam:

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*:

  • $85.00—U.S. Constitution preparation course; includes prep course, examination administration and scoring of first exam attempt.

  • $72.00—U.S. Constitution preparation video and examination; includes one video review, examination administration and scoring of first exam attempt.

  • $50.00—U.S. Constitution exam only; no video or classroom preparation; includes administration and scoring of each exam attempt, up to three attempts. (Additional $50.00—U.S. Constitution examination administration and scoring fee for each of the second and third exam attempts.)

  • $65–U.S. Constitution Exam Only, Online Option; no video or classroom preparation; includes administration and scoring of each exam attempt, up to three attempts (Additional $65- U.S. Constitution examination administration and scoring fee for each of the second and third exam attempts.)

  • $31.00—Additional video review only.

  • $25.00-U.S an additional administrative fee will be charged for any expedited processing requests received by email. (Regular processing time takes 7-10 business days).


* Fees are subject to change

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Expand What is the u.s. constitution challenge examination?

    This U.S. Constitution exam option is intended for California teaching credential candidates who must fulfill the U.S. Constitution requirement. The exam does not fulfill the U.S. Constitution requirement for baccalaureate candidates. It satisfies the U.S. Constitution requirement for multiple/single subject and designated subject credentials.

    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 challenging the exam have done serious preparation prior to taking it.

    Note that this is a testing experience and not an educational experience. Students who take this exam will not be given the correct answers to questions missed.

  • Expand What are the hours to view the video and take the exam?

    Testing hours can change due to holiday and alternate schedules. Students are advised to contact the College of Extended Learning directly at (909) 537-5976 to check current hours and schedule an appointment.

  • Expand How many attempts do I have to pass the exam?

    You have a maximum of three attempts at passing the U.S. Constitution exam. Your three attempts at passing the exam must be completed within one year from the date you first register. After the third attempt you will have to take the course to meet the requirement.

  • Expand Is there an online option to take the U.S. Constitution Exam?

    Yes. We are now offering an online exam-only option. If you choose this option you will be proctored during the test administration and have a maximum of 1 ½ hours to complete the exam. No supplementary materials or notes will be allowed.

  • Expand Which operating systems does ProctorU support?

    ProctorU currently supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.4 or newer version of those systems. At this time, ProctorU does not support any Linux operating systems such as Chrome OS, Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.

  • Expand What type of software do I need to take the exam?

    You will need a web cam and must have Mozilla Firefox or Chrome to run the Blackboard and ProctorU programs. There is a higher chance of unexpected technical problems when running Internet Explorer with Blackboard for a long time.

  • Expand Are there additional fee for taking the exam online?

    There are Optional Fees:
    Flex Scheduling allows an examinee to make an appointment at least 72 hours before the desired start time. However, an examinee may choose either the Take it Now or Take it Soon options with the additional charges ($8.75 and $5.00) to be paid at their own expense. Take it Soon allows a test to be scheduled within 72 hours of the chosen start time. Take it Now allows a test to be taken on-demand with no appointment needed. These options are for the convenience of the examinee and the additional charges will not be billed to the institution.

    Any charges applicable to the examinee must be paid with a credit or debit card. The examinee will be required to enter payment information on a secure page connected to a third-party card processor. The page is encrypted and secure and ProctorU does not see or store any credit card data. Examinees will be required to re-enter payment information each time new charges are incurred.

  • Expand How long after I register can I access Blackboard to take the exam?

    Once the College of Extended Learning has processed your registration, please allow 2-3 business days for CSUSB's system to generate a Coyote ID which you will need to log into Blackboard and schedule a time with ProctorU to take the exam. You will be sent an email confirmation once completed with the Blackboard & ProctorU sign-on information. This email will outline in detail the next steps in scheduling and taking the exam.

  • Expand Do I need to make a reservation to view the video and take the exam?

    No appointment is necessary to view the video or take the test at the College of Extended Learning on the CSUSB campus. However, to avoid a long wait it is highly recommended to call ahead to schedule an appointment, otherwise video viewing and testing is on a first-come, first-served basis.

    For the Online Exam Only option, “Flex Scheduling” allows an examinee to make an appointment up to 72 hours before the desired start time. There is an additional fee if the examinee wants to take the test ‘on-demand’ with no appointment needed. There are no additional fees for appointments scheduled after 72 hours.

  • Expand How long is the video?

    The video is approximately 1 ½ hours long.

  • Expand What if I did not finish watching the video?

    If you do not finish watching the video in one sitting you will have to return to the College of Extended Learning and pay a fee for an additional video review. It takes at least 1 ½ hours to watch the video and students should allow at least an additional hour to take the exam plus an additional hour to park, register and study any notes taken during the video. Please take into account the College of Extended Learning hours to ensure that you have sufficient time to finish watching the video and taking the exam. You have the option of watching the video one day and taking the exam on another day.

  • Expand What is the cost to watch the video again?

    The cost for an additional viewing of the video is $31.00

  • Expand Do I need identification to watch the video and take the exam?

    Definitely, yes. Only students who present a photo I.D. will be allowed to view the video and take the exam in person or online.

  • Expand Is the exam timed? What is the average time to complete the exam?

    The U.S. Constitution exam taken at College of Extended Learning is not timed and on average takes at least an hour to complete. However, your time is limited according to the hours that the College of Extended Learning is open so students should allow ample time to watch the video (at least an hour and a half), review notes and take the test (at least an hour), and register and park (about an hour). The online exam only option has a maximum time limit of 90 minutes.

  • Expand What if I did not finish taking the exam?

    Students should allow a minimum of at least an hour to take the exam. Exams will be taken from students at the end of the College of Extended Learning testing hours whether or not the exam has been completed. Questions not answered will be marked incorrect. Please refer to the College of Extended Learning testing hours before planning your video viewing and testing.

  • Expand Can I use my notes when taking the exam?

    Absolutely not. No notes or any reference materials are allowed during the exam. Students are instructed to leave all personal items on a separate table during testing.

  • Expand What if I need to take a restroom break during testing?

    Students are advised not to leave the testing room after testing has begun. If an emergency arises, it will be noted that the student left during testing and your test may be declared invalid, thus using one of your three exam attempts.

  • Expand Can children and/or friends be present in the testing area?

    No. Only students who are testing are allowed in the testing area.

  • Expand Who should I contact for notification results?

    The College of Extended Learning will contact you with your results by mail at the address you provide. It generally takes 7-10 business days for your exam to be graded and your results mailed to you. Students who pass will receive by mail a College of Extended Learning Certificate of Completion, and students who fail will receive a letter stating the number of questions missed. Students will not know which questions were missed nor the correct answers. Remember, this is not an educational experience, this is a testing experience. No exam results will be given over the phone. Students may arrange to pick up their written results by calling the College of Extended Learning in advance to assure results are available. Students picking up written results in person must present a photo I.D.

    Note: The highest success rate comes from students who take the one-day U.S. Constitution preparation course. Those who fail their first or second attempt may register for this course but must pay the full course fee and are still limited to a total of three attempts.

  • Expand If I fail all three attempts at the exam, can I still register for the U.S. constitution prep course?

    No. Students who fail all three attempts at the exam can no longer satisfy this requirement through the College of Extended Learning.

  • Expand What if I fail all three attempts at the exam?

    Students who fail all three attempts will have to satisfy the U.S. Constitution requirement by taking the appropriate university course at CSUSB or another institution.

  • Expand How do I take advantage of my second and third attempts?

    Students who fail the exam the first or second time must bring in their letter of notification when they report to the College of Extended Learning to pick up a cover sheet for their second or third attempt. Students must also present a photo I.D.

  • Expand What do I do if my computer crashes or I get logged out during my exam.

    It is highly recommended that you use Mozilla Firefox or Chrome to run the Blackboard and Proctor U program. There is a higher chance of unexpected technical problems when running Internet Explorer for a long time. CSUSB and Proctor U both have 24 hour 7 days a week tech support.
    You may contact CSUSB ITS department at 909-537-7677, support@csusb.edu or Technology Support Center
    You may contact Proctor U Help Desk at 1-855-772-8678, help@proctoru.com or ProctorU.