Civics Exam

Civics Exam Graduation Requirement

Utah law requires that all students pass a basic Civics exam for high school graduation.  At Park City High School, students take the exam in their senior-year U.S. Government class.  The exam is 50 multiple choice questions derived from the civics test used by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The minimum passing score is 35 correct out of 50 questions.  The test score will not have any impact on GPA or any course grades, and it appears on the PCHS transcript only as “Passed.”  Seniors can take the test as many times as needed to pass before graduation.  There is not an option for opting-out of the state’s requirement to pass the Civics exam.

Seniors who do NOT have a PCHS Government class (take the course online or at a different school) will be required to attend a scheduled sitting of the Civics exam at PCHS.  There will be a minimum of three testing opportunities, one in March (on the day the juniors take the ACT test) and two in May.  Other testing dates may be scheduled at the school’s discretion.  For testing dates, see the section below.

If a student transfers to PCHS from another high school where they took and passed a state-mandated basic civics test, the “pass” must appear on the student’s official transcript from the previous school.  If the “pass” does not appear on the transcript, the student must take and pass the exam at PCHS.

Study materials and practice questions:
https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test/study-materials-civics-test
http://www.uen.org/american-civics-education/

Exam Dates for the Class of 2022:

Seniors with a PCHS Government class in their class schedule will take the exam in their Government class.  The following dates only apply for students who need to retake the test in order to pass.

Seniors who do NOT have a PCHS Government class in their schedule will need to take the exam on one of the following test dates.  Students (and parents) will be notified by letter and emails if they need to take the exam.  If you aren’t sure, contact your Counselor or the Registrar.  There’s no need to sign up for a date, just show up to the test location.

  • December 7 – 2:30pm, Room 237  – by invitation only, for students who have completed .5 Government
  • December 13 – 2:30pm, Room 237  – by invitation only, for students who have completed .5 Government
  • December 15 – 2:30pm, Room 237  – by invitation only, for students who have completed .5 Government
  • March 22 – 10:00am*, Learning Center (2400 Kearns Blvd)  – *NOTE: test times may be assigned by last name
  • May 10 – 2:30pm, Room 237
  • May 17 – 2:30pm, Room 237

Students need their laptops to take the exam.  Laptops should be charged ahead of time, or bring your charger with you.  Chargers will not available at the testing location.  The exam takes no longer than 45 minutes and will be proctored by a PCHS social studies teacher.

Reference:
USBE Rule R277-700-8
Utah Code 53E-4-205
American Civics Education Initiative: http://www.uen.org/american-civics-education/