Civics Exam Graduation Requirement
To graduate from high school, Utah law requires that students pass a basic Civics exam. 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 to opt-out of the state’s requirement to pass the Civics exam.
At Park City High School, students take the exam in their senior-year U.S. Government class.
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, and 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. NOTE: Not all schools administer a civics exam in their Government classes, so even if the student took Government at a previous school, that doesn’t mean that they’ve passed the civics requirement. This is why the transcript must specifically note the civics exam.
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 test dates would 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 email and/or letter if they need to take the exam. If you aren’t sure, contact the Registrar or your Counselor. 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 – in the PCHS Lecture Hall (this is a location change), times are assigned by the student’s last name:
- 8:00am – Last names A-E
- 9:00am – Last names F-La
- 10:00am – Last names Le-Ri
- 11:00am – Last names Ro-Z
- May 10 – 2:30pm, Room 237
- May 17 – 2:30pm, Room 237
- May 24 – 2:30pm, PCHS Lecture Hall –Absolute last chance for those who haven’t passed!
Students need their laptops to take the exam. Laptops should be charged ahead of time, or bring your charger with you. Chargers will not be available at the testing location. The exam takes no longer than 45 minutes and will be proctored by a PCHS social studies teacher.
USBE Rule R277-700-8
Utah Code 53E-4-205
American Civics Education Initiative: http://www.uen.org/american-civics-education/