This exam is designed for individuals who would like to teach government and political science at the secondary level. You will be given to two hours to complete this 120 multiple-choice exam. There will be 20 questions in the comparative politics section, 24 questions regarding United States politics, 34 questions regarding the United States government, 19 questions about civil rights, and 26 questions regarding the development and theory of the United States Constitution.
Comparative Politics and International Relations
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge of the definition and process of public policy, ideologies such as nationalism, fascism and Marxism, the relationship between supranational and national organizations, economic systems such as Communism, Socialism, capitalism, and mixed systems, the nature of political systems such as presidential systems, parliamentary systems, authoritarian systems, and democratic systems.
United States Politics
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge of public opinion, political socialization, political participation, campaigns and elections, interest groups, and political parties. Under the public opinion section of the test your knowledge of the impact of opinion on the political process, mass media and the government, measurements of public opinion, and types of public groups and individuals will be assessed. The political socialization section of the test will cover liberalism, conservatism, American political culture, and utilization of the media to presents political values. The political participation section of the test will cover protests, petitions, grass-roots organizations, financial contributions to campaigns, being a candidate, and voting. The campaigns and elections section of the test will cover candidate nomination and recruitment, types and structures of elections, funding of campaigns, voting, and state and federal laws concerning elections.
United States Government: Federal, State, and Local Institutions
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge of the relationships between federal, state and local branches of government, the responsibility of state and local government for education, health, public safety, and interstate relations. The judicial section of the test will cover legal appeals, provisions and reviews, legal power and limitations, legal reasoning standards, the politics of judicial selection, and the qualifications for consideration to be elected as a judge. The section of the test covering the legislative branch of government will include qualifications for election, limitations, powers, and roles of the members of the legislative branch of government. The executive branch section of the exam will cover the role of bureaucracy, qualification and selection of bureaucrats, qualifications for the presidency, and limitations and powers of the president of the United States.
United States Constitution
This section of the exam will assess your knowledge of the Constitution, constitutional convention, and the foundations of constitutional development. In the constitutional section of the exam the Bill of Rights, amendments, ratification of amendments, separation of power, checks and balances within the government and, federalism will be covered. The constitutional convention section of the test will cover compromises, issues, and participants in the constitutional convention. The foundations of constitutional development section will cover 16th through 18th-century political philosophy, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, Anglo-Saxon tradition and common law.
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
The civil rights portion of the test will cover civil rights, civil liberties and, landmark civil rights decisions.