Civic Literacy Exam


The Florida Legislature passed a new law during the 2017 session that, beginning Fall 2018 and thereafter, requires all incoming Florida College System and State University System students to demonstrate civic literacy by the time they graduate.

To fulfill this requirement, students have the option of successfully completing a course on civic literacy or achieving a passing score on an assessment. Information about the civic literacy initiative is available at the Florida Department of Education's Postsecondary Civics Literacy webpage. Information is also available on the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida's 8.006 Civic Literacy Regulation webpage.

There are two possible ways to take the exam in FGCU:

  • Online, using a personal computer.

  • At the Testing Center. 

  • First, you need to pay for your online testing appointment.

  • Second, you need to email confirmation of payment.

  • Third, you need to open FGCU Canvas to accept the new assignment.

  • Last, you need to take your exam.

Please use Registerblast to pay for your Civic Literacy Exam appointment.


The primary form of acceptable identification is your Eagle ID. 

We recommend arriving thirty (30) minutes before your appointment time.

If you are taking the online version of the exam, then you need to present it to the webcam for identification purposes. 

If you are taking the computer lab version, you may optionally bring an acceptable and not-expired form of government-issued identification with signature and photo. One of the following types are acceptable:

  • Driver’s license.
  • A valid passport (foreign passport is acceptable for international students).
  • Official state-issued identification card with photo.
  • Federal identification card.
  • Tribal identification card.
  • Naturalization card or Certificate of Citizenship.
  • Military identification card.

Examples of unacceptable forms of identification:

  • Expired IDs from list above.
  • Identification with signature only.
  • School identification other than Eagle ID.

  • Temporary or paper driver’s license.
  • Social Security card.
  • Credit card with photo.
  • Work identification or badge.
  • Gym or club membership.

In order to request your disability-related accommodations you must follow this process:

Register with the Office of Adaptive Services.

  • Visit the Office of Adaptive Services' website to complete a Formal Request for Accommodations; make sure that you include all necessary documentation and forms.

  • The Office of Adaptive Services will create a Reasonable Accommodation Plan for you; this is dependent upon the documentation submitted.
  • Please follow up with the Office of Adaptive Services to ensure that your Accommodation Plan is approved before proceeding.

Register and pay for your testing appointment with the Office of Testing and Assessment Services using Registerblast.

  • Register for your testing appointment on Registerblast; select the desired date and time of your appointment.
    • Indicate during registration that you are requesting ADA accommodations for your Civic Literacy Exam. Provide your full name and contact information.
  • Testing and Assessment Services will email you to confirm that you are planning to take your exam with ADA Testing Accommodations approved by Adaptive Services. We will then confirm your accommodations with the Office of Adaptive Services.
    • Depending on the approved accommodations, you may be asked to contact the Office of Adaptive Services to schedule your testing appointment with them. They will assist you in submitting a Test Schedule Form. Please let the Office of Testing and Assessment if the date and time scheduled by Adaptive Services differs from your Registerblast appointment.

On the day of your test, you must check-in with Testing and Assessment Services.

  • Review the Exam Day Requirements before arriving; make sure that you have all required materials with you.
  • If you are taking your exam in the Office of Adaptive Services, a staff member will walk you down to their testing rooms.

There is no rescheduling fee.

  • If you miss your testing appointment, register again making sure to select the "Reschedule - CLE" option on Registerblast. Don't forget to select the attempt number on the "What attempt are you registering for?" required-box.
  • If you registered for an online test, contact us via email. We will do our best to accommodate you.

FGCU students can access this free Canvas Course before taking the real test. You may take this practice exam as many times as you need.


The new regulation 8.006, adopted by the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida, applies to all students entering a Florida institution of higher education for the first time in fall 2018 or later.

It requires that all “baccalaureate degree-seeking students initially entering a state university fall semester 2018 and thereafter must demonstrate competency in civic literacy.” This regulation does not apply to students entering a state university or state college in Florida prior to fall 2018. Please go to the Postsecondary Civics Literacy webpage for further details. 

FGCU students can register on this page to take the test to satisfy this graduation requirement by earning a 60 or higher on Florida Virtual Campus' 100-question Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test-Civics.

FGCU students may alternatively do it through one of the following methods. Expand element for more information:

  • Successfully complete a course in FGCU.

  • Achieve the minimum standard score in an Advanced Placement (AP) assessment.

  • Achieve the minimum standard score in a CLEP assessment.