Some states (Illinois and Arizona) require GED® test-takers to additionally take and pass the United States and state constitutions test and in North Dakota and Wisconsin, GED hopefuls must additionally pass a Civics Exam.
To be successful on the GED Constitution test, test-takers must command the primary documents that are covered by the test and also be able to indicate the functions and roles of various elected officials.
The Constitution Test
This website offers numerous free online GED video lessons (including transcripts) and lots of free GED practice tests. Video lessons are known to be highly effective and will get you all set for the real thing fast and efficiently.
Part one of the Constitution Test addresses the Declaration of Independence, Declaring Independence, and Excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. Take a practice test now:
Students must know the two main topics covered in the American Declaration of Independence; what the theory is of American government; the date on which the Declaration of Independence became effective; and who was the main author of the Declaration of Independence.
Part two covers the U.S. Constitution and its Outline; How and when the Constitution was written; The Federal System and the Separation of Powers; Article I: The Legislative Branch and How a Bill Becomes a Law; Article II: The Executive Branch; Article III: The Judicial Branch; Checks and Balances; Articles IV-VII; The Amendments.
Part three of the Illinois Constitution Test covers the U.S. Flag and Displaying the Flag.
Part Four of the test deals with Articles I-III of The Illinois Constitution, Article IV (The State Legislative Branch); Article V (The State Executive Branch); Article VI (The State Judicial Branch); and Articles VII–XIV. For all GED prep locations in Illinois, go to this page.
The U.S. Constitution
The U.S. Constitution has three parts. The first part is a 1-sentence introduction referred to as the Preamble. This Preamble doesn’t contain any laws but it restates Thomas Jefferson’s main idea for the U’S’ Declaration of Independence.
The Preamble is emphasizing that the power of governing and government is derived from the American people. The government, rather than being the master of the people, is to be the servant of the people.
The 2nd part of the U.S. Constitution contains 7 separate articles that all give the plan for a specific part of the government:
Article I covers The Legislative Branch that is responsible for making laws
Article II covers The Executive Branch that is responsible for enforcing the laws
Article III covers The Judicial Branch that is responsible for interpreting the laws
Article IV is about the Relations Among the U.S. States
Article V addresses Amending the U.S. Constitution
Article VI covers the Supreme Law of the Land
Article VII addresses Ratification or Approval
The 3rd part of the U.S. Constitution contains the amendments. After the Constitution had become law, the first Congress meeting added 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. We know these 10 amendments as The Bill of Rights.
This Bill of Rights became effective on December 15th, 1791, and the amendments are guaranteeing personal freedoms to all Americans. Since the Bill of Rights was added, 17 more amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. and Illinois State Constitution and Flag Test
Let’s consider the situation in Illinois. To earn your High School Equivalency Diploma in Illinois, on top of completing one of the available HSE (high school equivalency) exams (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC™), you also have to take and pass the U.S. and Illinois Constitution Test.
The U.S. and Illinois Constitution Test is officially called the United States and Illinois State Constitution and Flag Test. The test assesses to what extent Illinois residents can answer questions related to American patriotism and the principles and organization of representative government.
This test is free and may be taken at any time. The test covers your knowledge in subject fields related to the United States Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. flag, and the state of Illinois Constitution.
If you prepare, you’ll be able to take the Constitution Test successfully just like you will have to get optimally prepared to attain sufficient scores on the four independent GED subtests.
GED students that already passed this high school level Constitution Test do not have to sit for it again. Just provide proof that you took and passed it to your Regional Office of Education at the time you’re requesting your HSE (High School Equivalency) Diploma.
High School Civics Test
Before students can graduate from their public high schools, many states require students to take and pass a Civics Test. Not all of these states have the same requirements for GED test-takers though! Usually, this Civics Test is identical to the American (USCIS) Naturalization Exam.
The following fifteen states require high school students to pass a Civics Test in order to graduate: Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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