Free CLEP American Government Practice Tests

What is the CLEP American Government test?

The American Government examination covers the scope and emphasis of material that is usually taught in a one-semester introductory course in American government and politics at the college level in the United States. These courses go beyond a general understanding of civics to incorporate political processes and behavior.

Topics include:

  • Institutions and Policy Processes: Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Congress
  • Federal Courts, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • Political Beliefs and Behavior
  • Constitutional Underpinnings of American Democracy

Who gives it? College Board

This test is given by The College Board which is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.

Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Who can take it?

This exam is available to all but is especially relevant to juniors and senior high school students.

When and where can I take it?

Schedule a meeting with your school counselor or a teacher to learn about the process for taking this exam including deadlines for signing up for courses at your school.

What happens when I pass?

There are many reasons to take this exam but many students choose it to set themselves apart in college admission and to earn the college credit and placement that come with a successful exam score.

Additional information

The examination contains approximately 100 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. Any time candidates spend on tutorials and providing personal information is in addition to the actual testing time.

Multiple Choice Practice Test

Questions cover knowledge of American government and politics, understanding of typical patterns of political processes and behavior,and the principles used to explain or justify various governmental structures and procedures.
37 Questions

Terms & Definitions Practice Test

Terms cover knowledge of American government and politics and analysis and interpretation of simple data that are relevant to American government and politics.
104 Questions