UT Austin Test in Texas Government Only

The UT Austin Test in Texas Government is a required supplement to a score on the AP Government and Politics exam or the CLEP American Government exam. Before your eligibility for GOV 310L credit can be determined, you must arrange to take the UT Austin Test on Texas Government, which is offered only on the UT Austin campus. It is offered one time per month. Visit the Test Registration System to view and register for upcoming test dates.

An official copy of your AP or CLEP score must be on file with Student Testing Services before you may take the UT Austin Test on Texas Government. If you have already taken the AP US Government Politics exam OR the CLEP American Government exam, DO NOT register for the CLEP American Government exam with Texas items. If you are not sure which test to register for or are having difficulty registering, please contact our office for assistance.

The twenty multiple-choice questions in this test cover the politics and government of the state of Texas. The questions are very similar to the questions in the CLEP exam in American Government. The subject matter of these items is devoted exclusively to Texas politics and government and includes questions on the following:

  • State government organization and powers
  • Political parties and elections
  • Social-economic environment
  • Constitution and local government
  • Policies, including state finance

Registration Fee: 

When you confirm your registration to take the UT Austin Test on Texas Government, you will be immediately billed a non-refundable registration fee of $25.

Study Aids: 

Although the test questions are not based on a specific textbook, the following Texas Politics webtext should be helpful in preparing for the examination:

http://www.soomolearning.com/catalog/texas-politics/overview

    Test Results and Retakes: 

    Your score on the Texas Government test will combine with your score on the AP Government and Politics exam (or the CLEP Exam in American Government) within twenty-four hours of your taking it. At that time, you will be able to see if you earned credit in GOV 310L.

    If you do not earn credit for GOV 310L after taking the UT Austin Test on Texas Government combined with the AP US Government and Politics exam, you may take the CLEP in American Government with UT Austin Test on Texas Government.  However, you must use the score from your previously taken Texas Government exam as the Texas Government exam may be taken only one time.  The CLEP in American Government may be repeated every three months. 

    UT Austin CoursesNotes
    GOV 310L Eligibility for credit by exam in GOV 310L is based on successful combined scores on the Texas Government Test PLUS an eligible score on one of the two following exams: AP US Government and Politics (score of 3 or higher), or a CLEP exam in American Government. No combined eligible cut scores are publicized for this test. On its own, the Texas Government Test cannot award any course credit..