CLEP* Study Guide

American Government

The only study guide that teaches you what you need to know to pass the American Government exam (with no prior knowledge needed), and is constantly updated based on student feedback to guarantee you the best possible results.

About the CLEP* Exam

The American Government CLEP exam is designed to test the student on material that would typically be covered in an introductory level one semester undergraduate course on the American government and politics. This is considered a fairly challenging exam and requires not just simple rote-memorization of facts, but a solid understanding of political processes and behavior. Carefully studying InstantCert's flashcards and truly understanding the material presented in the questions and explanations--not just memorizing what goes in the blanks--will allow you to pass this exam without any trouble.

Topics Covered in this Course

Institutions and Policy Processes: Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Congress
The major formal and informal institutional arrangements and powers
Structure, policy processes, and outputs
Relationships among these three institutions and links between them and political parties, interest groups, the media, and public opinion
Federal Courts, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights
Structure and processes of the judicial system with emphasis on the role and influence of the Supreme Court
The development of civil rights and civil liberties by judicial interpretation
The Bill of Rights
Incorporation of the Bill of Rights
Equal protection and due process
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Political parties (including their function, organization, mobilization, historical development, and effects on the political process)
Interest groups (including the variety of activities they typically undertake and their effects on the political process)
Elections (including the electoral process)
Political Beliefs and Behavior
Processes by which citizens learn about politics
Political participation (including voting behavior)
Public opinion
Beliefs that citizens hold about their government and its leaders
Political culture (the variety of factors that predispose citizens to differ from one another in terms of their political perceptions, values, attitudes, and activities)
The influence of public opinion on political leaders
Constitutional Underpinnings of American Democracy
Federalism (with attention to intergovernmental relations)
Separation of powers
Checks and balances
Majority rule
Minority rights
Considerations that influenced the formulation and adoption of the Constitution
Theories of democracy

Customer Test Results for this Exam

1215 users submitted test results since June, 2006.
1062 of those users reported a passing score (87%).

Below are ten of the most recent user-submitted test results. These are unfiltered, real results that were submitted by InstantCert students:

Date of ExamResultScore
May 31, 2023passed74
Apr 20, 2023passed70
Apr 15, 2023passed75
Apr 7, 2023failed46
Mar 30, 2023passed50
Mar 21, 2023passed59
Mar 17, 2023failed48
Mar 10, 2023passed56
Mar 7, 2023passed64
Feb 28, 2023passed68
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