Monday, December 12, 2016

ATI’s offers Galileo Civic Test Options

Arizona became the first state to require students to pass a Civics test in order to graduate from high school. Similar efforts are being made in other states. Students have to pass 60 of the 100 questions on the Civics test, which is based on the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization test. They can take it first in 8th grade and can retake it until they pass. There’s no limit to the number of times the test is administered.

Many of you are aware that ATI has been offering the Civics test for a while. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization test is an oral test but this format was not practical in the school environment. Originally, ATI wrote its own distractors for the multiple-choice questions, but after the Arizona Department of Education released four multiple-choice options for each question, we have incorporated those options.  

Civic Test Options
ATI offers two versions of the test: 1) only multiple-choice questions (108 items); 2) multiple-choice and educator-scored questions (100 items). The difference in length is due to the questions about the nine current U.S. Representatives for the state of Arizona. Questions 100-108 on the multiple-choice assessment ask about the representative of each of the nine congressional districts in AZ, while this is just one, educator-scored, question on the other version of the test. 

Requesting the Civics Test
It is helpful to specify which version of the Civics test you’d like when requesting the test. Multiple copies of this test can be provided. Please inform us of the quantity when making the version request. Because the test is subject to frequent changes related primarily to changes in office holders, it is not always prudent to make requests too far in advance. ATI can offer the test for review. 

Requesting Post-Election Tests
The 20th Amendment to the Constitution specifies that the new session of Congress begins on January 3 and the term of the President begins on the 20th day of January. As the Civics test asks these questions in the present tense, ATI will be replacing the questions that have been affected by the election at those times when the correct answer has changed. Clients interested in the post-election test can request the updated version on Friday, January 20, 2017. Please note that these will be new items and will not be updated on tests that have already been delivered. Because it is necessary to change the Civics test often, ATI will start placing the date of the last revision in its title. This procedure will ensure receipt of the most current version and help avoid confusion.

We hope this is helpful information. If you have any questions, contact us at

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