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American and Wyoming Government Challenge Exam FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

There are two variations of the exam:

  • The American and Wyoming Government (3-credit) Challenge Exam fulfills the University of Wyoming’s 'V' requirement all by itself.
  • The Wyoming Government (1-credit) Challenge Exam fulfills only the Wyoming portion of that requirement.  This option is best for students who have already earned credit for American government by taking an AP U.S.  government exam or taking an American government course at another college.

When in doubt, ask your adviser for their insight!

We highly recommend the following textbooks in preparing for the exam:
  • The Equality State. King, Garner, McConnell, and Schuhmann.  (9th Edition, 2020).  Hayden-McNeil/MacMillan learning.  ISBN-13: 978-1-5339-1832-1.
  • American Government: A Brief Introduction. Lowi, Ginsberg, Shepsle, and Ansolabehere, (15th edition, 2019).  WW Norton.  ISBN-13: 978-0-393-66486-7.


Absolutely! Community colleges, high schools, and the PTSB all send their students to us for the exam. The exam is all-inclusive; you will do everything through the WyoLearn app.


Once you enroll in the course and pay the fee, you are able to start the Challenge Exam at any time.  This allows you to pick the most convenient time and location for you to take the Exam!

Once you enroll, you can take the exam at your convenience and you will remain on the roster indefinitely.
Nope--the exam setup eliminates the need for a proctor.
Once you have started your exam, you have 150 minutes to take the American and Wyoming Challenge Exam (150 questions) or 50 minutes to take the Wyoming Government Challenge Exam (50 questions). You cannot log in/out or pause while taking the exam, so make sure you can dedicate enough time before starting the exam.

The American and Wyoming Challenge Exam is 150 multiple-choice questions.

The Wyoming Government Challenge Exam is 50 multiple-choice questions.

Students need to answer 70% of the questions correctly to pass either Challenge Exam.
Nope! Since the exam is pass/fail it does not have any effect on your GPA.
Congrats!  Now the School of Politics, Public Affairs, & International Studies (which administers the Challenge Exam) will report your success to UW’s Office of the Registrar - just like other grades are reported.
Exam scores are typically reported at the end of the month, and the Registrar could take up to a week to enter those scores. Look for your scores around the 15th of the following month. If they are still not showing up, reach out to the Office of The Registrar:
  1. The Challenge Exam may be taken twice during a student’s academic career. The $80 sitting fee must be paid on each attempt.   You will need to re-enroll in the Challenge Exam if you would like another attempt.
  2. You can also sign up for a course such as POLS 1000 “American and Wyoming Government” to meet the University of Wyoming’s USP15 V requirement or POLS 1100 “Wyoming Government” if you only need to satisfy the Wyoming component of the V requirement.

We’re sorry to hear that!  We ask that you take two steps, so we can move forward:

  1. Click on the “Help” button on the left-hand side of your screen, and contact the Student Canvas Support Hotline
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