For all students that need their Challenge Exam to satisfy their V-requirement for
graduation this semester, please note that the last day to take it will be the last
day of instruction: Friday, May 5th. This allows time for your score to be processed
and applied to your transcript by the end of the semester.
If you do not plan to graduate this semester and do not need your exam applied to
your transcript before the end of May, you will retain access to the exam and can
take it in the future. This deadline only applies to those students who would like
their exam score applied to their transcript for the Spring 2023 semester.
Students who have completed a college course in U.S. national government may satisfy
the Wyoming government portion of the requirement by taking an exam on Wyoming state
This examination consists of 50 questions (40 multiple choice and 10 true/false).
Students must score 70% or better (35 questions) to pass the test.
This exam may be taken twice during a student's academic career. The $80 sitting fee
must be paid on each attempt. If a student fails the exam on the second attempt, he
or she will be required to take a Wyoming government class to complete the V USP requirement.
The Equality State. by King, Garner, McConnell, & Schuhmann. (9th Edition, 2020). MacMillan Learning.
Individuals desiring to challenge the entire 3 hour course may take a comprehensive
examination that covers both state and national governments.
This exam consists of 150 questions (140 multiple choice and 10 true/false). Students
must score 70% or better (105 questions) to pass the test.
American Government: a Brief Introduction. By Lowi, Ginsberg, Shepsle, Ansolabehere. (16th Edition, 2021). Norton & Company.
There are two variations of the exam:
When in doubt, ask your adviser for their insight!
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 it!
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.
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Our self-paced classes allow you to work through the content at your own pace during
the course. Delivered through WyoCourses, your instructor will guide you through recorded
and digital content, activities, and quizzes. They are available to you as a resource
throughout the course.
Credit Hours (3) | Prerequisites: none
POLS 1000 fulfills the United States and Wyoming Constitutions (V) requirement of
the University Studies Program.
U.S. and Wyoming Constitution (V) courses provide students with an understanding of
the historical development, cultural context and major principles of the constitutional
documents and the political systems established by those documents. V courses also
provide students with understandings of the relationships between the political institutions
through which they are governed and their roles as responsible participating citizens.
This is an introductory college-level course in the organization and structure of
American national government and of the government of the state of Wyoming. Undoubtedly,
each of you has experienced classes in American government before. We find it necessary
to differentiate the goal of this course from those you might have experienced before.
To fulfill the mandate presented to the University of Wyoming by the state, we will
discuss in relative depth both the Wyoming and U.S. constitutions and the governmental
systems established by each. To address this goal, your knowledge will be tested in
assignments and quizzes. Our governmental system is based on the notion of an enlightened
electorate. This course is a small step toward that end.