Golden Horseshoe Test Available Online

February 06, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Eighth graders across West Virginia will get the chance to use technology this spring to test their knowledge of state history and culture in the online Golden Horseshoe test. Those who score well receive the Golden Horseshoe Award.

Students can opt to take the test online the test day assigned to their county from April 1 through April 9. All eighth grade West Virginia History students may now access the practice quizzes that are available on the WV Learns site

Students have received instructions regarding their usernames and passwords to access the practice quizzes. The practice quizzes are available through March 31 and can be accessed from any computer - home or school.

The Golden Horseshoe knighting ceremony will take place on May 1 at the West Virginia Cultural Center in Charleston.

Parents and students should check with the West Virginia history teacher in their school building or with their county superintendent for more information regarding the practice quizzes and the Golden Horseshoe test day in their county.

The Golden Horseshoe Test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in the United States. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award. Each county has at least two winners. The exam tests student knowledge on West Virginia citizenship, civics and government, economics, geography, history and current events.

The Golden Horseshoe originated in the early 1700s in Virginia when then-Governor Alexander Spotswood saw the need for exploration of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains, most of which is now West Virginia.  

Translated from Latin, the inscription on each horseshoe reads, ‘Thus it was decided to cross the mountains.’ On the other side was written, ‘Order of the Golden Horseshoe.’ Recipients of the award have been known since as The Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe.

Contact Regina Scotchie, social studies coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education, at (304) 558-7805, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699 for more information.


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