What Kind of Questions Does the Citizenship Test Ask?


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The citizenship test has two parts: one that tests the applicant's ability to read, write and speak English, made up of language questions, and one that tests the applicant's knowledge of American civics and history, with questions relating to the government and the country's past, according to Public Radio International. The second part involves 10 questions of which the applicant must answer six correctly.

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For the English test, the naturalization officer determines the speaking ability of the applicant and whether it meets the requirements through his exchanges with the applicant, reports the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. For the reading test, the applicant must read one of three sentences properly, and for the writing test, he must write one of three sentences correctly. There are some exemptions for the language test. If the applicant is 50 or over and has been a resident for 20 years or if the applicant is 55 or over and has been a resident for 15 years or more, the language requirement is waived.

All applicants, however, are required to take the civics test, which involves up to 10 questions from a list of 100 that is provided to the applicant beforehand with the correct answers, states U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The questions are about the structure of the government and the history of the country.

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