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How long do you have to take civics test for naturalization?

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There is no specific time for how long the civics test takes during the naturalization process because the test is administered orally by an immigration officer, who also asks the applicant questions about his background and administers the English-proficiency test, says the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The civics rest consist of 10 questions, of which the applicant must answer six correctly to pass. Once the applicant has answered six questions correctly, the officer stops the test.

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The test evaluates the applicants' knowledge of American civics, reports the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. A passing answer is considered an answer that is correct or that provides an alternative phrasing of the correct term, and a failing answer is one in which the applicant provides a wrong reply or fails to answer the question altogether. Applicants are provided with a list of 100 questions beforehand from which the 10 questions in the oral exam are taken.

Special consideration is given in the civics exam to those who 65 and older and have been residents of the United States for more than 20 years. These applicants are provided with a list of only 20 questions from which the 10 questions in the oral civics exam are chosen. Applicants who fail the test may apply to take it again in 60 days, notes the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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