What do I need to know to pass the citizenship test?


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Passing the United States citizenship test requires knowledge regarding the American Government, US history, and standard civics information as stated by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In addition, naturalization testing includes an English test to evaluate applicants for proficiency in reading, writing and speaking the English language.

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What do I need to know to pass the citizenship test?
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Applicants must be able to converse with the officer in the speaking portion, then read and write one out of three sentences correctly for the reading and writing sections. Applicants may bypass the English test with a waiver or exemption qualification.

The civics portion of the citizenship tests consists of 100 total questions, with practice questions on the USCIS website. Applicants must have sufficient knowledge regarding US civics to correctly answer 6 out of 10 questions from the pool of 100 questions. The test itself contains questions regarding the American Government, such as, "How many amendments does the Constitution have?"

Applicants are also expected to possess knowledge US history and general civics information as stated by the USCIS. Expected US history knowledge includes information such as the names of the original 13 states or the name of the first US president. The general civics information includes US geography, federal holidays, and national symbols.

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