The percentage required in order to pass the U.S. citizenship exam is 60 percent for the civics portion. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate minimum competency on the writing, reading and speaking portions of the exam, notes the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The Immigration and Nationality Act requires applicants who wish to become naturalized demonstrate a minimal ability to read, write, and speak words in ordinary usage in the English language and have a base knowledge and understanding of U.S. history, government and civics. The test emphasizes the founding principles of American democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship while also serving as an important instrument to encourage civic learning and attachment to the country, explains notes the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.