What Questions Are on the U.S. American Citizenship Test?


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The U.S. citizenship exam includes two sub-components: an English test and a civics test, according to USCIS.gov. The English test involves an oral speaking test as well as reading and writing tests of the applicant's vocabulary. The civics test assesses knowledge of American government, integrated civics and history.

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services branch of the Department of Homeland Security publishes the content that applicants are required to study in advance of their English and civics tests on USCIS.gov. For the American government component of the civics test, applicants must study the principles of American democracy, American systems of government, and American rights and responsibilities. For the integrated civics component, applicants must familiarize themselves with geography, symbols and holidays. Under American history, applicants must study the Colonial period and U.S. independence, the 1800s, recent American history and other miscellaneous items. Specific, comprehensive questions are posted on USCIS.gov.

For the oral test, applicants must be able to answer questions asked as a part of their standard eligibility interview. For the reading test, applicants must be able to correctly read at least one out of three sentences provided to them, with vocabulary centered around American civics. The writing test is similar to the reading test, but requires applicants to correctly write one out of three sentences provided to them. Examples of vocabulary include "American flag," "Abraham Lincoln" and "freedom of speech."

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