What Are Questions on the USCIS Citizenship Test?


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There are a total of 100 possible questions on the USCIS naturalization test, which covers the three categories of American Government, American History and Integrated Civics. Each applicant must correctly answer at least six out of 10 chosen questions in order to pass, according to the USCIS website.

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What Are Questions on the USCIS Citizenship Test?
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The USCIS naturalization interview includes two test sections: an English test and a civics exam. For the civics exam, applicants must demonstrate a basic knowledge of a range of U.S.-related topics, including the principles of American democracy, systems of government, American history and geography, as the USCIS website explains. The civics test is not a multiple choice exam, and examples of test questions include: "How many amendments does the Constitution have?", "Name one branch of government" and "There were 13 original states. Name 3." The entire list of all 100 Civics questions is available on the USCIS website.

The English test is made up of three parts: speaking, reading and writing. Both the English and the civics tests are mandatory unless the applicant qualifies for a waiver, according to USCIS' website. If the applicant fails any portion of either test during the initial interview, the applicant has a second opportunity to retake that particular portion of the test within 60 to 90 days of the original appointment. Study materials, including flash cards and a link to educational materials from the U.S. government bookstore, are all available on the USCIS website.

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