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What topics are on a citizenship test?

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The US citizenship test, also known as the naturalization test, has two components: English and civics. The English part of the test is further subdivided into tests of speaking, reading and writing. Topics included in the civics part of the test include politics and political history, with questions including "Who is the president of the United States?" and "When was the Constitution written?"

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The English speaking ability of applicants for citizenship is judged as part of an interview with a USCIS Officer. Their ability to read English sentences is judged on the basis of their reading at least one of three sentences aloud. Their writing ability is deemed sufficient to fulfill the naturalization requirements if they correctly write at least one of three sentences.

There are a total of 100 questions that may be presented to applicants for the civics part of the test. However, they are only required to answer a maximum of 10, six of which must be answered correctly in order to pass. Applicants are permitted two attempts to pass each part of the citizenship test, with any necessary re-tests being held between 60 and 90 days after the first.

The U.S. citizenship test has drawn criticism from some, who point out that it measures only an applicant's ability to memorize information, and not their actual understanding of American politics and history.

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