To become naturalized U.S. citizens, immigrants must fulfill many different criteria, including first achieving lawful permanent resident status, maintaining continuous residence in the U.S., and demonstrating good moral character. One of the final steps in becoming a U.S. citizen is passing a civics test, and this can be a source of apprehension for those who are unsure of what to expect. However, it is possible to study and prepare so that you can go into the test with greater confidence.
In 2020, the Trump administration introduced a revised civics test that doubled the number of questions asked and the number of correct responses required to pass. However, in early 2021, this new test was canceled. As of April 19, 2021, almost all immigrants pursuing naturalized citizenship will take the version of the test that was established in 2008.
The 2008 civics test is administered orally, in English, and includes 10 questions. In order to pass the civics test, you must respond correctly to 6 of the 10 questions. These questions are pulled from a list of 100 that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides as a study resource.
The list of 100 questions includes topics from the following three major categories:
American government - This category includes questions about the U.S. Constitution, the system of government and the three major branches, and the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.
American history - This category includes questions about American independence and the foundation of the American government, as well as important people and events throughout America’s history.
Integrated civics - This category includes questions about American geography, Independence Day and other national holidays, and symbols of the U.S., including the flag and the national anthem.
In addition to a list of all of the questions that may be asked in each of these categories, USCIS also provides a list of acceptable answers to each question. By thoroughly studying these questions and answers, you can improve your chances of passing the civics test and avoiding delays in your naturalization.
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