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U.S. Citizenship test: 5 Common questions

In the last decade, the United States has welcomed over 6.6 million citizens through the process of naturalization. Immigrants seeking citizenship must first meet several requirements such as living in the United States as a permanent resident for five years, being physically present in the country for the last 30 months, and being able to speak and write English. Once these requirements are met, the applicant must file a naturalization application, attend an interview and pass the citizenship test. After years of preparation, it is normal to approach the test date with anxiety or apprehension, and you may have questions about the test itself. Preparation is the key to success. Following are answers to five common questions about the citizenship test.

  1. What format is the test? Will it be multiple choice?
    During your interview, an Officer from the United States Center for Immigration Services will test your English proficiency, have you sign your name in English, and then administer the civics test. This test is oral; there are no multiple choice questions or essays. 
  2. How many questions are on the citizenship test?
    The USCIS Officer has 100 possible questions, but each applicant is only asked 10 questions. Each applicant must answer at least six answers correctly in order to pass the test. 
  3. Is there a practice test?
    The United States Center for Immigration Services offers a study guide and flash cards for all applicants who are preparing to the take the citizenship test. 
  4. What if I miss my interview and test?
    If you miss your test date and do not reschedule within one year, your case will be closed and your application will be denied. Even if you do reschedule within the approved time frame, missing your original test will significantly postpone your naturalization process. 
  5. What are some typical questions?
    Because the USCIS Officer could ask any 10 questions out of a possible 100, it is best to study the list of questions in its entirety. Some typical questions include:
  • What are the colors of the flag?
  • What is the Constitution?
  • What is an amendment?
  • What are the three branches of the government?
  • Name the two senators of your state.
  • Name the capital of your state.
  • Can the constitution be changed?
  • What are the duties of the Supreme Court?
  • Congress has how many representatives?
  • Name one power of the federal government.
  • What is the capitol of the United States of America?

The road to citizenship can be lengthy and, at times, stressful, especially when spouses and families are involved. No matter where you are in your path to citizenship, we are here to help. If you have any questions about the naturalization process, contact us to speak with an experienced immigration attorney.

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