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The different parts of the citizenship test

Many people consider the United States the land of opportunity. As a result, you may have come to the country years ago on a visa in hopes of taking advantage of the opportunities offered. Over time, you may have come to consider this country your home and built a life here. Now, you feel ready to work toward obtaining citizenship.

The road toward naturalization is not always an easy one to follow. You may have already gone through many parts of the process and now face the citizenship test. While this part of the proceedings may seem intimidating, you do not have to fear the test, and you can prepare ahead of time.

What to expect

First, you need to understand that the test will have two parts. The first part will focus on your abilities in relation to using the English language. If you are not fluent in English, you do not have to fear this part of the test as being entirely fluent is not necessary. However, you will need to prove that you have a proficiency in the language. The test will require you to show this proficiency through speaking, writing and reading. The actions for each section include:

  • The speaking portion will generally take place as the officer verifies your information. Rather than having a separate test, he or she will verbally ask you to verify certain information, and you will verbally answer in English.
  • With the reading section, the officer may ask you to read certain parts of your application aloud.
  • In order to show your writing proficiency, you will likely need to write a couple of simple sentences.

The second part of the test is the civics test, which will involve you answering approximately 10 questions about United States history and government. If you feel worried about the questions, you can look up a list of possible questions and answers that your test may have. Additionally, you may utilize various resources that can help you study for your test.

Seeking help

The citizenship test is one of the final steps toward becoming a naturalized citizen. Because of the importance of the test, you will certainly want to make sure that you have taken the correct steps up until this point and have properly prepared for the test itself.

If you have questions or concerns regarding any part of the citizenship test, you may want to consult with an attorney. A legal professional well versed in immigration law can help ensure that all of your necessary affairs are in order.

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