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How immigrants can prepare for naturalization tests

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2024 | Naturalization/Citizenship

Many foreign nationals only live in the United States temporarily. They obtain a visa for work or education. When that visa expires, they must pursue other immigration options or prepare to return to their country of origin.

Others may become permanent residents by applying for a green card. Those with green cards might eventually decide they would like to become citizens. Citizens do not have to worry about removal from the United States and have many other rights, such as the right to vote and run for political office.

Becoming a citizen requires that someone first complete the naturalization process. That process includes an interview with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). During that interview, an immigrant typically needs to pass a test in Civics and another test in English. Those who do not pass the tests cannot become citizens.

How can people prepare for naturalization tests effectively?

USCIS resources

English is a very difficult language to learn. Especially when someone is an adult, Mastery of the English language is a daunting prospect. Thankfully, the USCIS does provide vocabulary study guides to help people better prepare for the test. Mastering the vocabulary suggestions provided by the USCIS can improve someone’s chances of communicating effectively during the test that looks at their ability to write, read and speak in English.

There is also a Civics test that looks at someone’s knowledge of the history of the United States and its government. The USCIS provides a list of 100 questions. During the interview, a USCIS worker may ask up to 10 questions. The immigrant typically needs to answer at least six of those questions correctly to pass the test. The Civics test is a verbal test, not a written test. Those who study the questions provided by the USCIS may feel prepared for the test and more confident about their ability to answer at least six of the Civics questions correctly.

Community services can also help with someone’s preparation for the naturalization test. Local English classes and tutoring programs could potentially help those worried about their ability to communicate in English or fully master the 100 different Civics questions they may need to answer.

The more time that immigrants allow when preparing for the immigration interview and tests, the better their chances of successfully naturalizing. Learning more about USCIS policies and resources, and seeking legal guidance whenever necessary, may benefit those hoping to become citizens.