To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must take and successfully pass the U.S. citizenship test. The test is administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and is composed of 10 total questions. Any person taking the test must answer at least six of the questions correctly to pass the exam.
This test used to be fairly simple and would ask questions about the colors of the U.S. flag. Recently, however, more complex and detailed questions have been added to the test by the USCIS. Some questions may focus on freedom of religion, important federal laws, and the House of Representatives.
You need prepare for the exam. A lawyer can help you prepare by ensuring that all of your documents are in proper order and ready to be filed. Immigration requirements can be complex and take a long time to complete. When you partner with a trusted legal advisor, you can rest assured that your immigration paperwork will have the necessary information and will be filed on time.
How can I Prepare for the Test?
The best way to prepare for any exam is to study and practice. Before your exam, you will be provided with a study booklet that will help you prepare. Using this guide from the USCIS, you can make sure you pass on the first try.
It is important to note that you can only take the citizenship test twice. Make sure that you have read and understood the information in the USCIS study guide before you take the test.
While the U.S. has no official language, English is the most widely used, and the test is given in English. You will be given three parts of this test: reading, writing, and speaking.
For the reading test, you will see several sentences, only one of which is grammatically correct. You will need to select the correct English sentence out of the choices available.
For the writing test, you will be given several sentences, and you need to write the correct one. This portion of the test examines your ability to write correct sentences in English.
Finally, for the speaking test, you will have a conversation with an officer of the USCIS. The officer may ask you questions about your Form N-400 application. They may also ask about your eligibility for citizenship and why you want to become a citizen. The officer is not looking for a textbook answer but rather an honest answer about why you want to become a U.S. citizen. It is imperative that you answer all of these questions honestly. The officer will also be evaluating your ability to converse in English.
The civics portion of the U.S. citizenship test is the 10 question component. This is not a multiple-choice test, so you need to be absolutely sure that you are fully prepared to answer all questions verbally.
The USCIS officer will ask you 10 questions in English. You must respond in English and answer at least six of the questions correctly to pass the civics portion of the naturalization test.
Who Does Not Have to Take the Test?
There are exemptions to who needs to take this exam. Some applicants may be able to avoid taking the English test but the civics portion is mandatory for all applicants. Some people may be able to take the civics portion in their native language, however.
One of the most common exemptions to taking the English language portion of the test is if you have been a green card holder and lived in the U.S. for at least 20 years. You must also be over 50 years old.
If you are over 55 years old and have been living in the U.S. as a green card holder for at least 15 years, then you may be exempt for the English language portion of the test. You must bring an interpreter with you if you are going to take the civics portion of the exam in your native language.
If you are 65 years old or older and have been living in the U.S. as a permanent resident for at least 20 years, you may receive special consideration for the civics portion of the exam. You will not be able to avoid taking the civics exam, but you may be able to have more targeted questions, making it easier and less time-consuming for you to study.
Finally, if you have a physical or developmental disability, you may be exempt from the entire test. This is an extremely rare exception. You must first file Form N-648 and then submit documentation that your disability is so severe that it makes it nearly impossible for you to take any portion of the U.S. citizenship test.
Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. can Help You Prepare to Become a U.S. Citizen
The U.S. citizenship test contains complex questions. While you still only need to get six out of 10 questions correct in order to pass, the questions have recently been revised and include more difficult questions. To help you prepare and to make certain you have correctly completed all of your pre-test applications, speak with our Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Call us at 215-925-4435 or complete our online form for an initial consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and nationwide.