How can you prepare for the naturalization civics test?

On Behalf of | Sep 17, 2022 | Naturalization |

Arriving at your naturalization interview can feel overwhelming. You are likely excited to finish your citizenship journey and have anxiety about the test to come. Fortunately, according to the USCIS, various resources can help you study for the exam.

Applicants who filed their form N-400 on March 1, 2021, or before December 1, 2020, will have to take the 2008 version of the civics test.

What is the civics test?

The civics test discusses how the government operates and your duties as a citizen. When studying, you may want to focus on the American government, a citizen’s rights and responsibilities and American history. There are 100 possible questions for the civics test, but your interviewer will only ask you 10 out of 100. You can study the questions in your free time before the test so that you do not go into the exam blind. To pass the test, you must answer at least six out of 10 of the questions correctly.

Who is exempt from the civics test?

While everyone has to take the civics test, there are exemptions to how many questions you have to study. For instance, if you are 65 or older and have lived in the U.S. for 20 years or more, you only have to study 20 possible questions before the test. Additionally, you do not have to take the test in English. You can choose to take it in any language you want.

When taking the civics test, remember that some answers can change based on election cycles. Make sure you study the most current civics test guide.