Updated: April 5, 2023
Important Update to the Civics Test:
All applicants are required to take the 2008 civics test.
Exception: if you filed your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, on or after December 1, 2020, and before March 1, 2021, and were scheduled for your initial examination (interview) before April 19, 2021, you may choose to take the 2008 or 2020 civics test as you go through the naturalization process.
2020 version of the civics test:
The English test portion of the naturalization test, which includes a speaking/reading/writing test, has not changed. Only the civics test is different.
The 2008 version of the Civics Test has 100 questions. You will be asked to answer 10 out of the 100 civics test questions. You will have to answer 6 questions correctly in order to pass the 2008 version of the civics test. All test questions are asked orally.
The 2020 version of the Civics Test has 128 questions. The USCIS officer will ask you to answer 20 out of the 128 civics test questions. 12 questions out of 20 must be answered correctly in order to pass the 2020 version of the civics test. All questions on the test are asked orally.
During your U.S. citizenship test interview, the USCIS officer will ask you to orally answer some civics questions to test your knowledge of U.S. Civics (Government, History, Geography, Symbols and Holidays). As soon as you have correctly answered the required amount of questions correctly, the officer will stop and you will have passed the civics portion of the citizenship test.
You will not fail if you provide an alternative phrasing of the correct answer.
The questions will be asked exactly as written on the Civics Questions and Answers list but the officer could re-phrase the question to make you understand it better.
The civics portion of the interview is a spoken test. The officer will speak the question out loud and you will also respond verbally. You won’t be required to read or write anything.
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