U.S. Citizenship Test – How the officer tests your knowledge of U.S. Civics

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Updated: December 20, 2020

Important Update to the Civics Test:

There has been a change to the civics test part of the Naturalization Test for 2020. The English Test part of the Naturalization Test which includes a, reading, writing and speaking has not changed.

▶ If your Naturalization filing date is before Dec, 1, 2020, you will take the 2008 version of the civics test.

▶ If your Naturalization filing date is after Dec, 1, 2020, you will take the 2020 version of the civics test.

The 2020 version of the Civics Test has 128 questions. You will be asked to answer 20 out of the 128 civics test questions. You will have to answer 12 questions correctly in order to pass the 2020 version of the civics test. All test questions are asked orally.

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.

Both the 2008 version and 2020 version will be administered at the same time for a certain period of time. You will take the version you qualify for, depending on when you filed your N400 form/ Application for Naturalization.

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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2 Comments » for U.S. Citizenship Test – How the officer tests your knowledge of U.S. Civics
  1. Zufan says:

    How do I can get test

    • admin says:

      Hi Zufan,

      We recommend that you contact USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) to assist you with your inquiry.

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