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U.S. Citizenship Test – What happens if you fail it?

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To get your U.S. citizenship, you must pass a U.S. Citizenship Test. So what happens if you do not pass your test the first time?

If you fail your test the first time, you will be given only one more chance.

The USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) officer must give you a notice of results (form N-652) at the end of the interview that will tell you if you passed or failed, or if for some reason your case is continued.

There are a number of reasons that the USCIS might not approve your citizenship application the first time.

U.S. Citizenship Test – English Test and Civics Test

You might have failed the English portion of the U.S. citizenship test (the speaking/comprehension test, the writing test, or the reading test) or, you might have failed the Civics portion of the test. You will be retested only on the portion of the test that you have failed and your retest will take place within a maximum of 60 to 90 days of the date of your first interview.

U.S. Citizenship Test – Additional Information to provide

The officer might not be able to make a decision because you have failed to provide additional information relevant to your citizenship application (maybe, for example you forgot to include a relevant document in your first application). In this case, the officer will give you a written request, called Form N-14, for the specific documentation or information you have failed to provide. The written request will also explain to you how to respond to the request. You may respond by mail by a certain date (in general you have 30 days to respond with the appropriate additional information); or in person at the next interview. It is very important that you clearly understand what kind of documentation or information is requested of you on the N-14 form. If it is not clear to you, ask the officer for an explanation.

If you have to send additional information by mail, make sure that:

● you include a copy of your N-14 form

● you mail your N-14 form a timely manner so that USCIS receives it before the deadline

● you use a certified or express mail service so that you get a proof of mailing

If you fail to follow the instructions, USCIS could deny your application.

U.S. Citizenship Test – Common reasons for U.S. citizenship application to be permanently denied

There are some reasons that will cause your application to be permanently denied, with no possibility of a second chance.

For example, if you have ever been charged with murder or an aggravated felony, the USCIS will most likely deny your application permanently. The USCIS runs a criminal background check for all citizenship applications. They are likely to find all of your convictions, even in foreign countries, so don’t think you can hide anything. If you have ever been arrested, you should seek the advice of an immigration lawyer before filling out an N-400 form and applying for citizenship.

Another example that could disqualify for citizenship is the continuous residence and/or physical presence requirement. To understand these requirements in detail, click here.

You could also be denied citizenship permanently if you fail to pay taxes and you cannot prove to the USCIS that you are in the process of dealing with this issue.

You could also be denied citizenship permanently for lying or making false statements, even if the errors are non-intentional, so it very important that all of your answers are truthful and accurate. You will also be denied if USCIS finds out that you have lied in the past in order to get immigration benefits.

To find all the reasons why you could be permanently denied citizenship, seek the advice and guidance of USCIS and/or an immigration lawyer.

If the officer denies your application, he/she must give you (or your lawyer, or representative) a written denial notice within 120 days of the initial U.S. citizenship test. In this case, you may choose to request an appeal hearing with a USCIS officer. If you choose to request an appeal hearing you must fill out form N-336 and send it, along with the fee, within 30 days from the receipt of your denial letter.

Study for your second U.S citizenship test

If you have failed the English or Civics Tests, you will be tested again on the portion of the test that you have failed. If you fail at your second attempt, your citizenship application will be denied. So you need to be well prepared! We offer a FREE U.S. Citizenship Test complete online training program to help you pass your test. Good luck on your U.S citizenship test!

84 Comments » for U.S. Citizenship Test – What happens if you fail it?
  1. Today, I failed my first test after I answered all the interviewer’s questions correctly because I was told my address is different on my application. When I checked my application I was shocked to see that it’s the same as my answer. It’s crazy, I don’t know if the interviewer is racist or what.

  2. My wife took her Citizenship test last week. She told me that the USCIS officer conducted English portion of the U.S. citizenship test (the speaking/comprehension, writing, reading and civics test. She is sure she passed all or her test. When the officer got to the criminal history he became very upset at my wife because he claimed she didn’t provide evidence of a detention she had where she was detained and given a “Detention Certificate” by the arresting agency stating that the taken into customer of her was only a detention and not an arrest. Somehow the interviewing officer didn’t receive a copy of the Detention Certificate, DA Letter of no charges filed and a Court document of no record found. I acted as my wife’s representative and translator and I am 100% sure I attached those three documents to the N-400 online application. When I log into my wife’s USCIS account the three documents are attached but somehow the interviewing officer claimed that my wife didn’t submit them. I spoke to a supervisor and she told me that their system and the system they use to submit the N400 online via uscis.gov don’t always talk to each other. This clearly appears to be a mistake on their end, my wife even presented the original documents the day of the interview, the officer made copies of them and told her that she did well on everything but that she would need to come again because she “omitted” documentation. Don’t know how he can claim this if the detention was clearly stated on the N400 and the supporting documents were attached. The supervisor went on to informed me that my wife had supposedly failed the Civics test (a clear lie). The officer failed her based on error I mentioned above, he had already made up his mind. What I don’t understand is why would he fail her based on the Civics test and not state that there was a lack of documentation? My best guest is that since my wife bought the original documents with her he couldn’t fail her based on that, so he proceeded to commit a CRIME and lied about why she didn’t pass. Has anyone had issues submitting the N400 application online and documents not transmitting? This is clearly an injustice! I just hope it gets resolved.

  3. If I passed the civics test, but failed on English (speaking) test, what will they test me on again for second attempt? Do I still need to take civics tests again as well?

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

      1. Hello sir and madam.

        If someone fail the writing test the first time, would ask the same questions the second time. But I know the portion must be ask, but not sure the same three questions or not. Very nervous, could you please answer me. Thanks

        1. Hi Sam, we recommend that you contact USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) to assist you with your inquiry.

  4. Good information. Lucky me I recently found your website by accident (stumbleupon). I’ve bookmarked it for later!

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