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!

34 Comments » for U.S. Citizenship Test – What happens if you fail it?
  1. Iris Haberberger says:

    If you fail twice (one application) and you file a new application, must you take all of the tests again?

    • Read what is provided. says:

      Yes, of course. Why would you not have to retake what you failed?

      • Yianna says:

        Let me rephrase the question….If you fail twice portion of the tests, say the english test and you file a new application, must you take all of the tests again? Even the ones you passed the first time? In our example, you failed twice the english test but passed all others?

  2. Dinoska beltre genao says:

    Hey good morning. How are you. My name is Dinoska I’m born in republican Dominique’s. Mover here in New York 2010 4 may I’m old 21. I and. My brother. Pick up my father live in from pensivania. My father is faults me sex possible bad is lots. But I don’t have job nerve long time now. I’m deaf and problems hear an little more I want need search hope get job please I have resident green and security number private USA here it. I have passports republican Dominique’s only. I don’t have passports USA. I don’t have job long time. But my cousin not help me none money. My brother in live New York. He don’t talk with me block me not supposed none. He don’t miss me It’s ok thanks you help me I want learning usa please

  3. Graziano Souza says:

    I have a question I did not pass the test of writing on paper was placed that I failed to read but the question and when will I have to do the whole test as the first time

  4. Ehtee says:

    One of my neighbors fail the test twice and was told that he didn’t understand English and can’t read English but only can memorize the 100 question, is there anyway to apply for it again with some support such as doctors, attorneys? And he’s over 60… please help

  5. :Ferdos Jou says:

    I attended citizenship interview on January 15, 2019 , I passed writting ,reading ,speaking and knowledge of U.S.historyand government without any mistake , but unfortunately I did not pass understanding English ,!, Can you please lead me how can I pass it the second time .?and when will be the next time interview .?

  6. Bardha cezmalli says:

    Hi! My husband attends citizenship interview today. He passed all steps only understand he didn’t pass. Next time he’s going to do all test again?

    • Read what is provided. says:

      The above listed information clearly states that one only retakes the portion of the test that they did not pass. Read what is provided before asking questions!

  7. Nika Pirmoradi says:

    Hi , my mom has 70 years old she couldn’t pass interview for first time they gave her another chance in 2 months, we are confused because they gave her a paper that showed she didn’t pass writing and understanding English, we are not sure what part of the interview she should practice more because (understandingesh English) is a general topic. Could you help me please?
    My mom told me the officer didn’t ask her to take the Oath at the beginning of the interview ,she was waiting in front of chair , but he never asked her , is it normal ?

  8. Juanita Cruz says:

    Hi, my question is, is there a deadline of when you have to take the second test if you don’t pass it the first time? My father took the test a couple years ago but never went back to take the test a second time.

    • Read what is provided. says:

      Is says, clearly, in the above information that you have 60-90 days to retake the test. Did you read the above information?

  9. Giang Nguyen says:

    I just failed my interviews twice and my question is .
    Anyone got any paper from USCIS when you guys failed twice .

  10. Fatima says:

    What if the officer denied your application for neutralization , but you did not receive any denial written notice after 3 months?

  11. A says:

    I tow ice so what am I do failed taste b/ my The marriage status

  12. Akif says:

    My mother is 70 years old and failed English test . I have noticed she got intimidated by the agent , Is the a chance she is going to get the same agent on next interview ?
    Thank you

  13. Lima says:

    How months 3rd u.s citizenship interview

  14. Tehseen F Chohan says:

    Hi, a friend of mine and his wife twice failed the naturalization interview. Can they reapply or request for another interview?

  15. Aung Win Naing says:

    I pass the reading and writing and 100 questions but I fail the background part the question is if I go take second time did I have to retake all or did I have to retake only the one that I fail ?

  16. Dzung Nguyen says:

    I failed the us citizenship interview. Do I have to make a schedule to retake the test or they will schedule for me to retake the exam within 30-90 days?

  17. Bokelo Mukoko says:

    If 90 days pass your first interview failed you no receive your second appointment retakes test what do you do?

  18. Yianna says:

    This goes to the moderator of this discussion board. You should take out those haters that find pleasure in other people’s struggles. Let me know if you want me to spell out their name:)

  19. Joel Kayiwa says:

    Hi my name is Joel Kayiwa and today I could the citizenship test. I passed reading, writing and the 10 questions, but unfortunately I didn’t pass the test because I told them that I don’t swear to believe in the Constitution. And they said my case is Continued.

    • Leonardo says:

      Si no crees en la Constitucion de este Pais, que haces aqui?, mucho menos no debistes tomar el examen para Naturalizarte como Ciudadano Americano.

  20. Francis says:

    So what if you fail twice. Do you get a refund or do you just forfeit your 700 plus dollars? Just curious. I’m about to apply.

  21. Mital says:

    I have a question I did not pass the test of writing if I go take second time did I have to retake all or did I have to retake only the one that I fail ?

  22. Anta sene says:

    I have a question I didn’t pass the test of writing if I go take the test second time do I have to retake it or only the writing test I failed for my citizenship todays 7,29,2020
    Anta sene

  23. Yohani says:

    I just failed my interviews twice and my question is .
    Anyone got any paper from USCIS when you guys failed twice .
    When I have to apply again?

  24. Leonardo says:

    Este es un pais grande y fuerte, y con la ayuda de Dios, los Estadounidenses de buen corazon y el trabajo de los Inmigrantes comprometidos, volveremos al desarrollo, la prosperidad y la tranquilidad de esta gran Nacion.

  25. admin says:

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