USCIS Naturalization Test to Become Fully Implemented

USCIS Naturalization Test to Become Fully Implemented

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reminding the public that beginning Oct. 1, all citizenship applicants must take the new naturalization test, regardless of when they filed their Application for Naturalization (Form N-400). “Becoming a United States citizen carries with it extraordinary rights and responsibilities,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “Our new test captures the meaning of citizenship and is consistent with our values and history as a nation.” The revised naturalization test will help strengthen integration efforts by emphasizing fundamental concepts of American democracy, basic U.S. history, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. USCIS began administering the new naturalization test Oct. 1, 2008, with two basic objectives – to ensure a uniform test administration nationwide and to develop a civics test that can effectively assess an applicant’s knowledge of U.S. history and government. Up until Oct. 1, 2009, applicants who had filed for naturalization before Oct. 1, 2008, had a choice of taking the old test or the new test. Currently, the overall pass rate for the new test is 91 percent. To learn more about U.S. citizenship and the naturalization test, logon to www.uscis.gov/citizenship. For more information on USCIS and its programs, visit www.uscis.gov.