The Citizenship Test: What to Expect

The Citizenship Test: What to Expect

If you are applying for naturalization, there are several steps to complete your application. One of these steps is a naturalization test, which tests your ability to read, write, and speak English, as well as measure your knowledge of U.S. history and government. Here’s what you should expect from these examinations.

Language Test

The English proficiency test is meant to demonstrate that you are able to participate in the economic and social aspects of life in the U.S. without too much difficulty or a language barrier. The test has three parts:

  • Reading: You may be asked to read out loud certain sections of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  • Writing: You may be asked to write one or two simple sentences.
  • Speaking: Your ability will be tested when you answer questions about yourself during the interview.

It isn’t required that you are fluent in English, but you must show that you are proficient enough to interact with others without struggling. If you are concerned about your grasp of English, an English as a Second Language course can help you prepare for your interview and exam.

Civics Test

The civic test looks for understanding and knowledge of basic U.S. history and government functioning. If you are medically determined as having a physical or mental impairment that impacts your capacity to learn or understand relevant information, this section may be waived. Additionally, this test may also be waived if you have been living in the U.S. for more than 20 years or you are over the age of 65.

The questions on this test are simple, and focus on the function of the government, how elections occur and how government officials are appointed, significant dates for the U.S. government, and some history questions about the U.S. The U.S. Customs and Immigration Services provide study materials to help you prepare for the test.

Successfully naturalizing in the U.S. takes a considerable amount of preparation and understanding of the process. Our San Jose immigration attorneys have helped many other clients successfully achieve their dreams of citizenship, and we can help you too. Schedule a consultation with our team at Verma Law Firm to learn more.

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