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The Naturalization Test: What to Expect

On Behalf of | Jul 22, 2020 | Blog

If you are an immigrant and you want to become a naturalized citizen of the United States, you must go through the naturalization process. There are many requirements for becoming a naturalized citizen (also known as “naturalization”) and one of them is to complete an interview and test. In the interview, you will be asked questions about your personal background and your application for citizenship. On the same day as your interview, you will be given a test. You’ll be tested on your ability to read, write, and speak English as well as your knowledge of U.S. history and the U.S. government. In today’s blog post, we’re taking a look at what you can expect when the time comes to take your naturalization test.

The English section of the test is very straightforward and assesses your language skills. You simply need to prove you can read, write, and speak very basic English — it’s not necessary to be completely fluent by any means, but it’s still a good idea to enroll in a class if you can. The USCIS officer giving the test will ask you to transcribe a sentence to prove you can write in English. You only need to be correct on one sentence. You will also be asked to accurately read aloud one sentence. To make it easier, USCIS has published a Reading Vocabulary List, which we recommend studying as closely as possible before your interview and test day.

Up next is the civics section of the test, where you need to prove your knowledge of U.S. history and the government. You will be asked ten questions and need to get at least six answers right to pass. The USCIS officer will choose what to ask you from a list of 100 questions ranging from “How many amendments does the Constitution have?” to “Why did the colonists fight the British?” You can access the full list of questions from USCIS here. We highly recommend memorizing all of the information.

Since USCIS offers these study resources, the test should not have any surprise questions. If you study hard, you should not have any trouble passing the test. That being said, sometimes nerves can get the better of us and the knowledge that so much is riding on this one day can be overwhelming. If you fail any section of the test, you will have one more chance to try again sixty to ninety days later. If you fail a second time, however, the consequences are more serious – that means you’ll need to start the entire process over and reapply.

At Villegas Law Office, we understand the pressure you are feeling. We often help our clients prepare for the naturalization process, in addition to helping them through the rest of the naturalization process. If you are trying to become a U.S. citizen, you need compassionate and knowledgeable guidance from an immigration attorney. Contact Villegas Law Office today. We can’t wait to hear from you!