The journey to becoming a U.S. citizen is a long one, and one of the final steps is a naturalization or citizenship test. We understand the time, effort, and consideration it takes just to get to this point, so we want to make sure you’re ready for the day you head to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to pass your test.
So, what should you know before you even get to the testing portion?
- Know what’s on the test
While you won’t be able to get a look at the specific questions and tasks on the test, each test follows the same format to be fair to applicants. The best way you can prepare for the test is knowing what specifically you’re preparing for. The exam is broken up into two parts: an English exam and a civics exam.
The English portion of the test will examine your ability to read, write, and speak English. While an overall understanding of the language will best prepare you for your test, it’s important to note you won’t be expected to have more than a basic understanding the language. This means reading young adult or even children’s books could help you prepare.
The civics portion of the test will look into your understanding of United States history and government. There are classes available to those hoping to prepare for this portion of the naturalization test, but you can also use the internet as an extensive tool to learn more. You will be asked up to ten questions about U.S. history and sample questions can be found here. If you’re over 65, the questions are more limited and those examples can be found here.
- There are practice exams
As with the sample questions linked above, there are also sample tests you can take to prepare yourself. We don’t recommend going into the test without taking a few sample tests throughout your studying process to ensure you’re on track to pass.
The USCIS provides a sample test and the most recent version available is for the 2020 test. You can find the sample test and other study materials on the USCIS website. There are also sample tests and questions found throughout the internet such as this practice civics test.
- The test is different based on your circumstances
The naturalization test is not a one-size-fits-all exam. In fact, immigration law allows you to request an easier test if you are over a certain age. Your age, background, amount of time you’ve lived in the U.S., and education are all factors that could impact the type of test you’re asked to take and what content will be on it.
The test isn’t built to make it impossible for you to become a citizen. In fact, the list of exemptions and accommodations is fairly extensive.
- Almost everyone passes
We want you to have peace of mind and not be too stressed leading up to your test. The test has a 91% passage rate because of the preparation and accommodations mentioned above. As long as you commit to your studies and understand what’s going to be on the test in the first place, you’re going to be fine.
At Valvo & Associates, we want to serve, lead, and support you in your journey. Contact us today.