A Comprehensive Guide to the U.S. Citizenship Test

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A Comprehensive Guide to the U.S. Citizenship Test

When applying for citizenship, you must pass the U.S Citizenship Test. The exam is one of the most important parts of your application, and you only have two opportunities to take it. In order to increase your chances of passing, prepare for your exam by learning what kinds of questions will be asked and whether any exemptions or accommodations are available. 

Our attorneys at Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC understand how stressed you may be about preparing for your citizenship exam. We explore some of the information you will need to know. For detailed legal advice, talk to our legal team at a consultation.

What is on the U.S. Citizenship Test?

The U.S. Citizenship Test contains two components, which includes a section that tests your English comprehension skills and a civics component. Preparation is key since you only have two chances to pass. 

  • The English Component: In the English component of the exam, you will complete a reading test, writing test and speaking test. You’ll be assessed for your grammar and vocabulary, and during the spoken portion, your immigration officer will ask you questions about your citizenship application to test your comprehension. The USCIS provides a list of words that may appear on your reading exam, so review these words before taking the test.
  • The Civics Component: You will need a solid understanding of U.S. history and its government for the civics component. A passing score is 6 out of 10, and the test is not multiple choice. About half of the questions will ask about the U.S. government while the rest will test you on American history. Some of the questions will require research on your part so you can study specific information, such as the names of senators in the state you live in. You may also study the list of possible questions provided by the USCIS. Even if you haven’t lived in the U.S. for long, it’s possible to pass with adequate preparation.    

How to Prepare for Your Exam

Preparation is crucial, so study the materials available on the USCIS website. Our attorneys provide a few helpful tips:

  • Start studying for the exam at the soonest opportunity to increase your ability to memorize information. 
  • Review English grammar and vocabulary by watching movies and videos in English and reading children’s books.
  • Practice English with a relative or friend who is knowledgeable in the language. You can also ask them to quiz you on the Civics questions. 
  • Group your study materials together to separate each aspect of the test, such as questions regarding history, civics and English language. 

Before you take your exam, seek accommodations if applicable. Applicants who have a disability may request certain accommodations, such as an interpreter or a test in a larger font size. Additionally, you may ask about certain exemptions from the English portion of the test, which may apply to individuals who:

  • Are aged 50 and older who have lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years, or
  • Are over 55 years old and have held a green card for over 15 years. 

Prepare for Your Citizenship Test With an Attorney

While the idea of completing the U.S. citizenship test may be intimidating, it is a hurdle that you can overcome together with an immigration attorney. Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC. works with you every step of the way to naturalization. Contact us now for a consultation.