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What Are the Questions on the U.S. Citizen Test?

The U.S. naturalization test or US citizenship test has two components - English and Civics. The English portion tests your knowledge of the English language, such as your ability to read, write and speak English. The Civics portion tests your knowledge of U.S. history and government. The Civics test is an oral test and the USCIS Officer will ask the applicant up to 10 of the 100 civics questions. An applicant must answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly to pass the civics portion of the test.

Everyone has two chances to pass the test. If you don't pass on your first try, you will be re-tested within sixty and ninety days from the date of your original test. If you pass the English portion on the first try, but not the Civics portion, you will only be retested on the Civics portion - you will not have to retake any portion of the test that you passed on the first go around.

If you do not pass both tests the second time, you cannot become a naturalized U.S. citizen, and USCIS will deny your application. Luckily however, most people who take the test, do pass it. As reported by CNN, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service reports that, as of 2016, the overall national pass rate is 91%.

USCIS provides very helpful study materials to help you pass the test. You can access the study materials here: https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test.

The Washington Post put out an interactive online naturalization test for US citizens to take. Contrary to the high immigrant pass rate, one in three native-born citizens fail the civics portion of the naturalization test.

If you have questions about the US Citizenship test or any other part of the naturalization process, contact us and we'll be happy to help you.