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Explanation of the U.S. Citizenship Test

The naturalization process requires an applicant or US citizenship to pass a two-part naturalization examination.

What the Test Entails

The first part is a test that will assess the applicant’s ability to read, write, and speak English. Your ability to speak English will be determined by the government officer during your interview. For the reading portion of the examination an officer will have an applicant read aloud one of three possible sentences. The applicant will then be asked to write one of three possible sentences correctly in English in order to pass the writing portion.

The second part of the test is a civics examination that evaluates the applicant’s knowledge of the government and US history. There are 100 possible civic questions on the naturalization test. During the interview you will be asked of the 10 questions from the list of 100. You must answer correctly six of the ten questions to pass this portion the civics exam.

What Happens If Someone Does Not Pass?

If you fail any part of the examination the first time you will have one more chance to take the English or the civics portion of the test before your case is denied. Generally, an officer will reschedule your appointment on that portion of the test for 60 to 90 days from the date of your initial interview.

After passing this two-part examination the USCIS officer will start the review of your N-400 application.

Qualifying for a Waiver

In some instances, you may also qualify for a waiver or exemption of the English and civics test. This exemption is usually based on your age and time as a green card holder or if you have certain medical conditions.

Please contact us today should you have any questions. We would be happy to help you evaluate your case or accompany you to your interview. Please call us today at 855-554-6369.

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