US Citizenship Exam Pattern, Details and Insights



US Citizenship Test, which is also known as The American Civics Test/U.S. Civics Test, is a mandatory examination that all the immigrants have to pass to be eligible for the United States citizenship. The Citizenship Test is designed to evaluate if a candidate has the sufficient knowledge of American culture, values, history, traditions, everyday life and proficiency of the English language. The test is known to be in English language and the passing criteria is to score 60% marks or above. This test has also been made mandatory for all high school students in America to pass before their graduation. There is a total of 100 questions in The American Civics Test. Each high school student has to answer all the 100 questions regarding topics like U.S. history, constitution and government to complete high school graduation. Whereas a candidate who is seeking naturalization (citizenship) in the United States will be asked only 10 questions randomly selected from the 100 questions. The candidate will have to get at least 6 questions right to pass the exam. The Test is conducted by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the detailed information regarding the US Civics Test can be found on the USCIS official website. USCIS has changed some of the norms of application for US citizenship, hence candidates must first go through the contents of revised sections before filling the Online Application for Naturalization (US Citizenship Test). To Prepare well, candidates are advised to attempt US Citizenship Exam previous year question papers.


 Exam Pattern  |  Syllabus  |  Eligibility Criteria 

Key Highlight
of US Citizenship Test
Application fee
$725 (Rs. 49,231.12)
US Citizenship Test Process
First, Civics Test Second, Reading Third, Writing Fourth and last, Speaking
Mode of Test
verbal/oral
Total questions
10
Duration
not specified.

Eligibility To Apply For Us Citizenship Test •

 If You’re 18 Years Or Older. • You Must Have Spent The Minimum Time (5 Years) As Permanent Resident With Green Card In Usa. • You Must Have Good Moral Character. • You Should Be Able To Speak And Write Basic English. • You Must Be Willing To Support The Us Constitution By Taking An Oath Of Allegiance To The United States.

US Citizenship Test Process of becoming an American Citizen

The Naturalization Interview or Citizenship Test is the deciding factor in getting US citizenship, which is actually consisted of four stages.

 

  • First, Civics Test: There are 100 civics questions on the citizenship test. During your naturalization interview, you will be asked up to 10 questions from the list of 100 questions. You must correctly answer at least 6 of the 10 questions to pass the civics test.
  • Second, Reading: You must read one out of three sentences correctly to show that you have an ability to read in English.
  • Third, Writing: You must write one out of three sentences correctly to show that you have an ability to write in English.
  • Fourth and last, Speaking: The USCIS interviewer will determine your ability to speak English based on you N-400 application.

 

 

Pattern of The American Civics Test

The test is known to be in English language and the passing criteria is to score 60% marks or above. This test is mandatory for all high school students in America to pass before their graduation. There is a total of 100 questions in The American Civics Test. Each high school student has to answer all the 100 questions regarding topics like U.S. history, constitution and government to complete high school graduation. Whereas a candidate who is seeking naturalization (citizenship) in the United States will be asked only 10 questions randomly selected from the 100 questions. The candidate will have to get at least 6 questions right to pass the exam.

  • Mode of Test is verbal/oral
  • Total questions: 10
  • Negative marking: No
  • Passing criteria: securing 60% or above
  • Duration: not specified.

The real American Civics Test will not be an online test with multiple choices but an oral exam. An USCIS office will ask the candidate ten randomly selected questions from the list of 100 questions in English. A candidate is required to answer at least 6 questions correctly to pass the test. This test will also be regarded as the speaking test as the candidate will have to answer the questions verbally.

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