Civics Test Update: Don’t Let the Civics Test Stop You From Becoming a U.S. Citizen

If you are a foreign national seeking to become an American citizen, the naturalization process can be a mixture of stress and excitement. One of the last steps to complete before naturalizing to a citizen is the civics test. Passing the civics test is required to become a citizen. A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer will ask a set of up to 10 civics questions. You must answer at least six of these questions correctly. While this may sound difficult, the good news is that USCIS has published all 100 possible civics questions online for review.  One difficulty that you may face when preparing for this exam is the fact that answers to some of the questions will periodically change based on elections. Questions that vary include identifying U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, the President, the Vice President, the number of justices on the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice, state Governors, the political party of the President, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. USCIS publishes up-to-date material regarding these civics test updates that foreign nationals should use to prepare for the civics exam.  As a result of the 2018 election, the answers to some questions have or […]
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USCIS Modernizes Administration of Naturalization Test Through Use of Digital Tablets

USCIS announced that as a part of its ongoing modernization efforts, English reading and writing tests during naturalization interviews will now be administered on digital tablets. This change was unveiled on October 1st. While tablet usage is not completely new to USCIS processes, this step greatly expanded the use of this technology. Previously, digital tablets were used mainly to sign or verify certain parts of applications. In certain circumstances, paper tests are still available for use, determined on a case-by-case basis.  Applicants should note that eligibility requirements and subject matter of the naturalization test has not changed. The only change is regarding how the test is administered. Immigration Services Officers (ISO) will instruct applicants on how to use the digital tablets and styluses before administering the tests. ISOs will give the following instructions prior to the commencement of a test: For the reading test, a sentence will appear on the tablet and the ISO will ask the applicant to read it. For the writing test, several lines will appear on a tablet, replicating the appearance of a piece of blank paper. The ISO will read the sentence aloud and ask the applicant to write it on the tablet. Despite this […]
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Naturalization Civics Test Answer Updates

Are you preparing for the naturalization test? If you have an upcoming naturalization interview, be sure that you know the answers to the most current history and government questions. Periodically, answers change to reflect the results of federal and state elections and appointments or to clarify content and ensure consistency in terminology. The revised answers to the questions below are effective immediately. Question 20 – Who is one of your state’s U.S. senators now? A. The answer to this question may have changed for your state on Jan. 3, 2017, when the 115th Congress began to meet. You can find the name of one of your state’s current U.S. senators here. Question 23 – Name your U.S. representative. A. The answer to this question also may have changed for your state on Jan. 3, 2017, when the 115th Congress began to meet. You can find the name of your state’s current representative here. Question 28 – What is the name of the President of the United States now? A. You may answer: Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, or Trump. Question 29 – What is the name of the Vice President of the United States now? A. You may answer: Michael […]
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What You Need to Know to Pass Your Naturalization Test

Imagine this scenario: You have been a green card holder for the past five years and have made sure to spend less than six months a year outside of the United States. You can now finally apply to become a U.S. citizen! After submitting your application to USCIS and attending your biometrics appointment, you have been scheduled for your final naturalization interview. You’ve heard that the tests are fairly easy and did not think you would need to study. You’re shocked when the interviewing officer asks you question after question that you do not know the answer to. You sadly do not pass the naturalization test that day. The naturalization interview may seem intimidating, but with a little studying and the right resources you can easily pass your naturalization test. Below we will break down each part of the naturalization test to help you understand each section and conquer it. The naturalization test is comprised of two parts:Tthe civics test and the English language test. The Civics Test In order to become a citizen of the United States, you are expected to know a little bit about our country. The purpose of the civics test is to test your knowledge […]
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