Pass the U.S. Citizenship Test

You’ve waited 5 years or more. You’ve completed the N-400 application and you’re ready for the interview. There’s only one thing standing between you and U.S. citizenship—the U.S. Citizenship Test. Here’s what you need to know to pass it.

In order to pass the test, you’ll need to pass both the English portion and the Civics portion.

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The English Test

The English test is 3-part: speaking, reading and writing.

The speaking portion of the test takes place throughout the interview. It’s important to remember you are only required to speak “basic” English. If you don’t understand a question, you may ask the officer to repeat or rephrase it.

The reading test requires you to read one out of three sentences correctly. It’s OK to omit short words as long as they do not interfere with the meaning of the sentence. It’s also fine to make pronunciation or intonation errors as long as they do not interfere with the meaning of the sentence. In other words, don’t worry if you have an accent.

The writing test requires you to write one out of three sentences correctly. Don’t worry if you make minor grammatical, spelling, punctuation or capitalization errors; it’s possible to pass so long as the errors don’t interfere with the meaning of the sentence. You may also omit short words and numbers may be spelled out or written as digits.

The Civics Test

The civics test requires you to answer six out of ten questions correctly. The questions are chosen from a list of 100, which you can study beforehand. All the questions are multiple choice.

Click here to download the Civics Test questions.

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