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Civics 101: Naturalization test includes reading, writing, speaking English

J. H. Osborne • Aug 26, 2019 at 6:30 PM

This feature focuses on civics. But for immigrants who reach the opportunity to try to become naturalized U.S. citizens, there is another key factor: They must prove they can read, write and speak English.

According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service:

• During an applicant’s naturalization interview, a USCIS officer will ask questions about the person’s application and background. The applicant will also take an English and civics test unless he or she qualifies for an exemption or waiver. The English test has three components: reading, writing, and speaking. The civics test covers important U.S. history and government topics.

Speaking Test

• An applicant’s ability to speak English will be determined by a USCIS Officer during the eligibility interview on Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

Reading Test

• The applicant must read aloud one out of three sentences correctly to demonstrate an ability to read in English. The Reading Test Vocabulary List is a study tool for the English reading portion of the naturalization test. The content focuses on civics and history topics.

Writing Test

• The applicant must write one out of three sentences correctly to demonstrate an ability to write in English. The Writing Test Vocabulary List is a study tool for the English writing portion of the naturalization test. The content focuses on civics and history topics.

Civics Test

• There are 100 civics questions on the naturalization test. During the naturalization interview, applicants will be asked up to 10 questions from the list of 100 questions and must answer correctly six of the 10 questions to pass the civics test.

• Applicants have two opportunities to take the English and civics tests per application. If an applicant fails any portion of the test during his or her first interview, he or she will be retested on the portion of the test failed between 60 and 90 days from the date of the initial interview.

Source: United States Citizenship and Immigration Service

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