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What Is the Citizenship Test?

The U.S. Citizenship Test, or "Citizenship Exam", is a requirement for obtaining U.S. citizenship. During the civics exam, the applicant will be tested on their knowledge of U.S. civics and history. For instance, the person may be asked questions regarding the U.S. flag, former presidents, U.S. independence, branches of government, and other topics. Only persons who qualify for naturalization can take the test (usually green card holders). There is also an English portion of the test.

Before taking the test, the applicant must undergo several other steps during what is known as the naturalization process. This may involve submitting various citizenship applications, forms, and documents. The person may also be subject to residency requirements, background checks, interviews, and other requirements. The actual test usually occurs late in the process, as it is one of the last steps before citizenship is granted.

How Can I Prepare for the Test?

Preparation for the test usually involves obtaining materials provided on the USCIS website. These will help the applicant understand the nature of the test, and will provide them with sample questions which they can study from. It often helps to have a friend or family assist with the reviewing (especially someone who is already a U.S. citizen). A lawyer can also provide professional services in preparing for the exam.

In some cases, the civics exam (as well as the English exam) may be waived by immigration authorities. You may need to consult with a lawyer regarding qualification for these exemptions from the exam portion of the application. Immigration laws prescribe strict penalties for persons who attempt to cheat on the exam, or who engage in fraud in any aspect of the naturalization process.

What If I Don’t Pass the Citizenship Test?

Generally, the applicant is given two chances to pass the citizenship exam. If they fail their first exam, they can usually retake the portion of the exam that they failed. Their re-test will occur somewhere between 60-90 days from the date of their first exam. After a second failure, the person may be required to re-apply, which would involving paying the fees again. Failing the test won’t change the person’s lawful permanent resident status; however, they won’t be able to obtain citizenship without passing the test.

In some cases, it may be possible to contest the results of the citizenship. For instance, if the person feels that the test was not administered properly, or the test was somehow erroneous, they might be able to file a complaint. This may require additional documentation, as well as the assistance of an immigration lawyer.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with the U.S. Citizenship Test?

The U.S. Citizenship Test is an important step towards becoming a U.S. citizen. It is not necessarily an overly-difficult test; however, one does need to prepare properly for it. You may need to hire an immigration lawyer in your area if you need help with the Citizenship Exam. Your attorney can help you or a loved one of yours prepare for the exam, which can help increase the chances of success on the test. Also, if you need to contest the results of a previous test, your attorney can assist with that as well.

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Last Modified: 03-02-2015 12:47 PM PST

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