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The American citizenship test is not a multiple choice test. Your knowledge in US civics will be tested orally. The USCIS interviewing official will ask ten questions from the available hundred questions and you will be considered PASS if you are able to answer at least six out of ten questions correctly.

As far as the English language is concerned, your speaking, reading and writing ability and how well you understand English will be evaluated Out of the given three sentences, you should read one sentence correctly to prove to the USCIS interviewing officials that you are able to understand the meaning of the sentence.

Apart from this, you should also write one sentence correctly from the given three. Your ability to speak English will be judged by the way you reply to the questions asked by USCIS officers during the interview. Finally, the result of your test will be based on how you performed in the test.

If I Fail The Immigration Test?

If your application was rejected/denied because of your failure to pass the English or Civics test, you can apply again as soon as you think you have gathered enough knowledge in English or Civics to pass the tests. You will be given a second chance if you fail any of the tests at your interview, and will be tested again on the portion of the test that you failed between 60 and 90 days from the date of your original interview. If you fail again, your case will be denied.

If you think the USCIS made a mistake in rejecting your application, you can request a hearing with an immigration official. The denial letter that USCIS sends to you will have all the details about how to request a hearing. In this case, you have to file Form N-336,”Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings” under Section 336 of the INA with the correct fee within 30 days from the date you received the denial letter.

After the appeal hearing, if you still feel your case was wrongly denied, you can file a petition for a new review of your citizenship application in a US district court.

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During your citizenship interview, a USCIS Officer will ask you questions about your application and background. To qualify for U.S. citizenship, almost all applicants should take an English language test and a Civics test. Generally, applicants must demonstrate the fact that they can read, write and speak basic English and also that they have basic knowledge of US history and government to pass the  US citizenship test and interview. The English test has three components namely reading, writing, and speaking whereas the civics test covers important U.S. history and government topics.

Your speaking ability will be checked a USCIS Officer during your interview. As far as reading ability is concerned, you have to read one out of three sentences correctly to demonstrate your ability to read in English. To demonstrate your writing ability, you should write one out of three sentences correctly. In Civics, there are 100 questions on the naturalization test. During your interview, you will be asked up to 10 questions from the list of 100 questions. You should answer at least six out of the ten questions correctly to pass the civics test. If you fail any section of the test, you will be retested on the same section of the test that you failed within the next 90 days.

There are a few who are exempted from taking the English Language and Civics Test. Applicants above 50 years of age and who have been permanent residents for periods totaling at least 20 years need not take the English test. But they have to take the Civics test, but can take it in a language of their choice. Such applicants should mark in red 50/20 on top of their citizenship application.

Applicants above 55 years of age and who have been permanent residents for periods totaling at least 15 years need not take the English test. But they have to take the Civics test and can take it in language of their choice. Applicants under this category should mark in red 55/15 on top of their citizenship application.

Applicants above 65 years of age and who have been permanent residents for periods totaling at least 20 years need not take the English test. But they have to take the Civics test, and can take it in a language of their choice. This test will be a simpler version. You will be asked about 10 questions out of a list of 25. Applicants under this category should mark in red 65/20 on top of their citizenship application.

Applicants who have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment where that impairment affects their ability to learn English and Civics are eligible for an exception. Such applicants should file Form N-648 requesting an exception. This form has to be filed along with the citizenship application.

If you are eligible for a waiver of the English proficiency requirement, you should bring an interpreter.

The test is not a multiple choice test. The applicant’s civics knowledge will be tested orally. The interviewing Officer will ask around 10 questions out of the 100 questions. Applicants should answer six out of ten questions correctly to pass the civics test.

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