Preparing for your citizenship test

Finally earning a naturalization interview with USCIS can feel like a massive achievement. It is the final step in the application process that will determine whether you receive U.S. citizenship. As a result, you want to make sure that you prepare for the interview in advance so that you can feel confident when the day comes.

An important part of the interview is the citizenship test, which examines both your fluency in the English language as well as your understanding of the U.S. Constitution. Thankfully, there are many online study guides you can rely on. Here are some suggestions on how you can make the most of them to prepare for both aspects of the citizenship test:

  • English Test -- There are three parts to the English test: speaking, reading and writing. USCIS provides vocabulary charts that list the words you will likely be tested on. Look through the charts and identify any words you may have difficulty pronouncing or spelling. Practice speaking and writing these words so that you can feel confident during the test.
  • Civics Test -- This test examines your understanding of American history and government. USCIS provides a list online of all 100 questions you could possibly be tested on, although you will only be asked ten of them during your interview. Review the list so that you can become familiar with the full range of topics you may encounter.

Consider any unique needs you may have

Apart from studying, it is also important to plan for any special needs you may have. For example, if you have a physical disability or a mental impairment that may affect your ability to take any portion of the test, you might be able to request an exemption. If English is not your native language, you may also be able to bring an interpreter with you to the interview. It can be helpful to discuss your needs with an immigration attorney who can inform you of your options and help you file the necessary paperwork.

Earning a naturalization interview brings you one step closer to U.S. citizenship. You do not have to let the citizenship test overwhelm you. When you prepare for the test ahead of time, you can walk into your interview feeling self-assured and ready to answer any questions that come your way.

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