What should I know about taking the civics test?

Hand completing a multiple choice exam.

One of the most crucial parts of the naturalization process is passing the civics test. The civics examination tests your knowledge of information about the United States. You will also be required to take an examination that tests your knowledge reading, writing, and speaking the English language. You will be required to read at least one sentence in English correctly, write one sentence in English correctly, and your speaking test will simply be how well you speak English during your interview with an immigration officer. Some of the questions that you may be asked include information about who the President and Vice President are,

Some of the questions that you may be asked on the civics test include information about who the President and Vice President are, which political party the President belongs to, questions about the Constitution, questions about the branches of government, who your U.S. Representative and Senators are, questions about your rights and responsibilities as a citizen, questions about American history, and more.

There are certain exemptions for these examinations that may be applicable depending on your age. For example, if you are over the age of 65 or you have been a legal resident for a minimum of 20 years, you only have to be prepared for some of the questions provided on the list by the USCIS. Additionally, you may be exempt from the English language test if you are above the age of 50 and have been a legal U.S. resident for 20 years or are above the age of 55 and have been a legal resident for 15 years.

There are so many resources available to assist those studying for the various parts of the naturalization test. It is important that you are aware of the most current information available and are well prepared so you can pass the exams the first time. If you have questions regarding the naturalization exams, speak with an experienced immigration attorney who can provide you with assistance.

The Law Office of Cheryl David practices immigration law throughout NYC. If you have questions as to whether consular processing is right for you, or you can maybe change your status in the United States instead of going home, please contact the office to discuss your situation and options.