Tips for the Naturalization Exam
Studying for exams can be difficult. One of the most important exams for U.S. foreign nationals is the naturalization exam. U.S. citizenship is available for certain lawful permanent residents. There are several benefits to U.S. citizenship, including the right to vote, certain public benefits, and certain employment opportunities, and much more. U.S. citizenship marks the end of the immigration journey for most foreign nationals. Knowing what to study, how to study, and how to answer are tricky and confusing topics. Do not fret, as Ibrahim Law Office is here to help you!
The naturalization exam is broken down into different sections: speaking, reading, writing, and U.S. History and Civics. Certain exemptions to the exam requirements exist and may be available to you. If you believe you may qualify for an exemption, please contact our offices for a consultation. Let us break down these sections and take a deeper look into the information surrounding them.
The speaking exam consists of you speaking the English language as clearly as possible. This is done over the course of your naturalization interview as you communicate with a USCIS officer. Practice speaking and listening to English. Try speaking with a friend or relative who knows English. Recite words from English songs and watch English television shows.
The reading portion of the naturalization exam requires you to read, out loud, sentences provided to you by the USCIS officer. Again, a great method for this is to read patriotic material, such as the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance. USCIS has provided a list of recommended words for the applicant to study and learn before taking the exam, which can be found here.
The writing portion is similar to the reading portion, but instead you must write one sentence accurately. Don't forget to get some practice writing in the English language! You can find some quality sources and material online that can help you with maintaining English writing skills, as well as a list provided by the USCIS, which can be found here.
The last component of the naturalization exam is U.S. history and civics. You will be asked any 10 out of 100 pre-set possible questions. It is very important to know all 100 answers to the questions in order to respond correctly and pass! You must answer at least 6 out of the 10 questions the USCIS officers asks correctly in order to pass the U.S. history and civics exam. You can find the list of 100 questions here. Put these questions on flashcards to learn, have a friend or family member quiz you, or read them from the list and try to answer them without looking.
USCIS says that “you have two opportunities to take the English and civics tests per application. If you fail any portion of the test during your first interview, you will be retested on the portion of the test that you failed between 60 and 90 days from the date of your initial interview."*