Citizenship Interview Study Materials: How To Prepare For The 100 Question Civics Test

Part of the U.S. citizenship process includes a test during your interview which will include questions about U.S. history and government.

The 100 civics (history and government) questions is an oral test and the USCIS Officer will ask the applicant up to 10 of the 100 civics questions. An applicant must answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly to pass the civics portion of the naturalization test.

On the naturalization test, some answers may change because of elections or appointments. As you study for the test, make sure that you know the most current answers to these questions.

Answer these questions with the name of the official who is serving at the time of your eligibility interview with USCIS. The USCIS Officer will not accept an incorrect answer.

Hint: Brush up on the U.S. national anthem as you will be signing it at the naturalization.

Will The USCIS Ask Questions That Are Not On The List?

You will be asked standard civics test questions.
You will be asked standard civics test questions.

The great news is that you don’t have to worry about a curve ball question. The USCIS is not trying to trick you or ask you something that is not relevant.

As long as you study the 100 questions, you should be fine with the Naturalization interview. Make sure you are using the most up to date material to review because representatives and presidents change.
The PDF linked above is the most current document on the USCIS website and that is what you should use.

How Do I Know If I Passed The Civics Test and How Difficult Is It?

The USCIS officer will let you know and in most cases if you have answered the first 6 questions correctly, they will not ask you anymore questions as you have passed the test.

You only need to answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly with a minimum passing grade of 60%. This is not too difficult and you have many years to prepare.
I recommend that you begin studying as soon as you arrive in the United States and continue to learn until your citizenship interview.

What Are Some Examples Of Civics Test Questions That Will Be Asked?

Below are some examples of the typical questions on the civics test. Make sure you study and know all 100 questions because they will be asked randomly and not in order.

You can also watch this USCIS Naturalization Interview And Test Video to get an overview of what it will be like at the interview.

What is the supreme law of the land?

we-the-people
U.S. Constitution: We The People
  • the Constitution
What does the Constitution do?
  •  sets up the government
Defines the government:
  • protects basic rights of Americans
 Name one branch or part of the government.
  • Congress
  • legislative
  • President
  • executive
  • the courts
  • judicial
How many U.S. Senators are there?
  • one hundred (100)
 What is one right or freedom from the First Amendment?
  • speech
  • religion
  • assembly
  • press
  • petition the government

Hint: there are apps for iPhone and Android devices to help you study and online study tools

Once you pass the civics test at your citizenship interview, you are set. You will now be a U.S. citizen and will be able to apply for your U.S. passport.
This is the finish line and you will not have to sent in anymore applications to the USCIS, its time to celebrate!

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