There is no perfect test for U.S. citizenship, but I feel that the changes are an improvement from the previous version. The questions now focus on understanding concepts rather than memorizing facts
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 1, 2008
As of Wednesday, October 1, 2008, there is a new United States citizenship test. During the examination, applicants must demonstrate an understanding of basic U.S. civics, history, and government. The test changes, instituted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will affect millions of immigrants in the U.S. who intend to become American citizens. Fortunately, there are resources available at CitizenshipU.com to help people prepare for the test, including a sample citizenship test.
"There is no perfect test for U.S. citizenship, but I feel that the changes are an improvement from the previous version. The questions now focus on understanding concepts rather than memorizing facts," says Bryan Jones, President of CitizenshipU, a company that creates resources to help immigrants pass the U.S. citizenship test.
Topics of the new test include American government, American history, and integrated civics. The major updates pertain to the civics portion of the test.
There are 100 possible questions. During the interview, applicants are asked 10 questions and must answer 6 correctly to pass this portion of the test. The history and government examination is oral and is not multiple-choice.
Another focus of the test is an oral review of the immigrant's application for citizenship (N400), which verifies eligibility for citizenship and tests the applicant's understanding of the form. Applicants must also demonstrate English proficiency through reading, writing, listening, and speaking assessments.
If you are curious if you can pass the history and civics test, CitizenshipU provides an online citizenship quiz to test your knowledge.
Bryan Jones is President of CitizenshipU, a company that publishes books, videos, and web content that help immigrants pass the USCIS citizenship test and learn more about the United States. Bryan is a fourth-generation citizenship publisher. His family has been helping immigrants learn about U.S. citizenship for over 80 years. His great-grandfather, D.L. Hennessey, an adult educator, is the original author of Twenty-Five Lessons in Citizenship, the longest-running and best-selling U.S. citizenship book of all time. Over 1,000,000 copies of Hennessey's book have been sold. Bryan holds a B.A. in Political Science, with an emphasis in American Government from UCLA. He also holds an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.