Shmoop Raises Its Hand to Help Future Citizens with the U.S. Citizenship Test

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Survey results reveal a huge gap in U.S. civics and history knowledge—even among U.S. citizens. Shmoop wants to change that.

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We want everyone to be engaged and really get to know American government, history, and civics in a meaningful way, no matter which side of the aisle they're on.

These days, politics—and political arguments—come up everywhere you look. Which begs the question: does everyone actually understand the U.S. history and political processes they spend all day bickering about on Facebook?

Turns out, the answer is a big, fat no.

A recent survey from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation revealed that only one-third of Americans are able to pass the U.S. citizenship test. That's right: one in three Americans can't do things like name the 13 original states, identify the countries the U.S. fought in World War II, or say how many justices serve on the Supreme Court. (No justice names even required...just the number of 'em.)

Luckily, Shmoop (, a digital publisher known for its award-winning Test Prep and certified Online Courses, is here to help with its U.S. Civics Test Prep.

Test-takers will learn all about the key concepts, people, and events that appear on the citizenship exam—without falling asleep in a pile of index card flashcards. Whether the goal is to study for the actual citizenship test, to get some extra prep for a high school civics class, or just to keep up with argumentative relatives at Thanksgiving dinner, learners will find a fresh and unbiased approach to U.S. civics with Shmoop.

"We don't take sides or let personal opinions color our content," says David Siminoff, founder of Shmoop. "We want everyone to be engaged and really get to know American government, history, and civics in a meaningful way, no matter which side of the aisle they're on."

Shmoop delivers its naturalization test practice questions in a variety of package sizes: in full-length practice exams of 100, mini sets of 10, and medium groups of 25. And for those who get hooked on all this history, there's plenty more where that came from. Shmoop also offers Learning Guides, Teaching Guides, and Online Courses in a variety of civics and U.S. history topics.

Sounds like those survey-responders could benefit from a little time on Shmoop.

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Shmoop offers hundreds of thousands of pages of original content. Their Online Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, Learning Guides, and interactive Study Tools are written by teachers and experts and balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 16 million unique visitors a month across desktop and mobile. The company has won numerous awards from EdTech Digest, Tech & Learning, and the Association of Educational Publishers. Launched in 2008, Shmoop makes the magic happen from a labradoodle-patrolled office in Los Altos, California.

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