U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) reminds immigrants preparing to naturalize as U.S. citizens that the correct answers on the U.S. history and government (civics) test can change with federal and state elections. Because of this, current knowledge about elected representatives is a critical component to test preparation.
When immigrants from around the world want to become U.S. citizens, knowledge of the country’s culture and history are essential components of the process– and must be demonstrated through civics testing. But the fluid nature of elected representation means test answers can change, and that naturalization candidates must strive to maintain current knowledge around government operations.
Elections around the House of Representatives occur every two year; Senate elections occur every six years; and presidential elections happen every four years. With each election, the correct answers to questions pertaining to naming specific representatives can change.
With this in mind, USCIS directs test takers to these specifics:
- Question 20: Who is one of your state’s U.S. senators? The full list of current senators is available at www.senate.gov.
- Question 23: Name your U.S. representative. The full list of current U.S. House of Representatives is available at www.house.gov.
- Question 43: Who is the governor of your state now? The full list of current governors, is available at http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/State_and_Territories.shtml
- Question 47: What is the name of the Speaker of the House of Representatives now? The current answer is Paul Ryan, but politics could force a change on this.
The naturalization test includes 100 civics test questions. Applicants are asked up to 10 questions from a list of 100 questions in English. Six of the 10 questions must be answered correctly in order to pass the civics test.