Guidelines to the U.S. Citizenship test

Making the decision to become a citizen of the United States is an exciting step for someone to take. A major part of that process involves passing a test. The U.S. Citizenship test consists of four parts:  speaking, reading, writing, and civics.

Individuals applying for citizenship are required to demonstrate their verbal skills. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers ask questions aloud for the applicants to answer. According to USCIS,  as long as the applicant appears to have an understanding of the question and responds appropriately, he or she has effectively demonstrated his or her ability to speak English.

To prove they can read English, applicants must read one out of three sentences aloud to the USCIS officer administering the test. To pass this part of the examination, applicants must read one sentence with no extended pauses and with all of the words that contribute to the meaning of the sentence. Pronunciation errors are acceptable so long as they do not interfere with the meaning of the sentence.

In order to adequately show the ability to write in English, applicants must correctly write one of three sentences that are dictated to them by a USCIS officer. A passing sentence will have the same general meaning as the dictated one. A few errors or even omissions are acceptable as long as they do not interfere with the overall meaning of the sentence. Numbers may be either spelled out or simply written as digits.

To sufficiently prove their understanding of the U.S. government and history, applicants must correctly answer six of 10 questions that their USCIS officer asks them in the form of oral examination. A passing grade to this portion of the exam involves simply providing the correct answer. The phrasing can be a little different as long as the meaning of the answer is preserved.