Children who go to elementary, middle and high school in the U.S. are required to study American history and government. When permanent residents apply for U.S. citizenship, they have to take a civics test to determine their knowledge of those subjects. One might assume that students who grew up taking American history and government classes would easily be able to answer the questions on the immigration civics test. However, according to USA Today, when asked in a telephone poll, only 65 percent of natural-born Americans answered the required six out of 10 questions on the test correctly. The Center for the Study of the American Dream at Xavier University in Cincinnati commissioned the telephone survey in 2012.
Passing a civics test that only 35 percent of Americans who were polled failed might seem daunting. But there are a few encouraging things to remember. If you are applying for U.S. citizenship, you have time to study. USA Today also noted that the telephone poll did not give participants time to brush up on their knowledge.
Another reason not to be scared by the poll results is that American’s don’t feel they need to know the information on the test.
“The citizenship candidates who have decided to file their application for naturalization and begin their life in the United States, they want it really bad,” Christopher Bentley, a USCIS spokesman told USA Today. “That said, it is stuff that people would have learned in Civics 101 class.”
There are plenty of resources to help you prepare for the naturalization test. Hop online and take pretests to get a feel for the questions. Then begin studying. Quiz yourself every day and you’ll start to see an improvement on your test score.
Also, note that the naturalization test requires you to answer six out of 10 questions correctly. These questions are taken from a list of 100 possible choices. There are three categories of questions, including American government, American history and integrated civics.