What is the naturalization test?

There are many requirements for people going through the naturalization process but one of the most stressful may be the test.

The naturalization test is required by Section 312 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which says that prospective citizens must be able to speak, read and write basic English as well as show an understanding of US history and civics.

A number of changes were made in recent years to the test, with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services saying that the two main objectives of the exam are to give, “a uniform and consistent testing experience for all applicants” and to administer “a civics test that can effectively assess an applicant’s knowledge of US history and government.”

While some people may be nervous about taking a test that could determine whether or not they receive US citizenship, recent numbers show more than 1,200,000 took the naturalization test between October 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010 and of these people, 92 percent passed.

According to the USCIS, 91 percent of people passed the test that was administered before October 2008.