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The United States Constitution shapes the country’s laws and the lives of its citizens. Immigrants who wish to become an U.S. citizen must pass a series of tests and an interview process. The steps to becoming a United States citizen may be challenging, but likewise rewarding. If you are nervous about taking the citizenship tests, take action and cast your worries aside. Here is the information you need to know about the United States Naturalization Test.

What Can I Expect?

The two major components to the United States Naturalization Test include English and civics portions. Both are proctored by an immigration officer who can clarify and repeat questions and review directions to ensure understanding.

English Test

Comprised of three parts (speaking, reading, and written), the English section tests your understanding of the English language. The reading and writing portions will be administered through a tablet that will display the questions and prompts.

The Speaking Portion

The proctor administers the speaking portion of the test. He or she will ask questions about your citizenship application and eligibility. This conversation-style exam tests your ability to hear and comprehend the English language. Take your time when answering the questions to ensure that you are speaking clearly.

It is wise to review your application before the exam to ensure the information is top-of-mind and you are prepared with answers.

The Reading Portion

The reading portion of the exam will be administered on the digital tablet. The immigration officer proctoring your exam will teach you how to use the tablet correctly before the exam begins, and he or she can answer questions. A sentence will appear on the tablet’s screen, and your proctor will ask you to read it aloud. Take your time, and make sure you can be heard clearly. This exam is not timed.

You will be required to read three sentences. If you cannot successfully read one of the three sentences, then you will not pass the exam. To help you prepare, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service has a complete list of vocabulary words that are included in the test. These words include:

  • Names of presidents
  • Simple verbs, such as “run” or “jump”
  • Longer terms, such as the “United States Constitution”

Study these words and practice reading out loud prior to taking the exam. Consider recording yourself as you read so that you can hear deflections in your voice. Practicing this way will help you pinpoint struggle areas and allow you to fine-tune those areas more efficiently.

The Written Test

American Flags flank A US Citizenship and Immigration Services signThe written test will also be administered on the tablet. Use the tablet and the tablet pen provided to write out one of the three sentences that the immigration officer reads out to you. You may ask the immigration officer to repeat the sentence as many times as you need. Write the sentence exactly as he or she says it.

The Civics Test

The civics component of the citizenship test includes 10 questions designed to test your knowledge and understanding of United States history and government. You must at least answer six questions correctly to pass the exam.

For an extensive list of previous questions and potential future questions, study the list provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. For the best results, study and understand all 100 questions. If you are 65 years or older, the number of potential questions you are required to answer decreases, and these are marked on the study guide with an asterisk.

The citizenship test is just one part of the process of becoming a United States citizen. Hernandez Law Group, P.C. can help you navigate this experience or procure visas or green cards. The immigration attorneys at Hernandez Law Group, P.C. have helped many people reach their American dream. Join them and contact the Hernandez Law Group, P.C. today to start your very own journey.