U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is required to update the naturalization civics test every ten years to make sure it remains comprehensive enough to adequately test an applicant’s knowledge of American history, government and civic values. The most recent update for 2020 is now being implemented.
The test is one of the main requirements for naturalizing an American citizen, and it requires applicants to answer at least 12 out of 20 questions successfully. The civics test is an oral exam, and the 20 questions asked are chosen randomly for each test-taker from a bank of 128 approved questions.
If an applicant is 65 years old or older, and they have been living in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident for 20 or more years, the bank of test questions is reduced to 20, and the test-taker can take the naturalization test in the language of their choice. In those cases, the USCIS officer will only ask 10 of the 20 possible civics test questions and the test-taker must answer 60% correctly.
An online bank of 2020 Naturalization Test questions and answers is available at the USCIS’s website <HERE> .
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand