A person who files Form N-400 for US citizenship will be required to appear for a naturalization interview. During that interview, an immigration officer will ask the applicant a few questions and the US citizenship test consists of two components. To qualify, the applicant must pass both, the English test and the Civics test.
English and Civics Tests
You need to remember the information that you had entered on Form N-400, as the immigration officer will first ask you few questions about your background and most of the questions will be about your application. Following that, you will be required to read out one sentence out of three given sentences and you will have to write one out of three given sentences correctly, to pass the English test. You may use the educational DVD’s and the USCIS resources to prepare for the English test.
After you complete the English component, you will have to take the civics test where you will be asked questions about US history, laws and the government of the country. You need to answer 6 questions correctly to get through the civics component of the US citizenship test and you will be asked ten questions. USCIS has provided a list of 100 civics questions that are commonly asked and you may go through those questions while preparing for the naturalization test. You may also use the educational DVD‘s as these DVD’s will help you to pass the US citizenship test.
Below are few common US citizenship test questions.
1. What is the supreme law of the land?
2. What does the Constitution do?
- sets up the government
- defines the government
- protects basic rights of Americans
3. What is an amendment?
- a change (to the Constitution)
- an addition (to the Constitution)
4. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
the Bill of Rights
5. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
6. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
- pursuit of happiness
7. What is the “rule of law”?
- Everyone must follow the law.
- Leaders must obey the law.
- Government must obey the law.
- No one is above the law.
8. Who makes federal laws?
- Senate and House (of Representatives)
- (U.S. or national) legislature
9. What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
the Senate and House (of Representatives)
10. We elect a President for how many years?
11. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
- because there were 13 original colonies
- because the stripes represent the original colonies
12. Name one war fought by the United States in the 1800s.
- War of 1812
- Mexican-American War
- Civil War
- Spanish-American War
13. There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote. Describe one of them.
- Citizens eighteen (18) and older (can vote).
- You don’t have to pay (a poll tax) to vote.
- Any citizen can vote. (Women and men can vote).
- A male citizen of any race (can vote).
14. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?
We the People
15. There were 13 original states. Name three.
New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia