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New changes to the naturalization examination are coming. Beginning December 1, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will introduce new changes that will make it more difficult for applicants to pass the civics examination. These new changes will apply to citizenship applications filed on or after December 1, 2020.
What type of changes will be introduced?
In order to obtain U.S. citizenship, applicants must successfully pass two components of the naturalization examination: The first is English proficiency – applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency as determined by their ability to read, write, speak and understand English. The second requirement is the civics examination – applicants must pass an oral examination by demonstrating adequate knowledge of U.S. history and government.
Beginning December 1, 2020 USCIS will:
- Increase the general bank of civics test questions from 100 to 128 (the possible questions that may be asked)
- Increase the number of test questions that will be asked for the civics exam to 20 (from 10)
- Increase the number of correct answers needed to pass the civics test to 12 (from 6)
- The test score required to pass (60 percent correct) the civics test however will not change
In order to pass the civics examination applicants must correctly answer at least 12 of the 20 questions asked.