Oral and Civics Citizenship Tests Redesigned
The Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) detailed in a statement that its experts “conducted reviews of the naturalization test and recommended redesigning the oral expression and civics test to improve its standards.”
President Biden’s Administration announced Wednesday that it will update the test that all immigrants must pass to acquire U.S. citizenship.
This, especially with regard to the oral and civic education part of the exam.
The Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) detailed in a statement that its experts “conducted reviews of the naturalization test. They recommended redesigning the speaking and civics test to improve standards.”
The agency said it will seek about 1,500 people registered in adult education classes to test the modifications.
Current Citizenship Test
The current exam consists of four parts: reading, writing, civics, and the ability to speak and understand English.
The civics portion includes 100 questions about U.S. history and political and government structure.
On the oral exam, a USCIS officer asks 10 questions and the person applying for citizenship must be able to correctly answer at least six.
“The purpose of the test is to measure a civics component with updated format and content, and a new English-speaking component that could become standard,” USCIS said.
More than one million new citizens in 2022
A 2018 poll by the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation found that nearly two-thirds of U.S. citizens would fail the exam from which foreigners who want to become U.S. citizens must succeed.
To acquire U.S. citizenship, a foreign national must:
• Complete five years as an immigrant with lawful permanent residence
• In addition to other requirements such as tax contributions and conduct without violation of laws.
Likewise, in the 2022 fiscal period, which ended on September 30, more than one million adults and minors became U.S. citizens.