For some individuals the road to United States citizenship is a long one. Depending on the individual he or she could face issues surrounding among other things, child support, arrests and the failure to pay taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service. Once those matters are cleared up other things could get in the way of someone becoming a citizen such as difficulties with the citizenship test.
The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services has laid out what someone facing the test can expect. There are four main components the:
- Writing test
- Reading test
- Speaking test
- Civics test
The writing test focuses on history and civics topics. As a part of the test the test taker must demonstrate that he or she can correctly write one out of three sentences.
The focus of the reading test is also U.S. history and civics. The test is designed to show that the test taker can read text in English. Here again one out of three sentences must be read correctly.
The speaking test is conducted as a part of the eligibility interview when one completes the Application for Naturalization. A USCIS Officer determines whether someone passes.
The civics test also takes place during the naturalization interview. To pass, six of 10 questions posed must be answered correctly. There are a total of 100 questions that they may be selected from.
Individuals who do not initially pass the civics or English speaking portion of the test will be given another opportunity to pass. They can retest between 2 and three months of the first interview without submitting a new application.
If you are looking to become a U.S. citizen, you likely have many questions. An immigration lawyer is a good place to start.