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Civics test required for citizenship failed by most Americans

Individuals who want to make the United States their home have many hoops to jump through. They need to ensure that they have the proper paperwork in order and pass interview and testing portions on their journeys toward citizenship. One phase of the process involves taking and passing a civics test related to U.S. history.

California readers may be interested to know that despite the requirement of passing the civics test in order to become a U.S. citizen, most Americans cannot pass this test. According to a recent report, a survey was conducted that involved American adults attempting the civics test. The results showed that in the state with the highest pass rate, only 53 percent of participants from that state passed the exam. In fact, on a national level, only four out of every 10 participants were able to pass.

During the citizenship process, this test involves a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agent asking up to 10 civics-related questions out of a possible 100 questions. In order to pass, six out of the 10 questions must be answered correctly. The national average pass rate was 38 percent, but California's pass rate was not specifically noted in the report.

While the average American may not feel that this lack of knowledge affects his or her life in a significant way, it could vastly influence a naturalization applicant's chance at citizenship. If individuals in California are looking to adjust their immigration statuses and become naturalized citizens, they will certainly need to ensure that they understand this portion of the process. Immigration law attorneys can help interested parties prepare for this and other important aspects of working toward their desired goals.

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