Before your naturalization interview, it's crucial to study for the English and civics test. USCIS provides free resources to assist you in your preparations.
English Test Overview
The English test evaluates your ability to understand and use the English language, encompassing reading, writing, and speaking basic English skills. During your eligibility interview using Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, a USCIS officer will assess your English proficiency.
For the reading test, you'll be asked to read one out of three sentences aloud correctly, demonstrating your reading ability in English. Likewise, for the writing test, you should write one out of three sentences correctly to exhibit your English writing skills.
Civics Test (2008 Version)
The civics test is oral, with a USCIS officer asking up to 10 questions from a list of 100 civics test questions. To pass, you need to answer at least 6 questions correctly.
If you are 65 or older and have been a lawful permanent resident for over 20 years, you can focus on the 20 questions marked with an asterisk (*) and take the naturalization test in your preferred language. For further details, consult the USCIS Policy Manual Citizenship and Naturalization Guidance.
Please note that some answers on the civics test may change due to elections or appointments. Ensure you provide the name of the official in office at the time of your naturalization interview. For specific answers, visit the Civics Test Updates page.