USCIS has announced changes to the civics test for naturalization applicants. The purpose of the civics test is for a naturalization applicant to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, and of the principles and form of government, of the United States.
This new test goes into effect on December 1, 2020, and applies prospectively to naturalization applications filed on or after that date.
- The bank of possible civics test questions is increased to 128 (from 100). The number of test questions chosen from the bank for each applicant is increased to 20 (from 10). The passing score remains 60% (now 12 of 20 questions).
- USCIS will continue to administer 10 test questions (with required 6 correct answers) to applicants who qualify for special consideration because they are age 65 or older and have been lawful permanent residents for at least 20 years.
- Officers will ask all 20 test items (or 10 to special consideration applicants), even if the applicant achieves a passing score.
The test items and study guides can be found on the Citizenship Resource Center on the USCIS website.