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The 2020 Version of the Civics Test
November 11th is Veterans Day! Below find links to helpful information on naturalization through military service and a new citizenship education resource:
Visit the Naturalization Through Military Service page for information on qualifying for naturalization through service in the U.S. armed forces!
New! N-400 Topic Exercises: Armed Forces (PDF, 1.51 MB) - This educational handout covers vocabulary related to the armed forces. Citizenship educators can use this and the other N-400 Topic Exercises to help students prepare for their naturalization interview.
If you filed your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization on or after December 1, 2020 and before March 1, 2021, and are currently scheduled for your initial examination (interview) before April 19, 2021, you may choose to take the 2008 or 2020 civics test. All others will be required to take the 2008 civics test.
To help determine if you are required to take the 2008 civics test, or if you can choose between the 2008 and 2020 civics test, follow these two steps:
1) Check your filing date, also known as a “received date” on your N-400 notice at the top left corner (see sample notice to the right).
2) Once you have your received date, go to the table below and find which scenario applies to you based on your filing and initial examination dates.
Which civics test will I take?
before December 1, 2020 (12/1/2020).
on any date.
2008 Civics Test
2008 Civics Test
2008 Civics Test
on or after December 1, 2020 (12/1/2020) and
before March 1, 2021 (03/01/2021).
before April 19, 2021 (04/19/2021).
You can choose between the:
2020 Civics Test
or
2008 Civics Test
You can choose between the:
2020 Civics Test
or
2008 Civics Test
You can choose between the:
2020 Civics Test
or
2008 Civics Test
on or after December 1, 2020 (12/1/2020) and
before March 1, 2021 (03/01/2021).
on or after April 19, 2021 (4/19/2021).
2008 Civics Test
2008 Civics Test
2008 Civics Test
on or after March 1, 2021 (03/01/2021).
on any date.
2008 Civics Test
2008 Civics Test
2008 Civics Test
Note: USCIS will offer both the 2008 and 2020 tests for a certain time period. For more information, refer to the USCIS Policy Manual Volume 12, Part E, English and Civics Testing and Exceptions, Chapter 2, English and Civics Testing.
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11/09/2021
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