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The Naturalization Interview and Test
New Resources released in connection with Constitution Day and Citizenship Day!
USCIS is pleased to announce the following new resources are now available:
Two-Generational Family Approaches to Citizenship (PDF, 170.13 KB) - This tip sheet highlights ways K-12 schools and adult citizenship education programs can engage the entire family through civics education.
N-400 Topic Exercises: Oath of Allegiance (PDF, 1 MB) - This educational handout describes the key principles found in the Oath of Allegiance that applicants take at their naturalization ceremonies.
A More Perfect Union: The USCIS Civics Test Guide to the Monuments and Memorials on the National Mall (PDF, 2.66 MB) is a series of 13 interactive resources that allows applicants to learn about the individuals and events represented by the monuments and memorials in Washington, DC, while studying for the naturalization civics test. The Civics Test Guide to Constitution Gardens is the first in the series to be released, and it highlights the naturalization civics test questions relating to the principles and structures of government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens that are identified in the U.S. Constitution.
National Park Service Expedition Series (Video) - Developed for students by the National Parks Service, this fun and informative five-part video series explores the history and significance of Ellis Island.
 

Due to COVID-19, current interview settings will be different from what is being shown in this video in order to provide additional safety measures.
During your naturalization interview, a USCIS officer will ask you questions about your application and background. Unless you qualify for an exemption, you will also take a naturalization test which is made up of two components, an English and civics test.
  • During the English test, you must demonstrate an understanding of the English language including the ability to read, write, and speak basic English. 
  • During the civics test, you will answer important questions about American government and history.
See below to learn more about the naturalization test and the free study materials and resources available to help you prepare. 
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09/16/2021
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