History Government Test
As part of the naturalization process, the History Government Test tests your knowledge of U.S. history and government. This civics test is administered orally. During your naturalization interview, you will be asked up to 10 questions from the list of 100 questions. You must answer correctly six (6) of the 10 questions to pass the civics test in English. The English test has three components: reading, writing, and speaking, while the civics test covers important U.S. history and government topics.
On the naturalization test, some answers may change in light of recent elections or appointments. As you study for the test, make sure that you know the most current answers to these questions. Answer these questions with the name of the official who is serving at the time of your eligibility interview with USCIS. The USCIS Officer will not accept an incorrect answer. Although USCIS is aware that there may be additional correct answers to the 100 civics questions, applicants are
encouraged to respond based on study materials provided by the USCIS.
Certain applicants, because of age and time as a permanent resident, are exempt from the English requirements for naturalization and may take the civics test in the language of their choice.
In an effort to help applicants, USCIS regularly holds information sessions for the public. These sessions will help permanent residents and others interested in naturalization learn about naturalization eligibility, citizenship rights, responsibilities and the History Government Test. Some of these sessions may be available in foreign languages.
English & History Test
During your naturalization interview, a USCIS officer will ask you questions about your application and background. You will also need to take an English and history (civics) test.
The English test has three components: reading, writing, and speaking. The history (civics) test covers important topics from U.S. history and government. There are 100 civics related questions on the naturalization test. But during the interview you will only be asked up to 10 questions from the list of 100.
You are required to answer at least 6 correctly in order to pass the civics test. You have two opportunities to take the English and civics test per application. So if you fail the first time you are able to test again.
You will be retested on the portion of the test that you failed between 60 and 90 days from the date of the first interview.
Following are sample questions from the AMERICAN GOVERNMENT portion of the test:
- What is the name of the President of the United States now?
- What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress?
- Name one branch or part of the government.
- How many amendments does the Constitution have?
- What is the supreme law of the land?
Following are sample question from the AMERICAN HISTORY portion of the test:
- Name one American Indian tribe in the United States.
- What major event happened on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
- What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
- Who did the United States fight in World War II?
- What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
Following are sample questions from the INTEGRATED CIVICS geography portion of the test:
- Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
- What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?
- What ocean is on the East Coast of the United States?
- Name one U.S. territory.
- Name one state that borders Canada.
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