Friday, February 3, 2023

US to redesign citizenship test oral and civics tests

Washington, 14 December. President Joe Biden’s administration announced this Wednesday that it will update the test that immigrants must pass to obtain US citizenship, specifically with regard to the verbal and civics portion of the test.

Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) detailed in a statement that its experts “reviewed the naturalization test and recommended redesigning the oral expression and civics education test to improve its standards.”

The agency said it would seek about 1,500 people enrolled in adult education classes to test the modifications.

The current test consists of four parts: reading, writing, civics, and the ability to speak and understand English.

The civics portion consists of 100 questions about the history and structure of politics and government in the United States. In the oral exam, a USCIS officer asks 10 questions and the person applying for citizenship must be able to answer at least six correctly.

“The purpose of the test is to measure a civics component with updated format and content, and a new English speaking component that may become standard,” USCIS elaborated.

A 2018 survey by the National Woodrow Wilson Foundation found that nearly two-thirds of US citizens would not pass the test that foreign nationals who want to become US citizens must succeed.

To obtain US citizenship, an alien must complete five years as an immigrant with lawful permanent residence, in addition to other requirements such as tax contributions and conduct without violation of the law.

In the 2022 fiscal year, which ends on September 30, more than one million adults and minors will become US citizens.

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