In an effort to ensure that the Naturalization Civics Test currently remains a comprehensive assessment of applicant knowledge of American history and civics, the USCIS has issued a revised version of the test to be implemented December 1, 2020 for those applying on or after that date.

The USCIS has been working with adult education experts, community-based organizations and volunteers since 2018 to prepare an updated version of the test that is fair and transparent. According to USCIS Deputy Director for Policy, Joseph Edlow, “…offering a fair test, which prepares naturalization applicants…is of utmost importance to our agency.” The test covers a variety of topics that provide the applicant with more opportunities to learn about the United States as part of the preparation process. The passing grade remains at 60%.

Current guidelines will remain in place for those applicants aged 65 years or older who have at least 20 years of lawful permanent resident status. The passing grade also remains at 60%.

Test items and study guides can be found on the Citizenship Resource Center on the USCIS website uscis.gov. The USCIS Policy Manual has also been updated – see Volume 12, Part E, English and Civics Testing and Exceptions, Chapter 2, English and Civics Testing.

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