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USCIS Introduces Updated Naturalization Civics Test

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USCIS has announced its formal plans to introduce a revised version of the naturalization civics test. The USCIS had previously announced their plans to revise and update the civics portion of the naturalization test in July 2019.

Naturalization applicants who apply for naturalization on or after December 1, 2020 will take the updated version of the test. Those naturalization applicants who apply before December 1, 2020 will take the current version of the naturalization test.

USCIS explains that the revised civics test will include more questions that test the applicant’s understanding of U.S. history and civics and the questions would cover more variety of topics concerning the United States.

The scoring system for the revised test is slightly adjusted so that while the passing score remains at 60%, the applicants will have to answer twelve (12) questions correctly, out of 20 in order to pass. Under the current testing system, the applicants have to answer 6 questions correctly, out of 10 in order to pass.

USCIS has provided the test questions and study guides on its website’s Citizenship Resource Center page. It can also be found at:

USCIS will still keep its existing guidelines for special consideration of applicants who are 65 years old or older and who possess at least 20 years of lawful permanent resident status. They will be asked to answer ten (10) and they must be able to answer a minimum of six (6) questions correctly in order to pass. The 60% passing score remains the same.

Should you have any specific questions about this change, or any other questions about specific matters in immigration, we encourage you to contact our office directly to schedule an appointment.