Becoming a U.S. citizen is the culmination of your immigration journey, and the naturalization test is an important component of citizenship. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, almost 757,000 people took the test in the 2018 fiscal year, which is the highest number in the last five years.
The USCIS designed the naturalization test to assess whether immigrants understand the full significance of what it means to be a U.S. citizen and what values Americans hold dear. In particular, you can expect questions that evaluate your knowledge of the basics of U.S. history and government.
American history has played a primary role in shaping the values of its citizens. By studying the country’s past, you can gain a better understanding of the culture and society you are joining.
Knowledge of the structure and function of the government is important because as a citizen, you will have the right and responsibility of voting in local, state and federal elections. You will need to know what your elected representatives will be able to do for you and the country while in office so that you can make informed choices about the candidates you choose to make decisions on your behalf in government.
Understanding the court system as one of the branches of government is also crucial, as you may be selected to serve on a jury and participate in the trial process. The court also plays an important role in applying the laws to current situations.
The USCIS last updated the test in 2008, and the agency is currently re-evaluating the questions in order to make new updates that will take effect in late 2020 or early 2021.
This general information about the naturalization test is provided to give an overview of why the test is valuable for immigrants who are preparing to become citizens. However, it should not be taken as legal advice.