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Is it hard to prepare for the naturalization test?

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2021 | naturalization & citizenship

Completing the naturalization test is one of the final steps in your journey to becoming a citizen of the United States of America. As with any test, the more you prepare, the higher your probability of passing.

Knowing some preparation strategies can optimize your studying efforts. With a confident understanding of the testing materials, you can have a winning chance at a satisfactory outcome.

Testing components

The naturalization test will assess your understanding of critical aspects of citizenship. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you will complete the test in two parts. The English portion of the test will give you an opportunity to show your ability to read, write, speak and comprehend the language. The civics portion of the test will determine your understanding of basic governmental principles, as well as the history of the U.S.

Under specific circumstances, you may petition for an exemption from a portion of the test. For example, if you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from reasonably completing testing requirements, you may qualify for an exemption. You can also ask for accommodations for personal impairments that may interfere with your ability to test.

Studying tips

You can study for the naturalization test just as you would any other test. The length of time it takes to prepare will vary depending on your experience in the U.S., as well as your ability to comprehend testing materials. Some things you can do to help you prepare to test include the following:

  • Utilize resources provided by your community or the USCIS
  • Prioritize studying and make a schedule to help with consistency
  • Take notes, participate in study groups and complete practice tests
  • Read children’s books
  • Ask for help from others in your community

When you know the testing materials, you can identify which aspects you need to focus on. Streamlining your studying efforts may expedite the process of preparing for your naturalization test.