What can you expect when taking the naturalization test?

If you are an immigrant living in New Jersey who has always wished to become a United States citizen, you can prepare for the naturalization test. Once you have your interview and pass, you can look forward to a whole new future. This is what to expect with the naturalization test.

Understanding the naturalization interview

The naturalization interview is the first step. A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer will ask you a series of questions about your application to learn about your background. If you don’t qualify for an exemption, you will then be cleared to take the naturalization test.

The naturalization test explained

There are different parts of the naturalization test to assess your skills. The English test is the first part; its purpose is to determine whether you have a good understanding of the English language. It consists of reading, writing and speaking to see how well you can perform. The reading portion requires you to read parts of the naturalization application aloud, writing requires one or two easy sentences and speaking requires answering questions about yourself.

The other part of the test revolves around civics to test your knowledge of the U.S. government. Individuals with disabilities might be able to get a waiver if they have difficulty understanding. Immigrants who have been in the country for 20 years or longer may also be able to skip this part of the test.

If you fail

If you fail the naturalization test, you have the chance to take it a second time. The retest should be scheduled between 60 and 90 days after your interview. However, if you fail a second time, your application will be denied.

The naturalization test is your path toward becoming an American with all the same rights as those born in the U.S. Studying hard is the best way to pass and become a citizen.

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