New 2020 Version of the Civics Portion of the Naturalization Test

USCIS has revised the civics portion of the naturalization test. All applicants for naturalization with a filing date on or after Dec. 1, 2020, will be required to take the 2020 version of the civics test. Applicants for naturalization with a filing date before Dec. 1, 2020, are required to take the 2008 version of the civics test.

Applicants for naturalization who are required to take the 2020 version of the civics test will need to study 128 questions about American government and history. USCIS will administer the 2020 version of the civics test and 2008 version of the civics test at the same time for a certain time period.

With the 2020 version of the civics test, the USCIS officer will ask you to answer 20 out of the 128 civics test questions. You must answer at least 12 questions correctly to pass the 2020 version of the civics test. All questions on the test are asked orally.

Previously, the USCIS officer asked a total of 10 questions from a general bank of 100 civics questions. An applicant had to correctly answer six of those 10 questions to pass.

There are no changes to the English portion of the naturalization civics test. An applicant must demonstrate an understanding of the English language, including the ability to read, write, and speak basic English.

What if you fail the naturalization civics test?
Applicants are given two opportunities to pass the naturalization civics test. If you fail any part of the civics test at your first interview, you will be retested, only on the portion of the test that you failed, between 60 and 90 days from the date of your initial interview.

If you fail the 2020 version of the civics test at your initial interview appointment, you will take the 2020 version of the civics test again at your second appointment. If you fail the 2008 version of the civics test at your initial appointment, you will take the 2008 version of the civics test again at your second appointment.

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