Preparing for the Naturalization Test

September 7, 2011

Immigration Consulting

Sources:  USCIS; US Immigration Lawyers

The naturalization interview is an integral and important part of the naturalization process.  After you have been finger printed, you will receive a letter by mail from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) informing you about the date, time and place of your naturalization interview. You should seek postponement of the interview only in unavoidable circumstances.

If you seek to reschedule your interview, you will have to wait for months. If you want an attorney or representative to accompany you, you must submit a Form G 28 – Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative along with your application for naturalization.


You will be required to carry your identification documents. Make sure you carry the following documents:

  • Permanent Resident or Alien Registration Card
  • Passport (even if it has expired)
  • State Identification Card, and
  • Re-entry Permits if any

If your interview letter has additional documents listed on it, you should carry those documents also.

Interview Procedure

At the interview, the Officer will first explain the purpose of the interview. He or she will request to see your documents and verify your identity. Once your identity is verified, the Officer will administer you an oath. He or she will then ask you a few questions. Generally the questions will be about:

  • your background;
  • evidence supporting your case;
  • your place and length of residence;
  • your character;
  • your attachment to the Constitution; and
  • your willingness to take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States
  • your eligibility for US citizenship.

English & Civics Tests

The Officer will use your answers to determine your ability to speak English. Unless you are exempt from the English requirements, Officer will test your English skills during the interview. You must read one sentence, out of three sentences, in a manner suggesting to the Officer that you understand the meaning of the sentence. This is required to test your ability to read English. To test your ability to write in English, you must write one sentence, out of three sentences, in a manner that would be understandable as written to the Officer.  The Officer will also ask you ten civic questions. To pass, you must correctly answer six of them. The civic questions that can be asked during the interview have been publicly released by the USCIS.

After the interview, you will be given Form N 652 which will inform you about the results of the interview.

Preparing for the Test

Under the “Study for the Test” section of the Citizenship Resource Center, you can find free study materials for the English and civics portions of the test:

There are a variety of educational products to help you prepare for the test, including:

Getting Help with US Citizenship

If you fail the interview, your application for naturalization can be declined. Never take chances. An experienced US immigration attorney can prepare and file the naturalization application for you and also assist you in preparing for the interview. The attorney can accompany you to the interview if you submit Form G 28 along with your application for naturalization.

To view scoring guidelines and background data, and other information, visit the “Applicant Performance on the Naturalization Test” page.

Here is a helpful video and some key links that should get you moving along in your journey toward U.S. Citizenship.

Good luck!


Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

Citizenship Resource Center

Certain applicants, because of age and time as a permanent resident; or others because of a disability, have different English and civics requirements; see the “Exceptions & Accommodations” web page for details.

Naturalization Self Test

To view scoring guidelines and background data, and other information, visit the “Applicant Performance on the Naturalization Test” page.

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