What Are the Questions on the U.S. Citizenship Test?

When applying to become a citizen of the United States, applicants must meet a variety of requirements. One of those requirements is a knowledge of the history of the United States and the country’s government systems. To demonstrate this knowledge, immigrants must complete a 10-question oral test on topics such as the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the branches of government, the presidency, voting, American history, and more.

Examples of Questions That May Appear on Your U.S. Citizenship Test

The 10 questions that will be presented to you when you take your citizenship test will be chosen from a list of 100 questions that have been pre-determined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You can view the full list of questions here.

Questions that may be asked during your U.S. citizenship test include:

  • If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

  • What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?

  • Name two national U.S. holidays.

  • Why does the flag have 13 stripes?

  • What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?

  • Before he was President, Eisenhower was a general. What war was he in?

  • What does the judicial branch do?

Studying for the U.S. Citizenship Test

As you can see, the U.S. citizenship test covers a lot of different topics. To pass the civics test, an applicant must answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly. If an applicant fails to answer 6 questions correctly, their application will likely be denied. It is important to study rigorously in preparation for the test.

The list of questions provided by USCIS is one of the best resources you can use to study the government and history questions on the U.S. citizenship test. All of the questions that you will be asked will be chosen from that list, so studying it will serve you well. When studying these questions, it is important to remember that the answers to some of the questions change over time, for example, “What is the political party of the President now?” and “Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?” The USCIS list includes links to resources that provide updated answers to these kinds of questions.

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