Revised Civics Test for Naturalization Application Initiated

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is revising the civics test for the naturalization application, which was last done in 2009. According to USCIS, the purpose of the revision is to ensure that it continues to accurately test the applicant’s knowledge and understanding of U.S. history, government, principles, and values. 

The revision is being made by a working group composed of USCIS members and with the input of adult education and testing experts, which seeks to ensure a fair and transparent revision process. The working group is also outlining procedures for updating the test every ten years. 

USCIS plans to implement the updated test in December 2020 or early 2021 after extensive piloting, which is set to start in the fall of 2019

The agency also announced that revision of the to the English speaking test, which requires applicants to demonstrate ability in speaking simple words and phrases in the English language, is being considered. 

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