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What happens if you fail the USCIS Naturalization Test?

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2023 | Citizenship & Naturalization

To become a U.S. citizen, you must pass both the English and civics portions of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Naturalization Test. The English portion of the exam assesses your ability to read, write, speak and understand English proficiently. The civics portion evaluates your knowledge of American government and history.

Passing the test helps demonstrate that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful U.S. citizen. Failing the test can be disappointing, but you will soon have a final chance to pass the test. Here are three tips to help you succeed.

Identify your weaknesses

Did you fail the English or civics part of the test, or perhaps both portions? Make it a point to continue learning more about the test topics you did poorly on the first time. Give yourself extra time for studying to improve your chances of passing on your second attempt.

Step up your practicing

If you struggle to speak or understand English, practice at every opportunity. Reading aloud may help you learn to speak the language sufficiently, and copying pages from books can improve your comprehension and reading skills. Exploring American history and government books in your local library may help you pass the civics exam.

Take a class

If you feel you need more help, consider taking a test preparation class. Doing so can help you learn the material in a structured environment, and you will get feedback on your progress. Most regions offer classes like this one, which you will find at Baltimore Community College.

With renewed dedication and hard work, you can pass the test and become a U.S. citizen. If there are other obstacles barring your way to naturalization, legal guidance can help you address them and move forward with your goals.