The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office has been working on an updated version of the Naturalization test. The new test puts emphasis on basic and important concepts of American democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The test will help encourage applicants to learn and identify with basic American values. It is considered to be a more fair and meaningful test than the previous version. The new version was introduced to the public on September 27, 2007 and will take effect in October 2008. This gives applicants working toward citizenship time to prepare for the redesigned test.
Which Test Do You Take?
- If you apply BEFORE October 1, 2008 AND you are scheduled for your naturalization interview BEFORE October 1, 2008, You will take the current test.
- If you apply BEFORE October 1, 2008 AND you are scheduled for your naturalization interview AFTER October 1, 2008, You may choose to take the current test or the redesigned test.
- If you apply AFTER October 1, 2008, You must take the redesigned test.
- If you are scheduled for your naturalization interview AFTER October 1, 2009 , You must take the redesigned test.
How Can You Study for the Test?
DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL) will add new study materials when they become available. The Library plans to receive study materials in several languages. Until then, you may visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov. Click on the link for Education & Resources near the top right side of the page. Then click on Civics and Citizenship Study Materials on the upper left side of the page. You can print out flash cards, civics lessons, and sample test questions. If you need help finding study materials, or if you would like to find a citizenship class nearby, you may ask for help at any DCPL location or just visit our website.