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Citizenship Test Independent Study Resources

December 18, 2020

ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING UPDATES TO THE CIVICS TEST  

On Nov. 13, 2020 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised civics test. Only applicants who submit their application on or after Dec. 1, 2020 are required to take the new “2020 version” of the test. Anyone who submitted their application before Dec. 1, 2020 will take the “2008 version.” For more information, please visit the USCIS website. 

USA Learns: U.S. Citizenship Course https://usalearns.org/usa-learns-citizenship 

In addition to English lessons, USA Learns now has a U.S. Citizenship course to help you prepare for your citizenship or naturalization interview. Create a free account to access the four units: 

USAHello Classroom https://classroom.usahello.org/programs/us-citizenship-test-preparation/ 

The Refugee Center Online has a variety of resources to prepare you for the citizenship interview. Create a free account to access citizenship classes in ENGLISH and SPANISH. 

CLINIC’s Citizenship Test Guide 

This ebook provides written lessons on U.S. history and government relevant to the Citizenship Exam. It also includes a glossary of vocabular terms and discussion questions for optional self-study.  

USCIS Practice Test Video Series  

Listening to the civics questions is a good way to study for the Citizenship Exam because the test is conducted verbally. Watch official USCIS Naturalization YouTube videos to learn more about the test and interview process.  

Official List of the Civics Exam Questions 

If you submitted your application BEFORE Dec. 1, 2020 (use the 2008 edition):  

If you submitted your application AFTER Dec. 1, 2020 (use the 2020 edition)  

What happens if I want to apply for citizenship but don’t speak English?  

There are exemptions to the English-language requirement if: 

This means you can use an interpreter during the interview, including during the civics exam. Applicants who have been residents for at least 20 years and are at least 65 years old also qualify to take a shortened version of the exam.  

Additionally, you can request an exemption to both the English-language and the civics testing requirements if a doctor can certify that you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from learning English or studying for the exams. For more information, please visit the USCIS website’s Exceptions and Accommodations page.    

Canal Alliance Citizenship Classes 

Canal Alliance offers 10-week Citizenship Classes throughout the year to prepare individuals for the Citizenship Exam and the United States Customs & Immigration Services (USCIS) interview process. Citizenship classes are offered in the evenings and are taught in English. 

Canal Alliance is NOT currently offering Citizenship Classes to the public. However, Novato Adult School is currently offering online ESL and Citizenship Classes. Please visit their website at https://nusd.org/adult-education/ or call 415-493-4314 for registration information.  

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