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Do you have what it takes to become a citizen?

We the PeopleWhen immigrants want to become Americans, they must take a civics test as part of their naturalization interview before a Citizenship and Immigration Services (INS) officer. The questions are usually selected from a list of 100 sample questions that prospective citizens can look at ahead of the interview (though the examiner is not limited to those questions). Some are easy, some are not. We have picked some of the more difficult ones.

NOTES: The INS plans to revise its list of questions in 2008 (a pilot program is using these new questions at selected INS sites). Also, the questions in the test below are as asked on the official United States Immigration and Naturalization Services Web site. Candidates are not given multiple choices in the naturalization interview, which is conducted orally.

Take the test: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19552808

You answered 95% of questions correctly. Here’s your rating:

  • 0-20%: Maybe you’re still thinking too much about the Old Country.
  • 25-40%: Mmmm. Do you really want to be a citizen? This kind of performance isn’t going to impress those nice immigration folks.
  • 45-60%: Not too bad, but you really need to break out the civics books again — word is, the INS is looking for an 80 percent score.
  • 65-80%: Hey, you may make a good citizen yet! Look at your wrong answers and a little revision should do the trick.
  • 85-100%: Welcome to the United States! (And, truth be told, you know more about this great land than most Americans.)

I missed #19, sorry I had not studied INS forms…

Bill Larson
Bill Larson
Bill Larson is  is politically and socially active in the community. Bill is a member of the Friends of Dunbar Cave. You can reach him via telephone at 931-249-0043 or via the email address below.


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