In the United States citizenship application process, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office will schedule an interview. This typically happens once you submit the naturalization application packet and you meet the requirements.
If you have any other questions about naturalization, citizenship, or immigration options for you and your family, talk to an experienced immigration attorney in your area.
During this interview, the examiner will test your reading and writing level of the English language through a simple dictation test.
If you have a physical disability that prevents you from reading or writing, or you are at least 65 years old and have lived in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least 20 years, you are not required to take the reading and writing test.
The examiner will also ask some questions about the government and the history of the United States to confirm that you have a basic understanding of these topics.
Below, you will find a USCIS list of 100 citizenship test questions. You should learn the answers to all of them, but you will only be asked 10 of them. You must answer six questions correctly.
These questions apply to everyone who submitted their citizenship application before December 2020.
1. What is the supreme law of the land?
2. What does the Constitution do?
3. The first three words of the Constitution contain the idea of self-government (that the people govern themselves). What are these words?
4. What is an amendment?
5. By what name are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution known?
6. What is a right or freedom that the First Amendment guarantees?
7. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
8. What did the Declaration of Independence do?
9. What are two rights in the Declaration of Independence?
10. What is freedom of religion?
11. What is the economic system of the United States?
12. What is the “rule of law” (law and order)?
13. Name a branch or part of the government.
14. What prevents one branch of government from becoming too powerful?
15. Who is in charge of the executive branch?
16. Who makes federal laws?
17. What are the two parts that make up the United States Congress?
18. How many United States senators are there?
19. How many years is the term of election for a United States senator?
20. Name one of the current senators from the state where you live.
21. How many voting members does the House of Representatives have?
22. How many years is the term of election of a representative of the United States?
23. Give the name of your national representative.
24. Who does a United States senator represent?
25. Why do some states have more representatives than others?
26. How many years is one term of a president?
27. In what month do we vote for a new president?
28. What is the name of the current president of the United States?
29. What is the name of the current vice president of the United States
30. If the president can no longer serve, who becomes president?
31. If both the president and vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president?
32. Who is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces?
33. Who signs the bills to make them a law?
34. Who vetoes bills?
35. What does the president’s Cabinet do?
36. What are two Cabinet-level positions?
37. What does the judicial branch do?
38. What is the highest court in the United States?
39. How many judges are there on the Supreme Court?
40. Who is the current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States?
41. According to our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is a power of the federal government?
42. According to our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is a power of the states?
43. Who is the current governor of your state?
44. What is the capital of your state?
45. What are the two main political parties in the United States?
46. What is the political party of the current president?
47. What is the name of the current Speaker of the House of Representatives?
48. There are four amendments to the Constitution on who can vote. Describe one of them.
49. What is a responsibility that corresponds only to the citizens of the United States?
50. What is a right that only United States citizens can exercise?
51. What are two rights that everyone living in the United States can exercise?
52. To what do we show our allegiance when we say the Pledge of Allegiance?
53. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?
54. How old do citizens have to be to vote for the president?
55. What are two ways that American citizens can participate in their democracy?
56. What is the deadline for submitting the federal income tax return?
57. When must all men register for the Selective Service?
58. What is one reason colonists came to America?
59. Who lived in what is now known as the United States before the arrival of the Europeans?
60. What group of people was brought to the United States and sold as slaves?
61. Why did the colonists fight the British?
62. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
63. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
64. There were 13 original states. Name three.
65. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
66. When was the Constitution written?
67. The writings known as “The Federalist Papers” supported the approval of the United States Constitution. Name one of its authors.
68. What is one reason Benjamin Franklin is famous for?
69. Who is known as the “Father of Our Nation”?
70. Who was the first president?
71. What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
72. Name one war the United States fought in the 1800s.
73. Give the name of the war between the North and the South of the United States.
74. Name one problem that led to the Civil War.
75. What was one important thing that Abraham Lincoln did?
76. What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
77. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
78. Name a war during the 1900s in which the United States fought.
79. Who was the president during the First World War?
80. Who was president during the Great Depression and World War II?
81. What countries did the United States fight in World War II?
82. Before he was president, Dwight Eisenhower was a general. What war did he participate in?
83. During the Cold War, what was the main concern of the United States?
84. What movement tried to end racial discrimination?
85. What did Martin Luther King Jr. do?
86. What major event occurred on September 11, 2001, in the United States?
87. Name one tribe of American Indians in the United States. (USCIS officers will be given a list of federally recognized Native American tribes.)
88. Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.
89. What ocean is on the west coast of the United States?
90. What ocean is on the east coast of the United States?
91. Give the name of a territory of the United States.
92. Name one state that borders Canada.
93. Name one state that borders Mexico.
94. What is the capital of the United States?
95. Where is the Statue of Liberty?
96. Why are there 13 stripes on the flag?
97. Why are there 50 stars on the flag?
98. What is the national anthem called?
99. When do we celebrate Independence Day?
100. List two United States national holidays.
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