Study Materials for the Naturalization Test

Study Materials for the Naturalization Test

During your naturalization eligibility interview, a USCIS officer will test your ability to read, write, and speak English (unless you are exempt from the English requirements). You will also be given a civics test in English (to test your knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government) unless you are exempt. Even if exempt from the English test, you will need to take the civics test unless you qualify for a waiver. You may also be eligible to take the civics test in your native language with the assistance of an interpreter if you qualify.

English. Your English skills will be tested in the following ways:

  • Reading. To test your ability to read in English, you must read one sentence, out of three sentences, in a manner suggesting to the USCIS officer that you understand the meaning of the sentence.
  • Writing. To test your ability to write in English, you must write one sentence, out of three sentences, in a manner that would be understandable as written to the USCIS officer.
  • Speaking. Your ability to speak English is determined by your answers to questions normally asked by USCIS officers during the naturalization eligibility interview regarding the information on your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

Civics. During your interview, the USCIS officer will ask you to orally answer a set of civics questions. You must answer 6 out of 10 civics questions correctly to achieve a passing score. The list of questions can be found below or see the links to the left.

If you are searching for study materials for the old naturalization test, see the “Study Materials for the Old Naturalization Test” link to the right

English Portion of the New Naturalization Test

New Naturalization Test: Vocabulary List for the English Reading Test (165KB PDF)

New Naturalization Test: Reading Vocabulary Flash Cards (1235KB PDF)

New Naturalization Test: Vocabulary List for the English Writing Test (167KB PDF)

New Naturalization Test: Writing Vocabulary Flash Cards (1219KB PDF)