USCIS to Conduct Trial Run of Modified Naturalization Test

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be conducting a nationwide trial of updates to the naturalization test. The trial will include changes to the English-speaking and civics portions of the test, while leaving the reading and writing portions unchanged.

Goal of Improving Naturalization Process

This trial is being conducted in response to an executive order issued by President Biden in February 2021, which included a directive to promote and improve the naturalization process. The USCIS notes that the redesigned test being used for the trial is based on input from stakeholders and subject matter experts. The USCIS expects the trial to be conducted over a five-month period in 2023, using about 1,500 volunteers who are presently enrolled in adult education classes.


The results of the trial may be used by the USCIS to support changes to the naturalization test, making the path to U.S. citizenship more accessible to eligible candidates. The USCIS has stated that all interested parties are welcome to submit written data, views, comments, and arguments on all aspects of this trial and test.


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