US Citizenship Test to Go Back to The Way it Was: Biden Administration Rolls Back Test Changes

◾️Some applicants will be able to choose if they take the 2008 version or the 2020 version if their interviews fall before April 19, 2021

◾️Applicants who file after March 1, 2021 will be scheduled to take the original 2008 version of the exam (with 100 questions)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Monday it will dump former President Trump’s revised naturalization civics test. The Trump administration revised the test in 2020 to include additional questions and topics.

Both are oral examinations, where a USCIS officer will ask an applicant a various amount of questions. The 2008 examination features 10 questions from a list of 100 questions, whereas the 2020 version includes 20 questions from a list of 128 possible questions. Applicants are required to answer 12 out of 20 questions correctly; in the 2008 version, they had to get 6 out of 10 questions right.

Starting on March 1, 2021, USCIS plans to restore the previous 2008 version of the civics test, which assesses a citizenship applicant’s knowledge of U.S. history and government, and is administered during the naturalization interview. USCIS has also stated that they will be making some “changes” the content of the exam as well but did not specify what. We will update as we learn more.

What does this mean for me?

So if you filed your application between December 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021 and you have an interview before April 19, 2021, you have a choice in whether you take the 2008 version or the 2020 version. USCIS is expected to notify the applicants that are affected.

Basically, if you filed:

Before December 1, 2020– you will be administered the 2008 version of the test

After December 1, 2020 but before March 1, 2021– is your interview before April 19, 2021?

Yes- you will have an opportunity to choose whether you take the 2020 version or the 2008 version

No-you will be administered the 2008 version of the test

After March 1, 2021-you will be administered the 2008 version of the test

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