As of October 1, 2008, the USCIS began administering a redesigned (new) naturalization test.
If you filed your Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) on or after October 1, 2008, then you must prepare and take the new U.S. citizenship test.
Refer to the table below to determine which U.S. citizenship exam is right for you:
|On or After October 1, 2008
When Is My Application Filed?
Your Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) is properly filed with the USCIS on the date it is received by the appropriate USCIS office with your signature, the correct fee, and in completion per the filing instructions.
If your application is incomplete for any reason, then it is not properly filed.
Your application is not filed when you mail it to the USCIS.
More About The New Test
Redesigned (New) Naturalization Test
In the interest of creating a more standardized, fair, and meaningful naturalization process, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently completed a multi-year redesign of the naturalization test. The revised test, with an emphasis on the fundamental concepts of American democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, will help encourage citizenship applicants to learn and identify with the basic values we all share as Americans.
The major aim of the redesign process is to ensure that naturalization applicants have uniform, consistent testing experiences nationwide, and that the civics test can effectively assess whether applicants have a meaningful understanding of U.S. government and history. Following a basic U.S. history and civics curriculum, the redesigned test will serve as an important instrument to encourage civic learning and patriotism among prospective citizens.
To accomplish these goals, USCIS initially piloted a new test — with an overhauled English reading and writing section, as well as new history and government questions — in ten sites across the country. The feedback from this pilot was then used to finalize testing procedures, English reading and writing prompts, and a list of 100 new history and government questions. To ensure the pilot accounted for a representative sample of candidates with a variety of education levels, the test was also piloted at adult education sites nationwide.
The resulting redesigned test was publicly introduced on September 27, 2007. Naturalization applicants began taking the revised test on October 1, 2008.