The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Friday announced a new naturalization test with more than two dozen additional questions and the greater number of correct answers required to achieve a passing score.
Agency Announced that the updated oral examCompared to the 100 included in the previous edition from 2008, 128 questions about the US government and history will be included.
While the current exam requires individuals to answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly, the 2020 version requires 12 out of 20 correct answers to pass.
according to Update pool of questions and answers Posted on the department’s website, the first set of questions span three categories: US Government Principles, Systems of Government, and Rights and Responsibilities.
The test includes questions about American history as well as American symbols and holidays.
While the 2008 examination, implemented at the end of the chairmanship of George W. Bush, required examiners to name one of the three branches of government, the new examination asked immigrants to name them all.
There are some questions that are completely new, including “Why is electoral college important?”
Some answers to traditional questions have also been changed. For example, the correct answer listed in the 2000 test “Who does an American senator represent? “” All the people of the state were. ”
Now, the correct answer is “Citizens of your state.”
It looks like a change President TrumpDonald John Trumptramp: New York won’t immediately receive COVID-19 vaccine, considering Biden Yellen as potential Treasury Secretary: Report Trump puts Giuliani in charge of election lawsuits: report and Has sought to exclude unspecified immigrants from the 2020 census census. The census is used to determine federal funds and Congressional seat allocation to states.
USCIS stated in its announcement that the English-speaking and writing components of the exam have not changed from the previous version.
USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Adlo told On the washington post Friday that new citizenship test “prepares immigrants to become fully vested members of American society.”
“USCIS has worked diligently to modify the naturalization test since 2018,” it said in a statement.
According to the Post, the new exam was presented to community organizations and volunteers over the summer as part of a pilot program.
USCIS said in a statement to The Hill on Saturday that the new test is part of a “decisive update to ensure that it is a tool that broadens applicants’ knowledge of American history, government and civic values.” Assesses with. “
The agency said in its statement that the new exam still needs to pass 60 percent, as well as adjusting the number of correct answers required for the new questions.
The department told The Hill, “The new exam does not include the geography section in the 2008 edition because these questions” were not adequately tied to the statutory standard. ”
Dug Rand, immigration policy adviser under former President Obama administration Tweeted Friday’s new exam is “unnecessary, inappropriate, over-complicated, and shamelessly ideological.”
“This is a clear attempt to throw another obstacle in front of legally eligible immigrants for the US presidency, ”Rand wrote, presidential election Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump: New York will not receive COVID-19 vaccine Immediately considering Biden Yellen as possible Treasury Secretary: Report Obama hit Trump for refusing, says there is ‘no legal basis’ for challengesThe previous version should be reinstated when the administration takes office in January.
The new civics test is unnecessary, unfair, over-complicated, and shameless ideology.
This is a clear attempt to throw another barrier in front of legally eligible immigrants to American citizens.
Biden Admin can immediately restore the current exam.
– Doug Rand (@doug_rand) November 13, 2020