USCIS is Reverting Back to the 2008 Version of the Civics Test
USCIS currently has two versions of the civics test. Some applicants will be required to take the 2008 civics test, while others may have the choice between the 2008 and 2020 civics tests. Visit the USCIS Citizenship Resource Center at
to determine if you have to take the 2008 civics test, or have the option to choose.
Please note: The Civics Practice Test contains only the questions and answers from the 2008 version of the civics test which is made up of 100 questions and answers about American government and history.
Welcome to the Civics Practice Test!
The civics practice test is a study tool to help you test your knowledge of U.S. history and government. You have the option to review the questions in English only or in English with Spanish subtitles. The actual test is in English. We have provided Spanish subtitles for those who may find it easier to learn in their native language. Use this online tool to prepare for the civics portion of the naturalization test.
This practice test contains 20 questions.
What to expect during the real test
The actual civics test is NOT a multiple choice test. During the naturalization interview, a USCIS officer will ask you up to 10 questions from the list of 100 questions in English. You must answer correctly 6 of the 10 questions to pass the civics test.
Certain applicants, because of age and time as a permanent resident, are exempt from the English requirements for naturalization and may take the civics test in the language of their choice. For more information, see our Exceptions and Accommodations page.
Tips for studying
On the naturalization test, some answers may change because of elections or political appointments. As you study for the test, make sure that you know the most current answers to the questions. Answer these questions with the name of the official who is serving at the time of your eligibility interview with USCIS. The USCIS officer will not accept an incorrect answer.
The instructions and content in this practice civics test are not intended to provide legal advice or guarantee that you will pass the civics test during your naturalization interview. If you have any questions, go to our website at www.uscis.gov/citizenship, review the citizenship resources page, or consult with a lawyer.
You can find an organization in your area that offers English as a Second Language and citizenship preparation classes.