Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessons

ENGLISH TEST

There are three components of the English test: speaking, reading, and writing. According to the law, an applicant must demonstrate: "an understanding of the English language, including an ability to read, write, and speak...simple words and phrases...in ordinary usage in the English language...." This means that to be eligible for naturalization, you must be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
You are required to pass each of the three components of the English test with the exception of applicants who qualify as:
   50 years of age or older AND a permanent resident for at least 20 years at the time of filing the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400;
   55 years of age or older AND a permanent resident for at least 15 years at the time of filing the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400;
   or, any person who is unable to demonstrate an understanding of English because of a medically determinable physical and/or medical impairment as determined by an approved Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, Form N-648.

Speaking Portion 

Your ability to speak English will be determined by the USCIS Officer from your answers to questions normally asked during the eligibility interview on the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400.

Reading Portion 

Each reading test administered to you will contain no more than three (3) sentences. You must read one (1) out of three (3) sentences correctly to demonstrate an ability to read in English. To help you prepare, USCIS released a reading vocabulary list found below containing all the words found in the English reading portion of the naturalization test. The content focuses on civics and history topics.

PEOPLE

CIVICS

PLACES

HOLIDAYS

QUESTION WORDS

VERBS

OTHER (FUNCTION)

OTHER (CONTENT)

Writing Portion 

Each writing test administered to you will contain no more than three (3) sentences. You must write one (1) out of three (3) sentences correctly in order to demonstrate an ability to write in English. To help you prepare, USCIS released a writing vocabulary list found below containing all the words found in the English writing portion of the naturalization test. The content focuses on civics and history topics.

PEOPLE

CIVICS

PLACES

MONTHS

HOLIDAYS

VERBS

OTHER (FUNCTION)

OTHER (CONTENT)

To find this and other educational materials for permanent residents, please visit www.uscis.gov/citizenship. For more information on the U.S. naturalization test, please visit www.uscis.gov/citizenshiptest.
Note: Some of the content in this publication may change due to elections and appointments. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will make every effort to update this publication in a timely manner. As of July 2011, all information in this publication is current.

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