There are many who are not aware of the U.S. citizenship test taken by the applicants for citizenship. This post is for those who are not aware of this test.
Permanent residents (green card holders) who apply for citizenship will need to demonstrate that they are good in English and that they are aware of the country’s history. This is the reason why they are required to take the naturalization test and establish they are good in English and that they know about the country in which they are applying to become citizens.
Following are few questions that are on the list of 100 civics questions that are asked during the citizenship test.
- How many justices are on the Supreme Court?
- Which one of the following is a branch or part of the U.S. government?
- What do we call the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution?
Reports show that there are some native Americans who are not aware of the country’s history and are unable to answer the above questions. In order to make sure that the native-born Americans know about their country’s history, some American states have decided to push state legislatures to require high school students to pass the same U.S. citizenship test that the immigrants are required to pass.
High school students may soon be required to prepare for a similar citizenship test and get through that test before they graduate from high school. The Civics Education Initiative (CEI) is likely to introduce a legislation in Arizona, Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina, and Utah that would require high school students to take the test during their high school careers. They also must pass the test before receiving their high school diplomas.
CEI came up with such a legislation as public surveys conducted by Annenberg Public Policy Center and other organizations found that most Americans are not able to correctly identify the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, name the three branches of the government and when the Constitution was signed. CEI is planning to introduce such a legislation in all the American states and implement such requirements in high schools by September 17, 2017, the 230th birthday of the U.S. Constitution.
We offer citizenship resources to our readers that will help them prepare for their U.S. citizenship tests. These resources will not only help green card holders preparing for their U.S. citizenship tests but also the Americans who wish to learn about the country’s history!