What questions will be asked at my citizenship interview?

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Are you getting ready for your citizenship interview? Find out what questions you will be asked in your citizenship interview.

The citizenship interview has three different kinds of questions.

  • Some are questions about you.
  • Some are questions that test your reading and writing.
  • Some are questions that test your knowledge of the United States of America.

All types of questions are also testing your English skills, so try to answer clearly, and use words that show you understand the question.

Before you go in

When it is time for your appointment, the USCIS officer will come out to the waiting room to get you. The officer will call your name and then introduce himself or herself. The officer may ask you, “How are you?” Although it is not your official test yet, the officer is already testing your English language skills. So you will want to say something like, “I am well, thank you. How are you?” Then you will follow the officer to the citizenship interview room.

The first question

Not  all questions in your interview will be exactly the same as everyone else’s questions. But the first question will always be the same. Before you even sit down, the  USCIS officer will ask you for a promise to tell the truth. He or she will say, “Do you swear or affirm that the statements you will give today will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”

You should answer, “I do.”

Questions about you

During the interview, the officer is making sure your information is true and correct. He or she will ask lots of questions about the information on your application (Form N-400).

The officer will ask questions about your background. He or she may ask questions that were not on the application form. Here are some types of questions you might be asked:

  • Have you traveled abroad since you filled out your form?
  • Were you ever married before? Have you been divorced?
  • Have you ever committed a crime? Do you have a criminal record?
  • What organizations do you belong to?
  • Do you swear allegiance to the United States? (Do you promise to be a good citizen?)
  • Have you ever served in the military? If you were required to serve in the military by draft, would you?

Don’t forget! The officer is testing your English at the same time. Answer clearly and show that you understand. If you don’t understand, it’s okay to say, “I’m sorry – will you repeat the question, please?”

When the questions are finished, the officer will ask you you to sign the documents he or she filled in.

Questions that test your reading skills

The officer will show you a sentence to read. If you read it correctly, you have passed the reading test. If you get it wrong, you will get two more tries at reading a sentence. You only need to get one reading question right out of the three tries.

The Reading Test Vocabulary List  will help you study for the English reading part of the naturalization interview. It shows the words you will be asked to read.

Questions that test your writing skills

There will be a short written part to the test to test your writing skills. The officer will tell you a sentence to write down. If you write it correctly, you have passed the writing test. If you get it wrong, you will get two more tries at writing a sentence. You only need to write one correct sentence right to pass the writing test.

The Writing Test Vocabulary List will help you study for the English writing portion of the naturalization test. It shows the words you will be asked to write.

Questions about the United States

You will also have to take a test on US history and government, or civics. During this exam, you must answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly about US civics. The questions and answers are spoken. The officer will tell you if your answer is correct or not. Once you have answered six questions correctly, the officer will stop asking questions and tell you that you’ve passed that part of the test.

Here is a list of the 100 official questions that the officer will pick 10 questions from. Some of the answers, such as the name of the president, may change from the ones shown here by the time you take your test.

Learn more

Take our free online citizenship class anytime!

• Find out what happens in your interview:
What is the naturalization interview?

• Watch a video from USCIS to show you what the interview process is like:

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