74% of US Born Citizens Can’t Pass Citizenship Test

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Applicants for Naturalization must have a good knowledge of U.S. history and government, which is confirmed by taking a citizenship test. During the test, a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer randomly selects 10 questions from a list of 100 and reads them in English to the would-be citizen, who must answer at least 6 correctly.

Only 1 in 3 – 36% – of Americans would pass a multiple-choice test with questions from the U.S. Citizenship Test, according to a 2018 national survey conducted by Lincoln Park Strategies, an analytic research firm. 

The survey found that:

  • 72% of respondents either incorrectly identified or were unsure of which states were part of the 13 original states
  • Only 24% could correctly identify one thing Benjamin Franklin was famous for, with 37 percent believing he invented the lightbulb
  • Only 24% knew the correct answer as to why the colonists fought the British
  • 12% incorrectly thought WWII General Dwight Eisenhower led troops in the Civil War; 6% thought he was a Vietnam War general
  • While most knew the cause of the Cold War, 2% said climate change

Those 65 years and older scored the best, with 74% answering at least six in 10 questions correctly. For those under the age of 45, only 19% passed with the exam, with 81 percent scoring a 59% or lower.

USCIS has announced plans to improve the Naturalization Test in 2020. 

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