3 types of support available for the naturalization tests

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2024 | US Immigration Law

The naturalization process requires preparation and patience. Immigrants have to submit certain documents and submit themselves to extreme scrutiny. In addition to background checks and an interview, they also have to prepare for two tests.

Testing occurs during the naturalization interview. Immigrants who want to become citizens generally need to show that they understand the law and government in the United States. They also need to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

There are several types of support available from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for those about to undergo naturalization testing. What forms of support increase someone’s chances of passing the test?

Official study materials

The USCIS does not structure naturalization testing in a way that puts immigrants at a disadvantage. If anything, the agency provides resources to set people up for success. Then USCIS provides a list of vocabulary words that can improve someone’s chances of passing the English language test. Immigrants also have an opportunity to study the exact questions used for the Civics test. There are 100 potential questions, and they can study that list for as long as they need so that they feel confident about getting at least six out of 10 questions asked correctly.

Age-related exemptions

Older adults may have a more difficult time than younger immigrants preparing for testing. Language testing can be particularly difficult for aging immigrants. The USCIS does exempt certain older adults from language testing requirements. Someone who has been in the country for at least 20 years at 50 years of age could bypass the English language test. The same is true of immigrants who are at least 55 and have been in the country for 15 years.

Special needs accommodations

Some people may struggle with standardized testing and interviews because of pre-existing medical conditions. The USCIS does offer proper accommodations for those with medical challenges that could affect their test performance. Provided that someone has documentation of their medical challenges, they can request accommodations that can make testing more feasible.

Those preparing for the naturalization process often need help learning about their options and rights. Making use of testing support could improve someone’s chances of passing the overall naturalization test the first time they take it.