Are you smarter than a (legal) immigrant?

Do you think you could pass the US Citizenship Test?

An important part of the application process for becoming a US citizen is passing a civics test, covering important U.S. history and government topics. There are 100 civics questions on the naturalization test. During the interview process, applicants are asked up to 10 of those questions and must be able to answer at least 6 questions correctly.


So they say only 62% of us could pass the test required to become a citizen, huh? That’s actually not too bad when I think about it!  That would be 62% without any preparation for the test.  If we knew we were taking a test, and spent even a little time preparing, I’m sure that number would be closer to 90%.

Here is a sampling of what may be asked. How will you do? (The answers are at the end.  Don’t peek!)

1. Who is in charge of the executive branch?

a) The President

b) The Speaker of the House

c) The Majority Whip

d) The Chief Justice.


2. How many U.S. Senators are there?

a) 50

b) 100

c) 200

d) 435


3. What is the economic system in the United States?

a) capitalism

b) socialism

c) communism

d) bartering


4. Who can veto bills?

a) The Congress

b) The President

c) The Vice President

d) The Senate


5. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

a) Life, Liberty, Happiness

b) Be it Resolved

c) We the People

d) Make no law


6. When was the Declaration of Independence adopted?

a) July 4, 1776

b) December 7, 1941

c) January 1, 1800

d) May 25, 1787


7. Who was the first President?

a) Thomas Jefferson

b) George Washington

c) Abraham Lincoln

d) Benjamin Franklin


8. What ocean is on the West Coast of the United States?

a) Pacific

b) Atlantic

c) Indian

d) Gulf of Mexico


9. What is the capital of the United States?

a) New York, NY

b) Philadelphia, PA

c) Boston, MA

d) Washington, DC


10. How many justices are on the Supreme Court?

a) 7

b) 8

c) 9

d) 12


Answers: 1a, 2b, 3a, 4b, 5c, 6a, 7b, 8a, 9d, 10c.


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