Applying for citizenship in the United States of America is an exciting and empowering step in your journey to becoming a citizen. Adequately preparing for the naturalization test will require you to study and practice various topics designed to familiarize and educate you about your new home.

If you complete the naturalization test but receive a correspondence informing you that you failed the test, you may wonder what your next step is. Fortunately, an unsuccessful first attempt does not mean it is over for you.

Preparing to try again

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there is no limit to the number of times you can retake the naturalization test. However, if you only failed a portion of the test, you may not need to retake the entire thing. You have two tries to pass the English and civics portion of the test. If you do not pass the first two times, you will need to wait between 60 to 90 days before retaking the failed portion.

Relying on the resources provided to you and asking family members and friends to quiz you on your knowledge may help you to prepare and master the concepts on the test.

Being vigilant and organized

The more vigilant you are in your approach to studying for your naturalization test, the more effectively you may understand the requirements to pass. As you go through the process of becoming a citizen, practice due diligence in making sure you submit all of the applicable and required documentation the first time so you can prevent having to redo steps.