Those who come to America in hopes of becoming legal citizens have a few hurdles to overcome before they can achieve this status, but they do not have to face the future alone. While providing the proper documentation and filing the right forms is one step, another is the United States Civics Test, given to certain individuals upon their first appointment with immigration services.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services note that applicants have the opportunity to take practice tests and improve their chances of success; however, there are a few other actions they can take that may help them feel more confident on testing day.
Practice reading and writing
Applicants learning English may want to start out slowly and make use of easy-to-read children’s books and tracing paper that may help them learn to form letters and English words. Those who speak and write limited English can take advantage of spelling tests online and by using flashcards. Daily practice can keep information fresh in an applicant’s mind and improve motivation.
Work with a friend
Either working with a friend who plans to take the civics test or a naturalized person willing to help out may help those studying feel less frustrated or isolated. Online study sessions are often convenient for those who do not have transportation, so applicants can meet in chat rooms to compare notes and work out practice questions.
Take practice tests
There are a few practice civics tests available online that may reduce much of the anxiety and fear some may have over this step of naturalization. These tests update often, so it is wise to utilize them.
Flashcards and other resources are also available from the USCIS website. Applicants may want to inquire which version of the test applies to them depending on their filing status.