What if you fail the English or Civics naturalization tests?

When you wish to become a U.S. citizen through the process of naturalization so that you may live in Georgia on a permanent basis, you must take part in a multi-step naturalization process. Part of this process involves taking two tests: an English test and a Civics test.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, most people looking to become citizens through naturalization must take these tests. However, in rare cases, you may be able to qualify for an exemption.

Passing the English and Civics tests

The English test assesses your ability to read, write and speak using basic English. There are vocabulary lists available online to help you study. The Civics test assesses your knowledge about American history and government. There are two different Civics tests – a 2008 version and a 2020 version. When you filed your application for naturalization determines which Civics test you take. While you may feel anxious ahead of taking the tests, try not to panic. The majority, or more than 90%, of people who do so pass without issue.

Failing to pass the English and Civics tests

You should also try not to panic if you fail the English test, the Civics test or both. You have two tries to pass the tests. If you fail either part, you have the option to retake the section you failed after waiting between 60 and 90 days after your original interview.

The English and Civics tests are important parts of the naturalization process. However, there are many additional steps you must take if you wish to become a U.S. citizen via this method.