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The English test has three components: reading, writing, and speaking. Your ability to speak English will be determined by a USCIS Officer during your eligibility interview on Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. For the reading portion, you must read one out of three sentences correctly. For the writing test, you must write one out of three sentences correctly. Several study tools are available to help you prepare. To get started, see the materials below. Visit the U.S. Government Bookstore to purchase USCIS products and publications.

Certain applicants, because of age and time as a permanent resident, are exempt from the English requirements for naturalization and may take the civics test in the language of their choice. For more information, see exceptions and accommodations.

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English Vocabulary for the Naturalization Test

Easy-to-use flash cards containing vocabulary words to help study for the English reading portion of the naturalization test.

Easy-to-use flash cards containing vocabulary words to help study for the English writing portion of the naturalization test.

Official list of vocabulary to help study for the English reading portion of the naturalization test.

Study Booklets

Quick Civics Lessons

Study booklet containing short lessons based on each of the 100 civics questions and answers on the naturalization test.

Interactive Practice Tests

This listening activity has commands that you may hear during the naturalization interview. Download the self-study flash cards to practice on your own.

This reading activity has words and phrases that you may read on the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400, or hear during the naturalization interview.

This reading and listening activity has words and phrases that you may read on the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400, or hear during the naturalization interview.

Videos

Short video providing an overview of the naturalization process and test.

An Overview of the Naturalization Process

Brief presentation on the naturalization process and citizenship eligibility requirements.