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Sec. 312.3 Standardized citizenship testing.
An applicant for naturalization may satisfy the reading and writing requirements of §
and the knowledge requirements of §
by passing, within one (1) year preceding the date on which he or she files an application for naturalization, or at any time subsequent to filing an application, but prior to any final determination on the application, a standardized citizenship test given by an entity authorized by the Service to conduct such a test. (Revised 2/3/95; 60 FR 6647)
The applicant must still demonstrate his or her ability to speak and understand English in accordance with §
An applicant who passes a standardized citizenship test may submit evidence of passage of the test either with the submission of the application, at the examination on the application, or at the time of the second examination provided in §
. Any evidence of passage submitted by the applicant shall be subject to independent verification by the Service with the test provider.
An applicant who passes a standardized citizenship test as provided in paragraph (a)(1) of this section for naturalization shall not be reexamined at the Service naturalization interview on his or her ability to read and write English or on his or her knowledge of the history and form of government of the United States, unless the examining officer has reasonable cause to believe, subsequent to verification of the applicant's test results with the authorized testing entity, that the applicant's test result
s were obtained through fraud or misrepresentation. The applicant's inability to speak English may not be the sole reason for finding that the test results were obtained through fraud or misrepresentation. A written record of the officer's determination shall be made in the record of the application including the response from the testing entity concerning the applicant's test. (Revised 2/3/95; 60 FR 6647)
An applicant who has failed a standardized citizenship test will not be prejudiced by that failure during an examination conducted by the Service under §
, and may continue to pursue the application with the Service as if the applicant had never taken the standardized test. (Paragraph (a) revised 9/24/93; 58 FR 49912)
An applicant who has obtained lawful permanent resident alien status pursuant to Section
of the Act, and who, at that time demonstrated English language proficiency in reading and writing, and knowledge of the government and history of the United States through either an examination administered by the Service or a standardized Section 312 test authorized by the Service for use with Legalization applicants as provided in Section
of the Act, will not be reexamined on those skills at the time of the naturalization interview. However, such applicant must still establish eligibility for naturalization through testimony in the English language.