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Find Study Materials for the 2008 Version of the Civics Test

You can find study materials for the 2008 version of the civics test and English language test on this page.

Important Updates to the Naturalization Test

USCIS has revised the civics portion of the naturalization test. All applicants for naturalization with a filing date on or after Dec. 1, 2020, will be required to take the 2020 version of the civics test. For more information, visit The 2020 Version of the Civics Test page. Applicants for naturalization with a filing date before Dec. 1, 2020, are required to take the 2008 version of the civics test.

Before your naturalization interview, study for the English and civics test by using our free resources to help you prepare.

Test Overview

For the English portion of the naturalization test you must demonstrate an understanding of the English language, including the ability to read, write, and speak basic English.

  • Your ability to speak and understand English will be determined by a USCIS officer during your eligibility interview on Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  • For the reading test, you must read out loud one out of three sentences correctly to demonstrate an ability to read in English.
  • For the writing test, you must write one out of the three sentences correctly to demonstrate an ability to write in English.

Civics Test 

2008 Version
The 2008 version of the civics test is an oral test, and the USCIS officer will ask you up to 10 questions from the list of 100 civics test questions. You must answer 6 questions correctly to pass the 2008 version of the civics test. 

  • Applicants for naturalization with a filing date (also known as a receipt date) before Dec. 1, 2020, will take the 2008 version of the civics test. You may find study materials for the 2008 version of the civics test on this page.

2020 Version
The 2020 version of the civics test is an oral test, and the USCIS officer will ask you 20 questions from the list of 128 civics test questions. You must answer at least 12 of the 20 questions correctly to pass the 2020 version of the civics test

  •  Applicants for naturalization with a filing date (also known as a receipt date) on or after Dec. 1, 2020 are required to take the 2020 version of the civics test. Find more information about the 2020 civics test and study materials to help you prepare. 

65/20 Special Consideration

If you are 65 years old or older and have been living in the United States as a lawful permanent resident of the United States for 20 or more years, you may study just the 20 questions that have been marked with an asterisk (*) found at the end of each question. You may also take the naturalization test in the language of your choice. For more information, see exceptions and accommodations or the USCIS Policy Manual Citizenship and Naturalization Guidance.

Note: On the naturalization test, some answers may change because of elections or appointments. You must answer the question with the name of the official serving at the time of your naturalization interview. For the answers to these specific questions, please visit the Civics Test Updates page.

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Search below for civics flash cards, interactive practice tests, study booklets, videos and more. You may purchase USCIS products and publications from the U.S. Government Bookstore.

Booklet highlighting citizenship rights and responsibilities, prominent foreign-born Americans, and patriotic symbols.
Online videos and activities highlight museum objects from the Smithsonian Institution to help you prepare for the civics test.
Practice your knowledge of U.S. history and government.
El autoexamen de práctica sobre civismo es una herramienta de estudio que le ayuda a probar sus conocimientos sobre la historia y gobierno de los Estados Unidos.
This presentation provides a general overview of the naturalization process including where to find immigration information and the general requirements for obtaining U.S. citizenship.
The USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test video provides an overview of the naturalization process and testing requirements. The video highlights scenes from the naturalization interview, including the English and civics portions of the naturalization test. This video also comes with a Teacher Guide for educators to use as part of their classroom resources.
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 for the English reading portion of the naturalization test.
Official list of vocabulary for the English writing portion of the naturalization test.