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Can you retake the naturalization test if you fail it?

On Behalf of | Oct 12, 2023 | Immigration & Naturalization

The naturalization test is an important step in the U.S. citizenship process. It is designed to assess an applicant’s knowledge of the U.S. government, history, and English. 

If you or someone in your family is preparing to take this test, it is important to study and prepare. However, it’s not uncommon to wonder: what happens if you don’t pass on your first attempt?

What does the test cover?

One of the best ways to prevent failure is to prepare. The first step is to know what is covered. 

The naturalization test comprises two main components: an English test and a civics test. The English test evaluates the applicant’s reading, writing and speaking abilities. The civics test gauges their understanding of U.S. government and history. Each section holds its own weight, and passing both is necessary to move forward in the naturalization process.

What are your options if you fail?

Here’s the good news: if you fail either the English or the civics component, you will be given a second chance. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allows applicants who fail any part of the test to retake only the portion they did not pass. This second attempt will usually be scheduled within 60 to 90 days of the initial test.

Preparation is key

If you have to retake part of the test, it is necessary to thoroughly review and practice the material. Numerous resources are available, including study guides and practice tests provided by USCIS, to help applicants prepare. Additionally, many community organizations offer preparatory classes and sessions, ensuring applicants have the best chance of success.

The naturalization test is necessary to move forward in the immigration and citizenship process. By preparing and understanding the retake procedures, applicants can confidently approach the test and move one step closer to becoming U.S. citizens.