On November 13, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a revised version of the civics test, which contains questions regarding the history, government, and civic values of the United States. This test is part of the process of the application for U.S. citizenship and is one of the legal requirements to obtain U.S. citizenship. This revised version of the test will affect applications received by USCIS as of December 1, 2020.
The new version of the test includes more questions that test the applicant’s understanding of United States history, government, and civic values. These changes cover a variety of topics and USCIS believes the revised test provides the applicant with more opportunities to learn about the United States. This revised test will not change the passing score, which will remain at 60%. However, applicants must correctly answer 12 questions out of 20 to pass the exam.
Those who apply before December 1, 2020, will take the current version of the test which requires applicants to correctly answer 6 questions out of 10 to pass the test.