A New U.S. Citizenship Test Is Coming.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a goal of instating a new citizenship test by the end of 2024. The current test hasn’t been updated since 2008. USCIS wants the new test to match current educational standards. The new test has been designed, but USCIS is not using it yet.

There are 3 parts to the citizenship test; reading, writing, and speaking. Let’s look at the test sections and what will change.

Current Test

New Test

Reading Section:

Each applicant has to read sentences to the examiner.


No changes
Writing Section:

The examiner asks each applicant to write up to 3 sentences.

Applicants study a list of vocabulary words from USCIS.


No changes
Speaking Section:

The examiner asks the applicant questions from the information on the N-400 form.

New Speaking Section:

The examiner will show the applicant a picture of the weather, food, shopping, school, or other daily items.

Then the examiner will ask what is happening in the pictures.

The applicant must describe at least 1 thing in the picture to pass.

U.S. Government & History Section:

People taking the test must show knowledge of the U.S. government and history. Applicants are given a list of 100 possible questions. They will be asked 10 questions and must get 6 correct.



New U.S. Government & History Section:

The U.S. history and government section will be multiple choice and the test will be on the computer.

The test will continue to be 10 questions from the list of 100 questions.

Applicants are still required to get at least 6 out of the 10 questions correct.


This information talks about USCIS’s proposed new test. The new test is not yet ready. USCIS could still make changes.

This information is only here to inform you of the possible changes.

**I have no affiliation with USCIS. Please contact their website for the most up-to-date immigration information and requirements**