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Have You Got What It Takes to Become a U.S. Citizen?

As of October 1st there is a new naturalization test. Some people find it more difficult, but some actually find it easier. It expands the number of correct answers, and often only asks for one example— i.e. asking for one branch of government rather than all three. The new test tries to offer more conceptual questions that get at what test takers really understand about becoming a citizen, asking, for example, what is a responsibility of U.S. citizenship, and what is a right, what promises you make upon becoming a citizen, and ways you can participate in the democratic process. It asks you to describe one of the amendments that deal with voting rights, rather than to simply list them.

If you are interested, try taking the new test. You can compare it to the old one. And you can get the CNN perspective here.



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