Quiz: Do you know enough civics to be naturalized?

Do you know that anyone on the long journey to voluntarily become a U.S. citizen must first pass a civic exam?

Find out if you have the knowledge of U.S. history and government that is required to pass this exam by taking the quiz below!


These sample questions were taken directly from an actual list provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Like this one, the actual test is in English, but it is not a multiple choice test. Also, answers are subject to change because of elections or political appointments and applicants are expected to know the most current answer.

Of course, passing a test like this is only one of the requirements. Here are the others:

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must complete an interview and pass a two-part test: the first for civics and the second for English language (including reading, writing, and speaking). You also must demonstrate an attachment and commitment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • You have to have lived in the U.S. for at least five years, unless you are married to a citizen (this reduces the time to three years), have been a member of the military for wartime service, or are widow or widower of a U.S. citizen who died while serving in the military. You must not have taken any trips of six months or longer outside the U.S. during this time. You must have been a resident of the state where you plan to apply for citizenship for at least three months.
  • You must not have certain crimes (murder, illegal gambling, or intentionally lying to the U.S. government in order to gain immigration benefits) on your record.
  • You must be willing to serve in the military or perform civilian service if asked to do so. You must register with the Selective Service System if you are male and have lived in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 25.
  • You must pay an application fee of $725, unless you are a member of the military.
  • You may be required to renounce your citizenship in your home country depending on the country.


Want to learn more? Check out these resources for educators and students:


Join us at the public naturalization ceremony we are hosting in Denver on February 12!