USCIS Reverts Back to Administering the Old Civic Test

The civics test component of the naturalization test had previously required applicants to study from a list of 100 possible questions. This was known as the 2008 civics test. On December 1, 2020, USCIS increased that list to 128 and updated the number of questions applicants must answer correctly to pass from six out of 10 to 12 out of 20 questions.

On February 22, 2021, USCIS scratched out the 2020 civics test and will resume administering the 2008 civic test for anyone who filed their naturalization before 12/01/20 or will file on or after 03/1/21.

There will be a brief period during which USCIS may offer both the 2020 civics test and the 2008 civics test to accommodate certain naturalization applicants who filed on or after 12/1/20, and before 3/1/21, and are scheduled for an interview before 4/19/21.

USCIS will administer the 2008 civics test to all applicants whose initial examination (interview) is scheduled to occur on or after April 19, 2021 (regardless of filing date).