A New Web Tool to Help Immigrants Prepare for the Citizenship Test

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Smithsonian Institution recently launched an interactive website to help aspiring citizens get ready for the test.  It’s called “Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship.”  The site is at www.americanhistory.si.edu/citizenship.  According to the Star Tribune, it utilizes multimedia tools to display relevant information to cover 15 themes, including symbols and holidays; voting; U.S. geography; the president; the courts and Congress.  “It brings to life the country’s history through objects and illustrations and other engaging visuals,” said Daniel Cosgrove, a USCIS spokesman. “It really does a great job in going beyond rote memorization and allowing people to really learn the history.”  The civics portion of the citizenship test includes 100 questions from which the officer administering the test can draw.  A person applying for citizenship will be asked 10 questions and must answer six of them correctly in order to pass, Cosgrove explained.  The new Web study aid incorporates information from those 100 questions.  An estimated 8 million people in the United States are eligible for citizenship and have not applied.

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