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Thread: Could you pass the US citizenship test?

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    Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test?

    I got 90, I would say that's pretty good for a non-American:

    I got the year of the constitution wrong and how long senators are elected for.
    Most of the stuff I know about the U.S. comes form watching Crash Course videos on YouTube.

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    Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    I've a Master's in History (American Revolutionary was the Major, and one of my two minors was The American West) also. I took the test a couple years ago and got in the mid-90's myself. Even I didn't know everything. Most Americans would fail it, the questions covering things hardly mentioned in most high school social studies courses, or if so, hardly memorable for the average US citizen.
    I thought the test was easy (even though I guessed on one answer). Not saying which one I guessed on--you guys are skewing other DP members' scores by revealing answers--but it wasn't one that's been mentioned so far.

    Now I'm wondering if my kids would make a decent grade.

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    Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightrider View Post
    And you perhaps raise an excellent point, my friend....

    Do you think the test is a tad unreasonable to use on immigrants? Personally, I'm a libertarian (read: let PEACEFUL people cross borders freely) whom believes that any peaceful person whom comes here and says they are American, should be an American (with no citizenship test).... AND they should be able to work and live freely in this country, provided they obey the laws and pay taxes. Just my two cents on this....
    What I would like to see is a process whereby a person arrives and reports to an immigration office. Once there they declare they wish to become a citizen, sign the declaration, then spend a period of years on a conditional permit. At the end of the period they exchange the permit for citizenship papers. The end.

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    Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test?

    One thing I would like to know is this the entire test and it doesn't change?

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    Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    What I would like to see is a process whereby a person arrives and reports to an immigration office. Once there they declare they wish to become a citizen, sign the declaration, then spend a period of years on a conditional permit. At the end of the period they exchange the permit for citizenship papers. The end.
    Agreed.

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    Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test?

    Quote Originally Posted by 0bserver92 View Post
    One thing I would like to know is this the entire test?
    Don't think so - from my understanding, the real test is given orally (no multiple choice), though I believe they are revising it.....

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    Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightrider View Post
    Don't think so - from my understanding, the real test is given orally (no multiple choice), though I believe they are revising it.....
    Are these the only questions they ask?

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    Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightrider View Post
    And you perhaps raise an excellent point, my friend....

    Do you think the test is a tad unreasonable to use on immigrants? Personally, I'm a libertarian (read: let PEACEFUL people cross borders freely) whom believes that any peaceful person whom comes here and says they are American, should be an American (with no citizenship test).... AND they should be able to work and live freely in this country, provided they obey the laws and pay taxes. Just my two cents on this....
    If this is the extent of the test, no, it's not too challenging. Except the Susan B. Anthony question, I learned the answers in high school and, apparently, never forgot them. A good citizen should know what the three branches of government are and what the stars and stripes symbolize. Ditto wartime Presidents.

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    Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test?

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    I thought the test was easy (even though I guessed on one answer). Not saying which one I guessed on--you guys are skewing other DP members' scores by revealing answers--but it wasn't one that's been mentioned so far.

    Now I'm wondering if my kids would make a decent grade.
    I said I took it a couple of years ago. It might have been modified since then. I believe one question asked for the name of an obscure vice-president. I never bothered memorizing all the U.S. vice-presidents. I think that was the only answer I got wrong (altho it might have been something else...early onset alzheimers maybe?) LOL

    In any case I still think most Americans (not interested and highly informed forum participants like us) wouldn't do too well based on currently reported scholastic test scores.
    Last edited by Captain Adverse; 07-04-13 at 11:21 PM.

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    Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test?

    Quote Originally Posted by 0bserver92 View Post
    Are these the only questions they ask?
    Again, I don't think so - I believe there is a pool of questions (100 or so). My guess would be that 20-30 questions are selected from that pool....

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