What Happens If I Fail My Citizenship Test?
September 18, 2019
Every person who wants to become a naturalized citizen of the United States must pass certain tests. The tests ask questions about English and civics. Many people who take the test do not pass the first time. However, this does not mean that they can never become U.S. citizens. In fact, they can receive a second or third chance.
What Happens After the Citizenship Test?
After taking the citizenship test, a person will speak with an officer from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The officer will let the person know if they passed the test. If not, USCIS will help the person reschedule any test that failed. USCIS will contact the person to reschedule the test within 90 days. While USCIS prefers the test be retaken within 90 days, the person can ask for an extension within a realistic timeframe.
What to Do Before Retaking the Citizenship Test
Between failing the citizenship test the first time and taking it again, any person who wants to become a naturalized U.S. citizen should follow a few steps. First, they should make sure they have the second test date on their calendar. If they cannot make the second test date, they should contact USCIS immediately to reschedule. Not showing up for the second test is a bad idea.
Next, they should plan to work with someone who can help them study for the test. Certain community centers offer help for people who are studying to become U.S. citizens. Private tutors may also be available. Even a family member or friend can be helpful as a study partner. While studying, they should use the internet to look up words and ideas they may not understand. They should also take notes on information.
Finally, they should set aside time each day to study by themselves. Studying is done best in a quiet area without interruptions or distractions. By studying a little bit at a time, they can learn at a slower pace and will be more likely to remember what they need to know.
Taking the Citizenship Test the Second Time
After taking the U.S. citizenship test a second time, the person will be told by a USCIS officer if they passed or failed. If they failed, they can still take the test a third time after filing a special form. The U.S. gives people who work toward becoming citizens numerous chances to become naturalized.
Philadelphia Citizenship Lawyers at the Law Offices of MC Law Group, LLC Help Clients with Citizenship Issues
If you are just starting the process of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen and need legal help, please call the Law Offices of MC Law Group, LLC Our Philadelphia citizenship lawyers can explain the processes to become a U.S. citizen, including the U.S. citizenship test. Call us at 215-496-0690 or fill out an online form to set up a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout the tri-state area, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.