PHOENIX (AP) – An updated U.S. citizenship test will require applicants to answer more questions than before and could slow down the number of tests held each day, experts said.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency on Friday announced the updated test now has 128 civics items to study and will require applicants answer 20 questions instead of 10. To pass, applicants must answer 12 correctly, or 60%. That’s the same pass rate as before.
The new test also removes geography questions and alters prior ones, such as requiring applicants to name three branches of government instead of one. It also changes the answer to a question on who U.S. senators represent from “all people of the state” to “citizens in their state,” which has drawn criticism over its accuracy.
Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the D.C.-based, nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, said that the changes to the naturalization test would possibly triple the amount each Citizenship and