Could You Pass the U.S. Naturalization Test - Carlos Gamino

By Carlos Gamino

When eligible green card holders want to become naturalized U.S. citizens, they have to take the naturalization test. While the entire test features 100 civics-related questions, people are asked up to 10 of them and must answer six of them correctly in order to pass.

The overall national pass rate is 90 percent – but could you do it?

A recent study found that only one in three Americans would pass the multiple-choice test. In the study, researchers discovered that only 13 percent of people surveyed knew when the U.S. Constitution was ratified, and only 40 percent knew which countries the U.S. fought against in World War II.

Related: What’s on the U.S. Citizenship Test?

Some of the questions are fairly easy – if you’ve lived here your whole life. For example, you might see:

  • We elect a president for how many years?
  • Who is in charge of the executive branch?
  • Which war wasn’t fought by the United States in the 1900s?

Sure, you can answer these: 4, the president, and the Global War on Terror.

But could you answer some of the toughest questions? According to a 2011 study, these are the five hardest.

1. How many amendments does the Constitution have?

  • A. 14
  • B. 21
  • C. 25
  • D. 27

2. Which of these is something Benjamin Franklin is known for?

  • A. He was the first person to sign the Constitution
  • B. He discovered electricity
  • C. He was the nation’s first Postmaster General
  • D. He was the nation’s second president

3. Who was president during World War I?

  • A. Woodrow Wilson
  • B. Warren Harding
  • C. Calvin Coolidge
  • D. Franklin D. Roosevelt

4. Which statement correctly describes the “rule of law”?

  • A. The law is what the president says it is
  • B. The people who enforce the laws do not have to follow them
  • C. No one is above the law
  • D. Judges can rewrite laws they disagree with

5. Under the Constitution, which of these powers does not belong to the federal government?

  • A. Ratify amendments to the Constitution
  • B. Print money
  • C. Declare war
  • D. Make treaties with foreign powers


  • 1. D
  • 2. C
  • 3. A
  • 4. C
  • 5. A

How did you do? Did you get all five correct?

People who want to become naturalized U.S. citizens have to answer at least six out of ten questions correctly. If someone fails the test twice, they must apply to retake it and pay the filing fee again.

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Carlos Gamino