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USCIS to resume using old civics test, 100 questions


USICS announced today that it intends to resume using the old naturalization civics test, the “100 questions,” rather than the new test developed by the Trump Administration. The new test was widely seen to be more challenging and required applicants to study and answer more questions.

According to USCIS, the change is being reverted because it “determined the 2020 civics test development process, content, testing procedures, and implementation schedule may inadvertently create potential barriers to the naturalization process.” This change is only one of many small and large changes being done by the Biden Administration to roll back the Trump Administration efforts to restrict lawful immigration and make life harder for immigrants.

Due to the conflicting tests, USCIS has announced some accommodations for those who studied the 128 question version. According to USCIS:

Applicants who filed their naturalization applications on or after Dec. 1, 2020, but before March 1, 2021, with an initial examination (interview) before April 19, 2021, will have the choice to either take the 2008 civics test or the 2020 civics test. We will notify applicants who are affected by the change. If the initial interview is scheduled on or after April 19, 2021, applicants will take the 2008 civic test.