Saturday Citizenship classes just wrapped up at the Refugee and Immigration Center for a couple months. From 9-12 A.M. 68 students came to study and practice for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization test. Immigrants register for citizenship classes at the Refugee and Immigration Center and attend classes for 12 to more than 200 hours. Adult learners spend even more hours outside of class studying and preparing for the naturalization test and interview.
The road to U.S. citizenship is not an easy one and naturalized citizenship is a hard-earned status. In order to pass the naturalization test applicants must be able to read, write, speak and understand basic English. From engaging in “small talk” to being able to answer high level “legalese” questions pertaining to their naturalization application, testing for English understanding is done in both formal and informal ways as soon as the naturalization applicant is introduced to the naturalization officer. When applicants finish verifying their information, they are given 1 sentence to read and 1 sentence to write from dictation. Applicants need to correctly read and write 1 out of 3 potential test sentences. An example might be the following:
“Please read the underlined sentence.”
Where does the President live?
“Good. Now, please write this sentence. The President lives in the White House.”
“Now on to the U.S. Civics portion of the test.”
Applicants are asked orally a series of questions about U.S. history, important symbols, geography, and government. There are 100 potential questions and applicants need to answer 6 out of 10 correctly.
“Are you ready?”
1.What does the Constitution do?
2. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
3. How many amendments does the Constitution have?
4. The House of Representatives has how many voting members?
5. If the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
6. What are two cabinet-level positions?
7. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
8. The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers.
9. What did Susan B. Anthony do?
10. Who was President during WWI?
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