Becoming a U.S. Citizen…Could You Pass the Test?

If you can remember, we all took a civic class back in high school. We learned about the inner workings of our government and the reasons why we function the way that we do. The question is, how well did we pay attention during class? Could we pass a naturalization test if we had to like the thousands of permanent residents that attempt to become citizens of the United States every year?

Here at Chatham Literacy, we help students answer that very question. 

Out of a pool of 100 questions, each applicant will be asked 10 questions. You must get 6 correct. That’s just one step in the naturalization process. Each naturalization application is 20 pages long and costs $725 to process. You get two chances to “pass” the interview with one application. You also have to pass a fingerprint background check. 

Chatham Literacy volunteer tutors and staff help our learners every step of the way: teaching civics, often teaching English, honing their reading and writing skills, helping them fill out the application, and conducting mock interviews.

We currently have 13 learners enrolled in our citizenship program; 5 are waiting for their interview date. The entire process could take anywhere from 6 months to a year, even longer during the pandemic. 

Chatham Literacy began providing citizenship services in 2009. To date, we have helped 125 learners become U.S. citizens!

Are you ready to take the naturalization test to become a citizen of these United States?

Take our quiz below!


What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?

What are two Cabinet-level positions?

There were 13 original states. Name three.

How many amendments does the Constitution have?

What are two rights of everyone living in the United States?

Name one right only for United States citizens.


Did you pass? Check your answers below.

What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?

What are two Cabinet-level positions?

There were 13 original states. Name three.

How many amendments does the Constitution have?