Frequently Asked Questions on Canadian Citizenship Test

1. After I submitted my citizenship application, how soon can I take the test?
2. How many questions are there in the Canadian Citizenship Test?
3. How much time do I have to finish the test?
4. How many questions do I need to answer correctly in order to pass the test?
5. What is the failing rate of the Canadian citizenship test?
6. What happens if I pass the test?
7. What if I fail the test?
8. When do I need to start preparing for the test?
9. How can I prepare for the test?
10. How do I get test information of my local government?
11. If I cannot attend the citizenship test on the test date, what should I do?


1. After I submitted my citizenship application, how soon can I write the test?
Normally, it will be 3-4 months. If you are required to submit a finger print, it will be longer. A good place to obtain more information is the Case Database of Canadian Citizenship Application.

2. How many questions are there in the Canadian Citizenship Test?
20 multiple choice questions.

3. How much time do I have to finish the test?
30 minutes.

4. How many questions do I need to answer correctly in order to pass the test?
After March 15, 2010, you need to finish with at least 15 questions correct. Moreover, you must correctly answer all questions about the topics of right to vote, right to run for elected office, voting procedures and how to register youself as a voter. The test paper will indicate which questions belong to this category.

5. What is the failing rate of the Canadian citizenship test?
From March 15, 2010, the government of Canada revised its citizenship test and increased the benchmark passing grade from 60 percent to 75 percent. However, these changes have led to more immigrants failing the 20-question test. According to latest data, the failure rate jumped to 30 percent since then.

6. What happens if I pass the test?
You will not be informed of the result of the test unless you fail it. Suppose you pass the test, you will be asked to attend a ceremony and take the oath of citizenship. You will become a citizen of Canada after the ceremony. The ceremony usually takes place 1-3 months after your test. See our Case Database of Canadian Citizenship Application for related information.

7. What if I fail the test?
If you happen to fail the test, you will be required to attend an interview of 15-30 minutes with a citizenship judge. The judge evaluates whether you have the necessary knowledge and language abilities to become a Canadian citizen. If you do not pass the interview, you can appeal to the Federal Court or start from the beginning and apply to take the test again.

8. When do I need to start preparing for the test?
This varies from person to person. Some people need a few days while some take a few weeks. The rule of thumb is: start early, do not wait till the last minute.

9. How can I prepare for the test?
First, you must read through the study guide "Discover Canada". After that, you can work on some practice questions. Some tools you can use: Free Online Canadian Citizenship Practice Test, Free Canadian Citizenship Test Practice Software and a Practice Test Package. Also visit Canadian Citizenship Test for more information.

10. How do I get test information of my local government?
You can find the information at your local library. You can also use our citizenship test information page, which contains all the useful information. We maintain and update the information frequently.

11. If I cannot attend the citizenship test on the test date, what should I do?
You can call or write to CIC to arrange another test date.




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