Frequently Asked Questions on Canadian Citizenship Test
1. After I submitted my citizenship application, how soon can I write the test?
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?
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
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 to start early. Do not wait till the last
9. How can I prepare for the test?
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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