Are You Smart Enough To Become A U.S. Citizen?

The Christian Science Monitor has the entire 96 question multiple choice portion of the U.S. Citizenship Test. Applicants must get at least 58 questions right to pass.

I got 96 out of 96.

H/T: Alan Colmes

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About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Tony says:

    I’m a Brit and I got all but one right (had to take a punt on how long a Congressman serves and got it wrong) without any swotting up. Considering that 58 would be a pass, I think you’d need to be pretty uninterested in everything other than the lint accumulating in your navel not to pass.

  2. Peter says:

    USCIS examiners pick 15 of the sample questions. Applicants need to answer 10 correctly.

  3. Gustopher says:

    It seems to reinforce a lot of popular misconceptions.

    Well, I would say that the US economy is neither socialist, capitalist nor communist, but it is pretty clear that the traditional claim is that we are capitalist, even if corporations have managed to socialize their losses.

    And I’m pretty sure the Declaration of Independence was not adopted on July 4th, 1776.

    And the Judicial Branch not only resolves disputes, they also determine if a law is unconstitutional or not (which clearly involves reviewing the law), so I think the answer to that question is just flat out wrong.

    I don’t really believe that Senators represent all the people of a state. They are supposed to, but they don’t.

    And, there wasn’t even an answer for what happened on 9/11 that reflected the conspiracy theories… it would be nice to ding the 9/11 truthers.

    And April 15th is not the last day you can send in your tax return… Why, I’ve sent some in years later.

    The Emancipation Proclamation did not free *the* slaves, it freed some slaves, but only the ones that were in confederate states.

  4. Dave Schuler says:

    I got one wrong.

    There were several of the questions that were either wrong, misleading, or oddly phrased, For example, one of the questions was something to the effect that before he was president Eisenhower was a general. Which war did he serve in?

    The answer they were obviously looking for was World War II but Eisenhower served in World War I as well. If the question had been “Which war did he serve in as a general” it would have been correct but on the face of it, it was ambiguous.

    And Gustopher is correct to point out that we have a mixed economy. Like every other OECD country.

    And, of course, here in Illinois once elected Congressmen serve until they die or retire.

  5. PD Shaw says:

    I got one wrong, the question about the judicial branch pointed out by Gustopher. I initially picked the “correct” answer and then thought about it. Not a good idea.

    I thought the cause of the Revolution question was odd in identifying “high taxes,” as opposed to simply taxes or taxation without representation.

  6. Linda says:

    Interesting? Or perhaps strange? Or maybe the website just doesn’t like me, but for some reason, it won’t go past the answer for question 35. I click next and it just redisplays the answer page for 35.

  7. Franklin says:

    For some reason it’s refusing to go from question 35 to 36 (not to mention the site is just in general slow to tell me if an answer is correct). So out of 35, I missed 2, one of which matched Gustopher’s complaint about what the judicial branch does.

    Sheepishly, I did not know the total number of Amendments in the Constitution. I had 23 instead of 26. I made educated guesses on two others, pretty easy with multiple choice.

  8. Franklin says:

    Ahhh, Linda, in the same boat as me (maybe it’s the browser? I’m using Firefox). And a correction to my post – there’s 27 amendments; I’m wrong AGAIN.

  9. Neil Hudelson says:

    “Which Ocean is to the east of the United States?”

    Depends on if you live in Hawaii or not…

  10. Linda says:

    Franklin, since you mentioned Firefox, which is what I was using, I tried it with Safari, and was able to get past question 35. So apparently it’s a quirk of the browser.

  11. dutchmarbel says:

    LOL, I passed this one (just), decided to try the Dutch example of a test…. and flunked that one.