Changes in U.S. Citizenship / Naturalization Requirements
In this video, Cathy Yorio outlines the changes in the test to become a U.S. citizen beginning in October 2008.
She begins with a fill-in-the-blanks sample test checking knowledge of U.S. history. For example, "Who was the first president to visit a foreign country while in office?" (Theodore Roosevelt)
Changes in the test are coming in the next year or two as follows:
Go to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web site (USCIS) for more information. Click on “Learn about Citizenship,” “Naturalization Information,” and “The Redesigned Test.”
New fee for N-400:
Changes in the test include:
USCIS has released new vocabulary lists for both the reading and writing tests containing all words found in the new tests. The content items will focus on civics and history topics.
New study materials will be available in early 2008.
The USCIS analyzed the new questions using the following criteria:
Questions were also analyzed for linguistic characteristics: questions are appropriate for someone at a high beginning level of English.
Cathy gives examples of revised questions on the USCIS pilot test. For example, "What is the 'rule of law'?"
She left a U.S. government CD for the LVR library. The contents are also available in the "materials" sidebar on this page.
Finally, the presenter gave some sample practice exercises including a quiz about George Washington and a "Jeopardy" game.
This presentation was part of the Fall 2007 Conference held October 20, 2007 at the Literacy Volunteers of Rochester office.
About the Presenter
Cathy Yorio has been with the Family Learning Center , part of the Rochester NY City School District, since 1981. She’s an instructor in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Adult Basic Education.
Her first love is ESOL. Her early interest in the subject was awakened on her grandparents' farm near Frenchville, Pennsylvania. The spoken language in the village was French.
For the last 15 years, she’s presented various topics at the National Convention for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Two years ago, Cathy started teaching a course to prepare people for the test to become a U.S. citizen – also at Family Learning Center. In preparation, she took the test herself.
If there are two types of people, cat people and dog people, Cathy is a dog person. She has two West Highland White Terriers named Angus and Hopper.
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Deanna and Jim Tiefenthal operated the video cameras and sound board. Jim, an LVR volunteer for about 10 years, introduced the speaker, did the video editing, and transferred the program to the web.
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