Canadian Citizenship Test Preparation
Need Canadian citizenship test preparation help? Intimidated by the long study guide, Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship? Got most of the questions wrong on your first practice test? Afraid to slow down your citizenship application by failing the test?
You are not alone. Canada Immigration introduced a difficult test in 2010. You have to memorize hundreds of facts about Canada’s history and government. The test is hard for everyone. Without Canadian Citizenship test preparation, you cannot pass the test. Most native-born Canadians would fail it. Check For Yourself by taking sample Chapter Test or Simulation Test . It is even harder if you don’t read English very well. What if you don’t have a lot of education in your native country? Then it takes even longer to learn and memorize legal and historical terms. Failure rates are up, especially for refugees and immigrants who are racial minorities in Canada. Scroll below for more details about the test and how to prepare for it.
On what is the test based?
The Canadian Citizenship Test is based on a study guide Discover Canada: Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship. Citizenship & Immigration Canada sends you this guide. You can also download a PDF of the guide, and an audio file of the guide from our web site.
Why is there a new test? Why is it harder than before? Why do I need Canadian citizenship test preparation help?
Citizenship & Immigration Canada felt the previous “pass rate” of 95% was too high. Now many more people fail the test, because it requires that you memorize hundreds of obscure, specific facts and legal terms. It is not a general test. It is very detailed. Most Canadians would not pass this test without study.
What’s in the study guide? How does it offer Canadian citizenship test preparation?
The guide is approximately 60 pages long and divided into 10 chapters; this is what your test is based on. You need to read this guide and know all the facts it contains.
- Rights and responsibilities of citizenship
- Who we are
- Canada’s history
- Modern Canada
- How Canadians govern themselves
- Federal elections
- The justice system
- Canadian symbols
- Canada’s economy
- Canada’s regions (Atlantic Provinces, Central Canada, Prairie Provinces, the West Coast, the Northern Territories).
The Study Guide covers facts about government and politics, including the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens and from where our constitutional heritage comes. You will also need to know many facts about the formation of Canada, its military contributions, cultural heritage, and political and judicial system.
Canadian Citizenship Test Preparation: How does the test work?
- It is a paper test, not a computer test. Scroll down for a picture of what the test answer form looks like. If you have trouble writing, you can request an oral exam.
- It is 20 multiple choice questions. You choose the right answer. You mark the right answer on a form given to you at the time of the test.
- If you’ve never taken a multiple choice test, scroll down to see what the test form looks like. You should practice filling out this kind of form so you are more relaxed during the official test.
- When you first get to the test room, CIC employees will check your documents for the other citizenship requirements, and ask you a few questions to test your knowledge of English or French.
- You can choose the test language, English or French.
- You may be writing the test in a large auditorium with many other people, seated close together.
- Do not cheat. If you get caught cheating, you will be kicked out of the test room and you will have an interview scheduled. Cheating is a very bad idea. In Canadian culture, it is a sign of weakness, laziness and lack of intelligence to cheat. CIC thinks you are not going to make a good Canadian citizen if you cheat on a short, simple test.
- Nobody knows for sure which questions you will see on your test day. You need to memorize the whole guide.
- If you are bad at memorizing facts, let us help you! Join canadiancitizenshiptestonline.ca to access our many practice and chapter tests.
- You have 30 minutes to finish. Most people take about 10-15 minutes. The test includes questions from every chapter in the Study Guide.
- The tests are marked by hand by CIC staff right away. You hand in your test, and it takes them about 30 seconds to mark your test. (This procedure might vary by province).
- You have to get at least 15 questions right to pass the test. So, the passing grade is 75%. If you pass, you’ll hear from CIC within 3 months to schedule your citizenship oath-swearing ceremony.
- If you failed the test, but met the language and residency requirements, you get a chance to take the test again. This can take anywhere from few weeks up to a few months.If you fail the second time, instead of taking the test a third time, you meet with a judge. This can slow down your citizenship application considerably, so it is better to study and pass the test!
- The judge interviews you to find out if you meet all the other citizenship criteria (residency, language etc). The judge asks you questions about your rights and responsibilities as a Canadian citizen. The judge can choose to ask you 20 questions taken from the entire guide, also.
- So, the interview with the judge doesn’t get you off the hook for learning the Study Guide! You will still need to prepare well. In front of the judge, you can’t use pen & paper, you just have to answer the question aloud when it’s asked!