Letter to appear to write the test
- Did you receive a letter asking you to write the citizenship test?
- The notice will say:
Let IRCC know if you need any accommodations to take the test. For example:
- The date and time of the exam.
- Where you will take the exam.
- What you need to bring.
- What to do if you cannot make it to that date and time.
- wheelchair access.
- Braille or large print format of the exam.
What the exam will be like:
- The test questions will be about:
On the exam day:
- Your rights, freedoms and responsibilities
- Canada’s history
- Form of government
- Politics and political history
- Social and cultural history
- Wait in a room with other applicants.
- Enter the exam room when the proctor asks you.
- Don’t sit next to your family members.
- Listen to the proctor. Follow his or her instructions.
If you pass:
- It has 20 questions.
- It will be multiple choice type.
- You will answer questions in 30 minutes.
- Answer at least 15 questions correctly to pass.
If your score is lower than 15:
- You will be called for a short interview.
- The citizenship officer will:
- check your identity.
- check your documents.
- ask questions to check your language.
- tell you about the oath taking ceremony.
- They will mail the invitation to the oath-taking ceremony. It will be 4-6 months after the exam.
- Take the test again in three to four weeks.
- Your schedule will be mailed.
- If you don’t pass the second test:
- You will be invited for an interview with a citizenship officer.
- The interview will take 30-90 minutes.
- It will test your knowledge about Canada.
- Show that you can speak English or French.
5 tips to prepare for the exam and pass:
Study ahead of time.
- Do not cram.
- You will be stressed if you study late.
- It is the only official study guide.
- This guide is free. You can:
- read it online.
- get a paper copy by downloading the pdf or eBook.
- order a printed copy.
- listen to an MP3 version.
- All the answers to the test are in this guide.
- It has 63 pages. It is well-written, simple to understand and has many beautiful photos and illustrations.
- Discover Canada is easy to read and re-read several times.
Enroll in a class
- Go to a review class.
- Ask questions and discuss points with your teacher or classmates.
- It will help you understand and remember the details.
- Immigrant Centre offers free citizenship classes.
- It is for language benchmark 4 or higher.
- They are held once a week (2 hours) for six weeks.
Start your own review class
Try out online tests
- Review what you read.
- Practice answering multiple choice questions.
- Try the following:
- You don’t have to pay for coaching or review materials.
- Read and understand the official guide.
- Use free online tests.
- Pay only if you think you really need it.
Before you go:
- Review your notice. Check the date and time.
- Know the venue. If you don’t know it:
Gather your documents.
- Check Google Maps
- Ask a friend
- Check Navigo.
Get child care for your young children. They will not be allowed inside the testing/interview room.Ask for a day off from work. The test takes only 30 minutes but processing and interview can take time. You have to wait if there are a lot of examinees.
- Check the instructions on the letter.
- Bring photocopies.
- Bring the letter.
During the test:
- Don’t be late!
- Come 15-30 minutes early.
- You will not be allowed to take the test if you are late.
- You will have to wait 2-3 weeks for the next exam.
- Call the local IRCC office if you have an emergency. Call within 30 days and give a reasonable explanation.
- Read and understand each question.
- You have a minute and a half to answer each one.
- Don’t stay on a hard question for a long time. Move on to the next.
- Go back to the question you missed when you are done with all the questions.
- Check if you answered all the questions before submitting your paper.
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
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