On December 14, the Federal Register published a notice announcing a nationwide trial for updates to the current naturalization test. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) specialists on the naturalization test concluded that the test needs to redesign the speaking and civic sections as well as its testing standards. Currently, the naturalization test has four components: reading, writing, civics, and the ability to speak English. The proposed trial aims to test an updated format of the civics tests and add a component to the Speaking Section of the same.

Stakeholders, Volunteer Community-based organizations, and lawful permanent residents who are familiar with the naturalization test will be involved in the trial process of the updated test. USCIS will seek approximately 1,500 individuals enrolled in adult education classes to take the trial test. The agency may use the results of the trial to support changes to the naturalization test. The trial is tentatively scheduled for five months in 2023.

USCIS encourages the public to submit written data, views, comments, and arguments on all aspects of this trial and test to natzredesign22@uscis.dhs.gov.

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Mercedes Benites is a Legislative Assistant for the Georgia State Senate. She also assists Garvish Immigration with weekly and monthly marketing projects.