In December 2020, the government expanded the civics test for applicants for U.S. citizenship. The change added more questions to the pool of possible questions. It also required applicants to get more questions right.  A recent executive order directed a review of the naturalization process. The goal was to eliminate barriers and make the process more accessible to all eligible individuals. As a part of this review, the government determined that the original 2008 test was thoroughly developed to meet this goal. Thus, USCIS will continue to use the 2008 test.

Some people may have already started preparing for the new 2020 test.  Applicants who submitted their applications between December 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021 can choose which test they prefer (2008 or 2020). Beginning April 19, 2021, the 2020 test will be phased out.

We know that the civics exam can be stressful for applicants for citizenship. So, it is good news that the government is returning to an exam that was fairly created. Applicants can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the history, principles, and form of government of the United States.