You’ve come this far in your application for citizenship, and now you have one, final task to complete: pass the US Naturalization Test. Although many people feel anxiety about the test, there’s no need to feel nervous.

What is Tested on the Naturalization Exam?

The test covers four basic areas: speaking, reading, writing, and civics. For the speaking portion, take the time to practice answering basic questions about your background in English. This should include describing where you are from, where you live, and when you came to the US. For the reading portion, you’ll have to read one of three sentences in English, without extended pauses. And not to worry – no applicant is failed for a bad accent, unless the accent interferes with the meaning of the sentence. For the writing portion, you’ll have to write at least one of three sentences dictated to you verbally. The good news is that spelling, capitalization, and punctuation aren’t important, unless – you guess it – they interfere with the meaning of the sentence.

How Can I Practice for the Civics Portion?

The civics portion is often the scariest for participants, but there’s no need to be worried. The exam is done verbally, and participants are asked to answer 6 of 10 questions correctly. Fortunately, there’s several study guides to help you. The civics questions are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese, so your best bet is to first memorize them in your own language. But remember that even though the list of questions is available in many languages, you’ll have to answer in English at your actual interview! To test yourself, try completing a practice civics test in English or Spanish. Check out Preparing for the Oath for an interactive tutorial and another practice test. Finally, if you think you’d learn more by meeting with someone in person or taking a full course, check out these local resources for US citizenship test preparation.

Good luck (but you won’t need it with good preparation!).