AYL: Lady Liberty's Super Fun Immigration Quiz

Illustration by Jessica Reed

These civics questions are taken word for word out of the Naturalization Test used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If someone is applying to become a citizen, a civics test like this, as well as an English test, are commonly administrated. The USCIS officer conducting the test can ask any 10 out of the 100 possible questions. A six out of ten or higher is required in order to pass. The national pass rate as of June 2021 is 91 percent. Do you think you can pass?

1) We elect a U.S. senator for how many years?

2) Who is chief justice of the United States now?

3) When was the Constitution written?

4) When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?

5) The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

6) What is the economic system in the United States?

7) The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

8) If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president?

9) Name one of the two longest rivers in the United States.

10) Who was President during World War I?

BONUS: What is the “rule of law”?

So, how did you do? Were you able to pass?


1) Six years

2) John G. Roberts, Jr. (as of Oct. 5, 2021)

3) 1787

4) April 15th

5) “We the People”

6) “Capitalist economy” or “market economy”

7) 435

8) The Speaker of the House

9) Missouri River or Mississippi River

10) Woodrow Wilson


The acceptable answers are: “Everyone must follow the law,” “Leaders must obey the law,” “Government must obey the law” and “No one is above the law.”