The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) completed a multi-year redesign of the naturalization test which has been in effect since October 1, 2008. From October 1, 2008 until September 30, 2009, applicants were able to choose whether to take the old test or the new test.
The major goal of the redesign process was to ensure that naturalization applicants have uniform, consistent testing experiences nationwide, and to provide a fair and meaningful naturalization process. The USCIS believes that the newly designed test will help encourage citizenship applicants to learn and identify with the basic values we all share as Americans. Currently the passage rate for those taking the NEW test is 91%.
Effective October 1, 2009, all Citizenship applicants must take the NEW redesigned test.
Study materials for the NEW test are available on the USCIS newly designed website.