You might have seen it on Facebook, say, or Buzzfeed: "Would you be able to pass the citizenship test? Find out now!" Well, you CAN find out, and from a very reputable source: the United States Citizenship and Information Services (USCIS) website now features its own online self-test! Unlike some of the other online quizzes out there, USCIS gives instant feedback--if you miss a question, you get a big red X and a heads-up on the right answer. Some of the other quizzes out there are pretty fun, too, though: there's this one from the Boston Globe, and this one from the Christian Science Monitor. The Atlantic offers up a thought experiment: what if citizenship was not a birthright, but something everyone had to apply for? What would that test look like? (Even harder than the actual test, in my opinion).
So, what if you don't do too well on that self-test? The good news is, there are plenty of resources out there! Whether you just want to brush up on your civic knowledge, or you're actually preparing to take the test and become a citizen, the library can help you find the materials you need to be successful. There are books, audiobooks, and DVDs--and Citizenship Toolkits, which even have flash cards. At the USCIS Citizenship Resource Center, you'll find a wealth of free materials, for both learners and teachers, including all 100 questions and answers, in 6 different languages. And here at the Denver Public Library, we offer citizenship help as part of our Plaza program. So whether you're preparing to take the real test, or you just want to review, we've got you covered!
Plazas are a dedicated space for migrants from all over the world to connect with people, information, and resources, building Denver’s successful global community. This program engages newcomers of all ages and backgrounds with free opportunities and specialized support as they gain second-language conversation skills, prepare for citizenship, create new networks in business, and exchange perspectives across the immigrant experience.
To find a Plaza program near you, please see our events calendar.