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The Canadian Citizenship Test is a "knows about Canada" test required
by the Canadian citizenship applicants that are between the ages 18 and 54.
The test is run by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and is required as
part of the Canadian citizenship application process. The test is available in
both official languages including French and English.
Its a 30 minutes test and contains 20 multiple choice questions. Applicants
for citizenship must answer at least 60%, or 12 questions, correctly in order to
pass the test. They must also answer all questions correctly relating to
the electoral system in order to be successful.
Contents of the Canadian Citizenship Test:
The test contains questions drawn from a pool of around 200 taken from the
official guide "A Look At Canada" and assesses knowledge and language abilities.
The test asks questions on the following subject matter:
- the rights and responsibilities of a citizen
- Canadian social and cultural history (for example, which three Aboriginal
groups are recognized in the Constitution)
- Canadian politics (for example, the names of the leaders of the major
political parties) and
- Canadian physical and political geography (for example, how many provinces
there are and the names of their capital cities).
- The test and your interaction with Citizenship and Immigration Canada
staff will show if you can speak either English or French well enough to
communicate with people. You must be able to understand simple spoken
statements and questions. You must also be able to communicate simple
If you pass the test and the citizenship judge determines
that you meet all the other requirements for citizenship, you will be
invited to a citizenship ceremony. During that ceremony, you will take
the oath of citizenship and receive a certificate of Canadian
Approximately 150,000 people every year are granted Canadian Citizenship.
Independent surveys such as the National Angus Reid Poll have found that around
45% of people who already have Canadian Citizenship failed the test. Please note
that the test is just one of the requirements for obtaining Canadian citizenship
and does not guarantee citizenship. You must also meet all other requirements
for citizenship. See the How
to Become a Canadian Citizen article for more information.
Failing the Test:
You will fail the test if you score less than 60% or do not answer all
questions correctly relating to the electoral system. If you do not pass the written test, we will send you a
notice telling you to appear for an interview (30‑90 minutes) with a
citizenship judge. At that interview, the judge will ask you the test
questions orally to give you another opportunity to demonstrate that you
meet all the requirements of citizenship (including knowledge and
language). There, the citizenship judge will
assess whether or not the applicant has the necessary knowledge and language
abilities for citizenship.