An Important Civics Test Update for Citizenship Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is reverting to the original (2008) version of the civics test for citizenship.

Based on input from many educational institutions, advocacy organizations, and others, USCIS has determined that the new (2020) version of the civics test would potentially create barriers to the naturalization process. Therefore, all applicants are now allowed to take the original version of the test, regardless of when they filed their citizenship applications. For students who filed their applications on or after December 1, 2020, and before March 1, 2021, USCIS will allow these applicants to take either test version (since they may have been preparing for the new one). The 2020 test will be completely phased out on April 19, 2021.

Preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test with Voices of Freedom and new supplementary materials

As a service to students who are using Voices of Freedom to prepare for either version of the citizenship exam, we are pleased to offer free activities for supplemental practice with each unit of the course. These fillable PDFs can be downloaded and printed for self-study and classroom use.

  • Civics Test Practice charts show test questions and answers in separate columns for self-study or practice with a partner.
  • Vocabulary Practice activities highlight key words.
  • Civics Fact Check activities test history and government knowledge.
  • Questions & Answers activities offer test prep through matching exercises.
  • My Civics Test Answers are forms for writing the answer you want to practice for each civics test question.

The activities listed below by units are for the original (2008) civics test, which will continue as the official version. Also included here: An updated lesson about the Presidents that will appear in the next printing of Voices of Freedom. An answer key and a zip file containing all activities for the original test are also included.

For students who wish to take the 2020 version of the test, we also provide below a zip file with a complete set of practice activities for that new (and temporary) version.