Once you have filed your Application for Naturalization, Form N-400 with the USCIS successfully, you will receive a receipt Form I- 797 (Notice of Action) followed by another mail with the date of biometrics appointment. After you complete your biometrics appointment and your background is verified by the USCIS, you will receive an appointment for an interview, where you will be required to take a test on English language and U.S history and Civics.
Though it may seem like a nerve-racking experience, it is a simple test which you are very likely to pass. Prepare well and practice many times to make the actual test less daunting and you will be able to tackle the test with ease. Take the quiz with your family members and friends many times so you find the questions familiar and easier to answer.
The USCIS website has a number of resources to help you prepare and study for the test. The USCIS website has the list of 100 U.S history and civics questions listed. During the interview, you will be orally asked a total of 10 questions out of which you have to get 6 right answers to pass the test. In addition, you can find many websites which provide you enough information about the naturalization procedure and the test, that you do not have to worry about study materials.
Before the interview
Think of your citizenship interview as one of the most important life altering interviews and treat it accordingly. Dress professionally and give your best at the test. Make sure to arrive early at the venue of the interview to make yourself as comfortable as possible with the surroundings and to find the interview office and relax before the scheduled time. Carry all your documentation with you - your permanent resident card, passport, re-entry permits and any other documents that you feel may support your application. Be organized with the documents and answer the questions confidently.
At the interview
During the interview, the USCIS officer will ask you questions about yourself and U.S history and Civics. Your English language proficiency is also evaluated based on your answers. The general interview questions asked varies with every applicant but you can expect certain common questions listed below:
Your name and any aliases that you may have or used in the past
Your age and place of birth
Your parents and their citizenship
Your current address and who you are living with
Your employment details
Your interests and memberships in any clubs, groups
Your character and life values
Details on any trips that you have taken outside the U.S
Criminal history in your past
Your views about the U.S Government and Constitution