For those born into U.S. citizenship, there are no tests, boundaries or barriers to your claim of American identity.

But those seeking citizenship through naturalization must navigate a complex system that includes the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services civics test — more commonly referred to as the citizenship test.

There are 128 possible questions on the 2020 version of the civics test. Those hoping to gain citizenship are asked 20 questions and must answer 12 correctly to pass.

The official test is an oral exam and is not multiple choice, but the government offers official multiple choice practice tests on its website. Take our 20-question practice test below to see if you can pass the citizenship test!

Join us Thursday evening for the Matter of Fact Listening Tour, “To Be An American: Identity, Race and Justice,” hosted by Soledad O’Brien.

The special program will stream beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on and other Hearst websites.

This presentation of the Listening Tour features a diverse lineup of guests from academia, literature and entertainment. They will share personal stories, essays and insights to bring greater understanding to the complex topic of race, identity and belonging. Matter of Fact contributors Jessica Gomez and Joie Chen will provide reports and interviews from around the country, while veteran journalist Ray Suarez will chronicle the history of Chinese Americans who helped build U.S. railroads but were denied citizenship. Viewers will be challenged to address questions such as, “What unites the United States, and what is it that truly makes America exceptional?” The program will open with a citizenship pop quiz, which encourages viewers to think about what those not born in this country must learn in order to become Americans.

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