Immigration Officials Pare Down List of Citizenship Questions

Immigration Officials Pare Down List of Citizenship Questions

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Immigration officials have narrowed the list of questions for the U.S. citizenship test.

Citizenship and Immigration Services have released the new pool of 100 civics and history questions that could be asked of people wanting to naturalize.

They will begin using the new citizenship test this time next year. Just as with the current exam, applicants must correctly answer six of 10 questions asked orally. They are also required to pass the English proficiency portion of the exam.

The government has been trying out the questions since February.

More than 90 percent of the applicants who volunteered to take the test at immigration offices in 10 test cities passed. That's compared to the less than 85 percent of applicants who passed taking the current test.

About 42 civics questions were dropped or revised to reach the final 100.

One question that survived the cut is "What did Martin Luther King Jr. do?" Among the possible answers are: Fought for civil rights and worked for equality for all Americans.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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