Reading and Writing Requirements for the 2010 U.S. Citizenship Test
Richard Rash

I have been teaching citizenship classes for over 10 years and have helped literally thousands of students from all over the world pass their U.S. citizenship test. A question I am often asked is “Do I have to write or read anything on my citizenship interview?”
The simple answer is yes, you must be able to read and write English in order to pass your citizenship interview.

You will be required to read at least one sentence and write at least one sentence in order to pass your interview. The USCIS interviewer will hand you a paper with a sentence on it and ask you to read it. It will be in the form of a question, for example:

Who was the first president of the United States?

The interviewer will then ask you to return the paper with the reading sentence. They will then give you a blank paper and read you another sentence. This is usually the answer to the question that you just read. The USCIS officer will ask you to write this sentence. Example:

George Washington was the first president.

What if you make a mistake? Don’t worry, you get a total of three sentences or three chances to pass this reading and writing part of the interview.

The USCIS developed a list of vocabulary words for the reading and writing part of the interview. The list of vocabulary words can be found at The only problem is that they are just lists of words, they have not been put into any order. However, I have taken all the vocabulary words and created all the possible reading and writing sentences. All of the sentences are in my study guide and I read them all on the 2 CDs that accompany the guide so you can practice your reading and writing skills. I guarantee that you will be asked the questions and answers that are found in my study guide. This guide also has all the information you need to pass your interview: new 100 questions, oath of allegiance requirements, N-400 questions and many interview tips. CD 2 even has a full-length practice interview.

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