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How to Pass the U.S. Constitution Test

Instructor: Eric Campos

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As part of the naturalization process to gain American citizenship, you'll be tested on your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Keep reading for study tips on how to prepare for this portion of the U.S. civics test.

Study the Constitution

To become a U.S. citizen, you may be required to take the civics exam that tests your knowledge of U.S. history and government. Much of this test focuses directly on what the Constitution is, how it defines the U.S. government and legal system, and how it shapes America's national identity. You should be familiar with the following:

  • What the Constitution's intended purpose is
  • Who is eligible to vote according to constitutional amendments
  • What the core principles of the American government are
  • How power is divided between the national and state governments
  • What an amendment is
  • What freedoms are granted by the Bill of Rights

To pass this portion of the test, you need to understand the Constitution's continuing role in society and be familiar with the crucial amendments that define the rights and responsibilities as American citizens. You do not necessarily need to read this document yourself; there are a number of great resources out there that can give you a comprehensive overview of this important document. Check out our Constitution Study Guide, which helps familiarize you with the articles of the Constitution as well as its amendments.

Study U.S. History

Another aspect of understanding the Constitution is being familiar with its place in American history. Be familiar with who drafted the Constitution and the circumstances that led to its development. Know key terms like amendment and the Bill of Rights.

For a complete overview of the history and organization of the U.S. government, check out our resource: American Government: Help and Review. Through video lessons, practices quizzes, and detailed transcripts you'll learn how the Constitution plays an instrumental role in American history and government. You'll also explore some of the specific amendments to the Constitution and their historical significance.

Take Practice Tests

To prepare for the official test, you may want to supplement practice tests into your study regimen. Although the U.S. Citizenship test is an oral exam, you may find that this method builds upon and helps to reinforce what you've been studying about the Constitution. Our U.S. Citizenship Study Guide has multiple-choice quizzes accompanying each of its lessons. These quizzes can be taken online, or printed out as worksheets for offline study. While taking quizzes online, if you answer any questions incorrectly, you'll be given a link to a corresponding point in the lessons that explain the answer.

Additional Information

As you delve further into studying for the citizenship test, you'll want to start looking into the civics test as a whole. Our U.S. Citizenship Study Guide mentioned in the last section provides an overview of the entire citizenship test and process. The lessons in this guide cover Constitution topics in detail, but they can also give you an overview of the entire citizenship test.

Course topics include American history, government, geography, as well as cultural symbols and national holidays that you could encounter on the U.S. Citizenship test. In addition, this study guide provides an in-depth look at the naturalization process as a whole.

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