The 2020 U.S. citizenship test has been phased out and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has returned to using the 2008 test. The Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems conducted a review of the naturalization process to eliminate barriers and make the process more accessible to eligible individuals. It found the 2020 test was longer and contained more difficult questions making it more challenging for applicants.
The 2008 citizenship test was developed over a multi-year period in conjunction with over 150 organizations, English as a second language experts, educators, and historians. All applicants must demonstrate an understanding of basic U.S. history and government. The 2008 test teaches fundamental U.S. history and civics and encourages integration as a part of the test preparation process.
Naturalization applicants who filled between Dec. 1, 2020 and March 1. 2021, were given the option to take either test. The 2020 test was phased out on April 19. 2021. Individuals who apply for citizenship after March 1, 2021 will be given the 2008 test.