It's been almost a year since I've updated this blog, but I thought some of you might be interested in hearing about our citizenship test!
After waiting 18 months, we were finally invited in mid-January to take our citizenship test on January 30. Kate did not have to take a test, she will just become a citizen when we do.
Discover Canada is the official guide, with sections on Canadian history, politics, symbols, economy and the regions of Canada. We also googled “online Canadian citizenship practice test” and bookmarked whatever we found. I can particularly recommend the tests at V-soul, Richmond Public Library, and APNA Toronto. I recommend doing as many different online tests as you can, as they do have different questions. Once we could reliably score 95-100% on all the practice tests, we felt quite confident. Without studying, we doubt we could have passed.
We had to go to the large government building in downtown Regina. For the first hour or so, CIC workers called each person in individually to review our documents and evaluate our language ability. Most of the other people there seemed to be from Africa or Asia. Finally, we were invited into the room for the test. We were instructed not to sit next to family members, and then given directions for the test in both French and English. We used paper and pencil, and had to circle the correct answer for each question out of four choices. In order to pass, we needed to get 15 out of 20 questions correct.
Eric and I had different versions of the test. To give you an idea of what is asked, I recall answering questions about:
-Freedoms enjoyed by Canadians
-How the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms begins
-The suffrage movement
-Canada's role in WWII
-Responsibilities of provinces
-Content of a voter information card
-The role of opposition parties in Parliament
-The origins of the Canadian flag
-Quebec's main industries
-The Northern Territories
-The Canadian Rangers
I had seen most of the questions on the online practice tests, however, I had to guess on the flag question, and I only knew about the Canadian Rangers from the study guide.
We finished quickly, handed in our test papers and left. Today, Feb 26, we got the notice in the mail to appear for our citizenship oath, which means we passed!