Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Flash Me!

Studying for tests can be a drag, even when it is for something as important as U.S. citizenship. Here at the Arkansas State Library, we have a couple of new tools to help beat some of that tedium: Flash Cards!

The naturalization test is one segment of the pathway to U.S. citizenship. For more information about the other steps, check out this brochure and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web page (see link at the end of this post).

The civics portion of the naturalization test is an oral exam of 10 questions, taken from a set of 100 questions. To pass the test, the test taker must answer 6 of the 10 questions correctly. The questions are available at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web page and in the new deck of Civics Flash Cards. Each card has one of the questions on one side, and the answer, along with a related picture, on the reverse. These cards can be used for individual study, or in a classroom for group exercises.

For the English language section of the naturalization test, the applicants must demonstrate an ability to read and write English by reading at least one out of three sentences correctly, and at least one of three sentences correctly. The flash cards for these segments of the test have all the vocabulary words that the student will be expected to know. Each card gives a word, then provides a place for the student to practice writing the word and to use it in a sentence. The words are not defined on the cards, so students will probably need a dictionary to make sure they understand the meanings of the words (we have dictionaries available at ASL too!).

For more information about the new naturalization tests and other immigration-related questions, head to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web page.