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Frequently Asked Questions: Australian Citizenship Test


Frequently Asked Questions: Australian Citizenship Test

Applying for the Australian Citizenship Test is a lengthy process as it involves understanding and submitting the application. You also need a reliable source for preparation that covers all the topics for the exam. If you are new to this, then you must have many questions. Here we will answer the most common questions related to the citizenship test and the interview process.

How do I Register?

First and foremost, you need to visit the official website of the home affairs office, where you will schedule an interview. The application submission takes 48 hours. If you meet all the requirements, the Department of Home Affairs will contact you and send you an appointment letter for an interview. The interview is held at any department’s offices across Australia.

If you have children under your supervision, they do not need to take the interview.

What is mentioned in the letter of appointment?

The letter of appointment mentions your interview date and location. It also lets you know how to reschedule the test.

What questions are asked during an interview?

The interview is usually held to assess your knowledge of Australia, its values, history, and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship. To prepare for the interview, it is recommended to study the Citizenship Test Resource Booklet. You will also be asked about your personal life which includes your employment, family and education.

 What documents should I bring for an interview?

  • Passport or travel document
  • TFN
  • Identification documents such as a driver’s license or Medicare card
  • Immicard

How do I conduct an interview, if I have poor English?

If your English language skills are inadequate, then you can bring a translator that is approved by the Department of Home Affairs. It is also recommended to join the Adult Migrant English Program, to enhance your English language skills

What if I fail the interview?

It is essential to pass an interview. If you fail it, your citizenship application will be rejected. Then you need to start this whole process again. If you pass the interview, you will be eligible to take the Australian Citizenship Test.

What are the passing marks for the test?

The passing score is 75%. It means that you have to answer 15 questions correctly.

Who is eligible for the Test?

You should be 18 to 59 years of age to be eligible for the test. However, if someone has a medical condition that impairs their cognitive function, then they are exempted from taking the test, provided that they provide medical proof for it.

What is the time duration of the Test?

The time duration to finish the test is 45 minutes. However, if you have any special needs, you can use an application to appeal for technical assistance or extra time. If your computer skills are below average, you can get help from your staff member in the examination hall.

Which documents should I bring to the test?

  • Passport-size photo
  • Letter of appointment
  • Permanent residency visa
  • Birth certificate

How to prepare for the Test?

The best source of preparation is the guidebook called Our Common Bond. The syllabus is lengthy so you need a dedicated timetable for test preparation. It is also recommended to take a lot of mock tests as they simulate the exam with the same format and difficulty level. Mock tests also cover diverse topics in MCQs that are included in the exam

When will I get my result?

You will get the result at the end of your test. In case you pass, you will be given a letter and steps for your citizenship application.

Final Verdict

Applying for Australian Citizenship is a lengthy process as it not only involves passing the test but also scoring well in an interview. However, you always have ample time to prepare and familiarize yourself with the questions that you will encounter. If you have a busy schedule, it is very important to draft the timetable so that you can thoroughly prepare each topic daily.

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