As of March 13, 2003, the BCIS launched a pilot project to standardize the English, government, and United States history tests administered to citizenship applicants.
The first phase of the two-stage pilot focuses on the English language portion of the test.
"The long-range goal is to devise a test that will be fair, consistent, and meaningful for naturalization applicants nationwide," said William R.Yates, Acting Associate Director for Operations, BCIS.
"The priority at the new Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services is ensuring that we not only meet but exceed our customers’ expectations and that includes creating a level playing field for those seeking to become new Americans."
As part of the English language pilot, consenting citizenship applicants will be asked to answer one test question at the end of their regularly scheduled naturalization interview. The pilot will include questions designed to gauge reading, writing, and speaking skills. The applicant’s response will not affect the outcome of the interview.
Five cities are slated to participate in this first phase of the naturalization test pilot - Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Antonio, Atlanta, and Newark.
The goal is to have a new naturalization test in place throughout the USA by late 200
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