A few new changes in the Canadian citizenship test have come into effect since October 13 Operational Bulletin 244 was launched by the CIC. After the update of the resource book in March 2010 the CIC has made joined efforts to update all offices and make a smooth transition in between the old and new material. It took them a few months but at least we are seeing some of these changes reflected in the official citizenship test.
A new regulation package has been signed by the Governor General the 30th September this year and came to effect the 14th October for the CIC implementation. Among the regulations there is the reinforcement of the material used to build the citizenship test. An applicant for Canadian citizenship is considered to have an adequate knowledge of Canada in the following subjects : the chief characteristics of Canadian political and military history; Canadian social and cultural history; Canadian physical and political geography and Canadian system of government as a constitutional monarchy.
Also, applicants are considered to have an adequate knowledge of the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship if they demonstrate they have a general understanding of the following subjects (this is CIC verbatim): participation in the Canadian democratic process; Canadian society, including volunteerism, respect for the environment and the protection of Canada’s natural, cultural and architectural heritage and respect for the rights, freedoms and obligations set out in the laws governing Canada.
Translating many of the questions may change in accordance to these points. The material is still the same but the focus might have changed a bit. For example a new regulation dictaminated that mandatory questions are no longer in effect. The passing score of the Canadian Citizenship Test remains to be 70% out of 20 questions however there are no longer mandatory questions to pass the test, if you reach the 70% of correct answers you pass. There used to be two mandatory questions regarding the electoral system.
This change will take affect from October 14th on. Some CIC offices did not have the updated test so there might be people that failed the test with 15 correct questions. Those people will be informed if the retake of the test would be necessary or if they are still scheduled for the judge interview or not. It truly depends on the citizenship judge decision.
There is also a Language foot note on the Operational Bulletin. There won’t be any specific language test added to the citizenship examination however your communication and capacity to interact with the CIC personnel will be relied on in assessment of your English or French ability to communicate. The criteria is based on the applicant ability to understand and reply to basic spoken statements and questions. In other words you will be tested from the very moment you step inn the CIC office to sit for the test.
Take this new changes in consideration for your citizenship test. Study hard and you shall not fail!