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How the Canadian Citizenship Test Changes Lives

Usually, a test is something that’s taken at the end of a learning period, and people hold little significance for the exam other than its ability to bestow a passing grade on the test-taker. But in some instances, tests can hold much greater meaning, and those that have to do with major life changes and decisions can be of particular import. The Canadian citizenship test, like tests for immigrants in many of the world’s most attractive countries, may seem like a small exam that doesn’t hold much meaning beyond the simple fact of passing or failing. But as those who are successful with the test are sure to find, passing the Canadian citizenship test can act as the gateway to an entirely new life rich in opportunities. The test has proved to be the starting point for scores of immigrants who have made Canada their home and have gone on to achieve great things, both for themselves and their families and for society at large, and as many people continue to be interested in the country, Canada is proving that passing its citizenship test will enduringly be a symbol of immigrant progress.
One of the most important ways in which the Canadian citizenship test can change a life is through its very challenge; sometimes, immigrants may be worried about their ability to pass the test, as it can sometimes represent language difficulties or require a fair amount of knowledge and memorization. There are many ways that test-takers can help improve their scores, not the least of which is adequate preparation through enrolling in a study session or other program, and a large number of the immigrants who take the test each year are successful in passing. Proving to oneself that the test is a goal that can be accomplished is often a major positive point for immigrants, and can serve as one of their primary feats on Canadian soil ña feat they can work towards developing and expanding as they create a new life in their new home.
When studying for the Canadian citizenship test, immigrants will discover a wealth of facts about the country and its founding, its political thought, its major leaders and political systems, and the cultural aspects of the provinces and territories that serve to create a more complete picture of Canada itself. Through this learning process, immigrants not only ensure that they will perform well on the test, but they can gain a better sense of the land in which they’ll be settling, allowing for a smoother transition to daily life as a Canadian and potentially opening many doors related to social, career-based, and additional educational opportunities.
The Canadian citizenship test may seem to be a simple exam that stands between immigrants and the process of becoming a Canadian, but it can hold a great deal of import and meaning for those who step up to its challenges and meet them with a passing score.

6 Comments

  • anirion May 25, 2010 at 2:36 am

    I would say that the test itself is the final step of a long started process. Lets not forget that to be able to reach the examination point one has to live and work in the country for at least three years. Become a permanent resident and then have the intension to become a Canadian citizen.
    The test itself is a symbol that reflects a very long change.

  • showpuppet May 28, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    For me becoming a Canadian meant leaving a story behind me. A different reality that is no longer able to touch me or reach me. Now as part of a government that works for their people I feel a sense of belonging that I never had in my own country, Thats what it means to become a citizen finally, is to be part of something grater than yourself.
    Sometimes a new Canadian is more Canadian than a born Canadian. Sort of a riddle.

  • TAXOXO June 5, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Agreed with the puppet,
    I found myself more nationally involved than many Canadians I encountered here. They don’t even know what the Queen role is in all of this. Or which is the difference between the Governor General and the Prime Minister. I never had a Queen before, in some way I feel from the medieval times now.
    Maybe an exaggeration!

  • Orgullis July 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I don’t think it changed anything. I felt Canadian much before sitting for the test. Of course I was of really proud of passing the test but once you get into your car to drive home life continues the same way as before. Becoming a Canadian citizen is not about just taking the test….it’s about feeling Canadian.

    Jim

  • Polworunt1984 September 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I usually don?t post in Blogs but your blog forced me to, amazing work..

  • Jasmine Baek March 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    my high school social class helped alot to pass that test.

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