New Citizenship Test Failure Rates Up in the Sky

New Citizenship Test Failure Rates Up in the SkyThe new citizenship Test has been implemented since October 14. This is a change that took almost half a year to hit the test centers and the citizenship application all over Canada. As you may well know the former test based on the much shorter and simpler guide had a 60% passing score which meant 12 questions out of the 20 the test holds. The new test is part of the renewal of the citizenship application, with it a new guide was introduced called Discover Canada. The new test has a 75% passing score and no mandatory questions as its former version.

With this the Canadian citizenship and immigration office was aiming to enhance the naturalization process with the result of a much prepared new citizen that hold the values and history of its new country. The shocking result was the rocket of failings the whole country got in the very first weeks of application of the new test. The rates well exceeded the 30% fail rate in major cities.

The Officials at the test centers are shocked with the results “The highest failing rate we ever had since the test was introduced” said one officer to our sources. The truth is that for the citizenship and immigration offices failures are more complicated that a passing score. The naturalization process stipulates that the citizenship test can be taken only once per application. There was the possibility of a retake when the new test was introduced back in October 14 but that was just an exceptional situation. When a test is failed the policy is to set up a live interview with the area citizenship Judge for him to decide the fate of the citizen wannabe.

The over load the citizenship Judges have these days can only be compared to a General Motors Tier 2 Call Center where the recalls and manufacturer failures are abundant. Each interview takes between 20 to 30 minutes, the judge needs to start questioning the applicant on the test failures and review the residency and paperwork files to take a decision. It is usually more of a merry reunion with the future citizen, now imagine the judge starts having 20 to 30 interviews a day…My conclusion is a very frustrated judge not keen to let many off the hook. So My advice to you all, STUDY HARD!

The new guide is more complex and complete than the older one. In fact since its implementation the residents continued studying from the old guide in an attempt of passing the old test, only logical. Now the situation has adjusted, the new guide and the new test. Is this a way to stop the massive Naturalization in Canada? The citizenship and immigration office process around 150,000 tests per year which equals more or lest the number of new citizens. Now with a 33-35% failing rate the offices will be caught up with paperwork and interviews, will this result in a delay of the application process? Will it take more than a year for a resident to become Canadian?

We are still watching the unfolding of events to be able to answer that question. As of now we know the citizenship Judges are not that happy with the new test. And the whole test experience has turned to be much more stressful. Our every day advice is: Practice Practice Practice!!!!

16 Comments

  • Peter January 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I’m sacred i’m not gonna pass the new citizenship test…and these kind of acticules are not helping me to calm down :S

  • Yani January 31, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    don’t worry peter, there are several ways to study for the test. Do it and I assure u will pass it!

  • akuti February 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    does anybody know how i can practice for the citizenship test? i don’t know it’s not the hardest test but still i need some practice…any help?

  • charquis February 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    the british citizenship test is not stressful at all, all my family had to take it and we’ve all past it 😀

  • pepe February 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    i help people studding for the citizenship test and i agree with the article, every year they make it harder for people not to pass, so practice practice practice!!!

  • Mike March 24, 2011 at 6:24 am

    I don’t agree with the new changes. My wife has many English certificates and she did pass many exams in English and she got certificates. However, the judge asked her 20 difficult questions without giving any choices and she had to answer them right away. The judge didn’t give her the citizenship and she has to re-apply again.
    This is not fair. The main reason for the test is to determine if the applicant has the basic in English or French language, but not to make the life complex.

  • Ricky June 1, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I just took the new test yesterday Tuesday May, 31st, I must say, I was taken aback for a second there when I saw the questions. The way they phrase them can be very confusing, I studied a LOT and during my practice exercises I was always scoring no less than 95%. After taking the test yesterday, I am not even sure if I passed or failed!

  • Fred July 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Me and my wife did applied for the test two times and failed we went with the judge she asked us all the questions and after 3 month I received a letter that failed with the judge ,I have studied Master degree at Canada and worked as volunteer for 3 years,is this fair that we fail the citizenship ???

  • jagdish jeer August 18, 2011 at 12:59 am

    don’t get panicked friends. I took the test today on 17th Aug., 2011 and I am pretty sure that I will pass because I was sure in the test centre that 18 out of 20 questions were correct.

  • lu October 2, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    are all the questions mutiple choice or not?

  • Firas Mohammed October 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    My wife failed in all attempt of getting citizenship in Ontario even with last one Judge hearing test, my concern is about my kids because they applied with her file. I don’t know what can i do. the test is hard but not too much I did that one year ago and I am Canadian right now

  • barry June 26, 2012 at 2:49 am

    I am wounder a person above 55 years of age is exempted from test and a person 54 years of age if faiuls has to go to judge and if it takes more than a year will become 55years old and excepted from test?!!!

  • kiran July 17, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Hi guys.. i am a housewife
    I has given my citizenship test in march 2012
    then they didn’t give me any information about my test that em fail or pass..
    In my interview ( my engilsh speaking is not good but listening is okey) she asked
    me… what is yor activities n what is ur husband is doin?? when u arrived first time..
    how many u have childerns.. ???thats is… ( em also little nervous on that time :(
    BUT i did test very good… bcoz test was easy….
    but but i don’t no…. why they has fail me…
    bcoz i taken the information abt me through the Area MPA..
    They said… you r fail…. :(
    Can anybody tell me… what is the next step???
    Because i can’t recv any letter… but it is confirm em fail….

  • waiting August 8, 2012 at 1:53 am

    I took citizenship test last year of May 31 and I’m still waiting for Canadian citizenship.
    I called several times to the office but they are keep telling me it’s in process.
    I don’t understand why is it taking so long.
    I don’t even know either I pass or fail so if anybody know about, please send me email about the citizenship process.
    Thanks

  • quoc December 28, 2013 at 12:14 am

    i got my citizenship test on january3rd,2013.Untill now i did not receive any new, i don’t know what and where to ask for mycase

  • quoc December 30, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    i got my citizenship test on january3rd,2013.Untill now i did not receive any new, i don’t know what and where to ask for mycase
    please let me know! or send me email about citizenship process.
    thanks!

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