With the introduction of the new citizenship test in October 14 this year the failing rates all around the Nation had increase in a worrying manner. It is calculated that Canada has 32-35% failing rate in the new citizenship test making the regional office swim in loads of work and citizenship judges interviews in an attempt to resolve those failures by the book. As you may know there are no second chances in Canada, so once the test has been failed the applicant needs to have an interview with the local citizenship Judge who will decide the fate of the application.
A survey was launched to all centers to test the rate in which the applicants where standing. The results showed one failure every four applicants all around Canada. What surprises the officers was that in Toronto the rate was even higher, Etobicoke showed one failure every three applicants putting it in the top of the list.
The speaker of the immigration and citizenship office Karen Shadd explained that the problem is related to a poor education more than a language factor related to this failures. Karen also stated that the pool of questions is being shuffled more frequently in an attempt to stop fraud within the citizenship test. It was well known that there was a question answers trade with the old test where an applicant paid for the answers and memorized them in order to achieve passing score. The new test should be a fix for that issue and a more adequate testing guidelines for new citizens, she said.
When the old test was failed the applicant had to face an one hour interview with a judge and literally discuss whether they deserve to acquire citizenship or not, now with a one every 3 failing rate the office will be under water. In the past with the early implementation the applicant was offered a rewrite of the test shifting from the old test to the new. Too bad those early days are over and now the test is in full capacity in all centers.
The test consist in 20 questions with a 75% passing score, similar to Australia and the UK citizenship tests but in Canada’s case with a much higher failure rate. Now being Toronto one of our country major cities what does this failing rate tell us? Will the test change any time soon? We will see….