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Naturalization Test Preparation Portal Launched

Posted on 06/21/2012

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS (www)) and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History (NMAH(www)) recently launched Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship (www), This is a new Web-based learning tool, with an easy-to-use study guide to help immigrants prepare for the history and civics portion of the U.S. naturalization test. The tool is designed to help users better understand the naturalization process, and gain the necessary skills to be successful during the naturalization interview and test. Because it is a tool not only for individuals who are preparing for citizenship, but also for adult educators (including those serving English language learners) and immigrant-serving organizations, most information on the portal is written at the low-intermediate ESL level, and teacher guides are designed for English language learners at the lower levels of instruction.

"Preparing for the Oath is an invaluable addition to the citizenship preparation materials we offer to aspiring citizens," said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. "Using the Smithsonian Institution's extensive collection, this online tool will help individuals learn about the founding principles of American democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a meaningful way."

Preparing for the Oath is based on the 100 civics questions and answers from which the USCIS draws when administering the naturalization test. It is organized into themes related to U.S. history, government and civics, and offers a short video and self-test on the content of each civics question. The portal also includes lesson plans to assist teachers with their classroom activities, a word list with definitions of terms, and the opportunity for users to test themselves. In addition, the script of each narration has been transcribed and is available for printing.

According to OVAE Deputy Assistant Secretary, Johan Uvin, "Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship is a rich resource that will promote integration in new ways by taking full advantage of current technology. It will benefit thousands and thousands of individuals who are preparing for citizenship, as well as those who teach them or support them in other ways in community organizations across the country."

For more information, please access the UCIS bulletin about Preparing for the Oath. We also encourage interested parties to access the USCIS Citizenship Resource Center and Study materials page (which includes Spanish versions of the resources).

From the OVAE Connection (www), newsletter of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education,
U. S. Department of Education, June 7, 2012.