Citizenship test introduced

Citizenship test introduced

The new 20 question citizenship test has begun for immigrants
wishing to become Australian citizens. Qaseemullah is an
immigrant from Afghanistan who has just passed the test, 2007.
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1 October, 2007

The federal government introduces a test for people applying for Australian citizenship by naturalisation. The aim is to test an applicant’s knowledge of the English language and comprehension of Australian moral principles, history, and national and Indigenous symbols. The exam is available in English only, and applicants need to score 60 per cent or more to pass, including three compulsory questions about rights and responsibilities. In 2008 the government announces a review of the test, as almost a quarter of all applicants have failed it.

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