What happens if you fail the test?

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Canadian citizenship test – You can rewrite the test

As of June 3, 2013, you will be informed of your Canadian citizenship test result immediately after taking it. If you failed the test, but you have met all the other citizenship criteria, you will be given a date to rewrite the test. Your test will usually take place 4-8 weeks later after your first test, but be aware the delay might be longer. If you need to prepare for this second test, read our article: new Canadian citizenship test – how to prepare for it?

Canadian citizenship test – Interview with a citizenship officer

If you fail the citizenship test a second time, you will be scheduled to appear for an interview with a citizenship officer. The interview will give the officer a chance to find out whether or not you meet all the requirements to become a Canadian citizen.

You may have to demonstrate to the officer an adequate knowledge of Canada and of your rights and responsibilities as a Canadian citizen. So study again the “Discover Canada” guide. Read it several times, ask a friend, family member or colleague to ask you questions about it.

You may have to demonstrate to the officer your residency requirement. That means that the officer might ask you leases documents, tax documents, maybe even bank statements, to support your case. Basically you have to prove to the officer that you were physically present in Canada when you say you were present in your citizenship application. Physical presence means having been in Canada for at least 1460 days in the six years immediately before the date of your application. This is important. Physically present means what it means, you must have had your two feet on Canadian ground. Time spent in Canada as a non-permanent resident (within the six year period) does not count. You can only count time after you became a permanent resident of Canada. Don’t forget that the officer has to approve your case, there’s no other way. The officer might ask you for every single proof of your stay in Canada, so bring all the documents that support your application. While the officer is not there to trick you or bring you down, you do have to take this interview very seriously, and the officer might be very detail-oriented and might want to check every single document.

Just as for your Canadian citizenship test that was only in French or English, there is a language requirement. You may have to demonstrate to the officer an adequate knowledge of English or French. You have to show the officer that you can understand basic spoken questions and basic statements, and that you can communicate basic information. Again the officer is there to make sure you do have basic communication skills. So if you think you don’t, maybe you could sign-up for some ESL classes (English as Second Language, you might have heard this term already).

If you do meet the physical presence requirements and you all the documentation to support it, if you do have basic language skills (French or English), and if you do know your the rights and responsibilities of a Canadian citizen (from the Canadian citizenship test study guide), then you should be well-prepared for this interview. Always check Citizenship and Immigration website for any further questions, or simply to check that they are not any important updates to this process.

Good luck with your interview!

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196 Comments » for What happens if you fail the test?
  1. Huma says:

    I failed my written test and now I have a judge hearing. I want to know what kind of question they will ask, like specifically what kind.

    • admin says:

      The judge might ask questions about your residency requirements, so take all documents which support your application. Also the judge might want to assess your language proficiency, so he/she will ask you some general questions to assess that. You might also be asked some questions about the study guide Discover Canada, so study the guide a bit more before going. Good luck Huma! Let us know how it went!

    • grace says:

      Hi Huma,
      May I know when did you take the written test?


    • Goldyscorpion says:

      Hi Huma,

      I have some questions for you, cause I might have the same case as you.

      -When was your citizenship test?
      -Did you fill a residency questionnaire?
      – Did you fail the second test or just the first? and if it is only the first why you must meet a judge?

      Thank you and good luck,


    • Aziz says:

      Hi Huma,

      i failed first test and waiting for 2nd test. how about yours judge hearing. could you please share yours experience about judge hearing.

      thanks and best of luck,

    • Pauline says:

      me too twice

  2. jaja says:

    Hi, I am supposed to go for an interview with the judge in july and they told me there will be questions asked about my language ability and my knowledge about Canada, but they added that I may bring an interpreter. I was wondering how would that work? It would be great if someone could please help me

  3. grace says:

    Hi Jaja,
    May I know when did you take the test? Thanks!

  4. Abdurazzaq says:

    Hi Dear Citizenshipsupport,

    I applied for Citizenship on July, 2011. and immigration office started processing of my application on Feb-2012 and my citizenship test was on August-2012 and i didn’t pass my test i failed and yesterday when i called immigration office an agent told me you have to go for retest how it is possible i go for retest usually if people fail they go and see judge but for me its different issue. any idea please.

    • admin says:

      Hello Abdurazzaq. Actually CIC just came up with a new fantastic regulation that allows people to be retested (instead of going straight to a citizenship judge). So yes you can take your Canadian citizenship test again. You should ask them for a testing date to be scheduled for you.

    • Humayun says:

      Hi Abdurrazzaq,
      Are you sure CIC agent told you they will give a chance for retest? I talked yesterday a CIC agent in same case and agent informed me need to meet with judge. Which one is correct.

    • gagan says:

      hi every body get 2 chance if second chance you fail then they call u for the interview

  5. raf says:

    Hi did anyone get there retest dates yet. I am looking forward to get one. I gave my test in October 2012 which went pretty well but to my surprise it dint get cleared.

  6. Van says:

    I fail the retest. The reason was I answered the question on the question sheet not the answer sheet was given. Is there any alternative way to raised the issue for the third time retest?

    • admin says:

      For this question, you should contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.). Good luck!

    • raf says:

      hi Van,how did you find the test ?

  7. Lorna says:

    me and my husband took the test on jan. 23, 2013 but until now were still waiting for the notice if we fail or not! just wondering how long will we have to wait.

    • admin says:

      Hi Lorna. It is pretty normal to have to wait a long time for the Canadian citizenship test result. It is not necessarily a bad sign, just a sign that CIC is heavily backlogged! You might have to wait a few more months. Good luck!

  8. Rameeshay says:

    Hi, I have a couple of questions about the interview with the judge. My parents and older brother wrote the test in Febuary 2012, and we received a letter in June saying that they had to go for a interview with the judge on July 17. Also, my parents and brother are pretty sure they did not fail the test, but maybe it has to do with the more rigid rules of CIC. So I was wondering, what kind of questions will the judge ask? And my parents and brother are scheduled 1 minute apart, but I think that they might be seeing different judges. Your help will be appreciated, thank you 🙂

  9. Abdurazzaq says:

    Dear Admin, I failed in my citizenship written test, so when I called immigration office an agent told me you have to wait for your re-test so its an excellent opportunity for people but lets say if you fail the second time in written test what will happen again go for third time written test or see the judge????? But it’s very good chance for people who fail in the first time then go for another written test.

    • admin says:

      Dear Abdurazzaq. People have only one more chance to pass their Canadian citizenship test. If they also fail the second test, then they will be scheduled for an interview with a citizenship judge.

  10. Guytri says:

    Dear Admin,

    I wrote my first test in February/ 2013. I have not had a response as yet from CIC. Just out of curiosity, if I fail my test the first time round & go for a re-test for the second time. How long will be the wait to get a response from CIC for a re-test?

    Thank you!

    • admin says:

      Hello Guytri. This is a good question. According to CIC, if you fail your first test, you will be rescheduled for a second test within few weeks. We are not sure at this point if they give you your second test date right away or not.

    • Humayun says:

      Are you sure you will get a chance for retest if you fail first test? I don’t think that because i talked a CIC agent today, she told me you have to met with judge not retest because you gave exam before june3,2013

  11. DA says:

    Hello admin, my mother just had her interview with the judge and she failed. She is wondering what is the next step?

    • admin says:

      Hello DA. We are sorry to hear that she failed her interview. You should call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.) to get more details on her case. She might have to start the citizenship application process again.

  12. Humayun says:

    I and my spouse attended citizenship test April 20,2013.I talked today with a CIC agent and she informed me I passed the test but my spouse failed the test. Now my spouse have to wait for a judge interview (need a year) and I also need to wait for oath for my wife pass the interview. I am really confused why they are not giving a chance for retest for my spouse. Can you or anyone help me which one is the next step?

    • admin says:

      Hello Humayun. It could be that only people who have taken their tests from June on are given a chance for retest. But we also heard that they would give this chance also to people who passed their test before June and failed it. It is not quite clear to us yet. You should definitely call again and ask if she could be given a retest, like the rest of the applicants who have taken their test from June on (and failed it). Sometimes a different agent might give you a different answer. Please let us know of the outcome, so we can inform other customers. Good luck!

      • Humayun says:

        I talked again today to CIC agent and agent inform me that she is not sure yet my spouse need to interview with judge or retest!! Now how i will be confirmed which one is the next steps for my spouse?

        • admin says:

          The CIC agents might be unsure because the retest is a pretty recent change. I would just keep calling and keep insisting that your wife should get a retest. You might find an agent who is better informed!

          • Humayun says:

            Hi EVERYONE,
            My wife received a letter for second chance to appear an citizenship test and she also passed the test today. Thanks everyone who has given me lots of suggestion for me. Those who failed first test so sure he or she will get a chance for second time. Bye Humayun

  13. zora says:

    m a fille a passé son test en avril 2012, c`est apres 1 an et 3 mois qu`elle a recu une convaction disant que tu as echoué au test et que tu dois refaire,
    Est ce qu`elle va le refaire par ecrit ou elle passera une entrevue avec un juge. Je suis un peu confuse de la date du 03 juin 2013 et que veut elle dire.
    Merci Admin

    • admin says:

      Bonjour Zora. Pour les tests passés avant le 3 Juin, nous ne sommes pas à 100% sûre si elle peut refaire le test ou si elle doit passer devant un juge. Pouvez-vous appeler: Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.) pour confirmer? Bonne chance!

  14. Zizo says:

    Hi everyone I talked to cic agent today I tilde him that I failed exam may 2013 he said It might take another 35 months. But another one tolde me maximum 6 months to redo the test or to see the judge. I really don’t know what’s going on. Any help

  15. Zora says:

    Bonjour Admin. Aujourd’hui` ma fille va passer son examen.
    Est-ce que la même journée la commission lui dit qu`elle a réussi son test et que la cérémonie sera telle date ou c`est pour plus tard. Et en cas du contraire que va-t-il se passer?

    • admin says:

      Bonjour Zora. La commission devrait lui annoncer le résultat de son test tout de suite. La date pour sa cérémonie lui sera transmise plus tard par courrier. Si elle échoue son test, elle le saura tout de suite aussi, mais la date pour son “retest” lui sera transmise plus tard par courrier. Bonne chance à votre fille!

  16. raf says:

    Hi people I got the date for my retest .Its on 29th august…I am very tensed about it….Is is going to be very hard or what is it going to be like:( ….anyone with some ideas….

    • Humayun says:

      Hi Raf.
      thanks for updating your information. its very good news for all who failed the the first test. one simple suggestions for you-JUST READ BOOK.

  17. raf says:

    And one more thing I gave my test in glen erin office, mississauga the last time so have been scheduled for my retest at the same place….But I am in calgary right now .Do I have to travel back for the retest or I can give it here around the same timeline? Secondly if i travel to give the retest there would I be able to take my oath the very same day as I have to come back the very second day .

    Thank you in advance.Really appreciate all the help.

  18. raf says:

    Thank you so much for your prompt response Hamayuun …and yeah I must say I am not only reading the book but memorizing it with names,dates and the smallest details…..I still am sort of shocked about the news of me failing the first test which I gave coz I thought it went pretty well …and I am not very used to failing 🙂

    • aaron says:

      I heard if the judge doubts your genuine desire to live in Canada, he/she might refuse you. Is that true? Any official information about the interview? As we know some people leave Canada for long after they get the citizenship.


  19. Guytri says:

    Hello Admin,

    I just spoke to a representative and was advised that I passed my first exam. How much longer do I need to wait to obtain a letter in the mail to be invited to the oath ceremony? Any ideas?


  20. french lady says:

    I passed my test a month ago, I am french , almost never travelled away from Canada since 7 years and had to resubmit (after my passed test) all proofs I really live in Canada, Did someone experienced this before?

  21. Lourdes Martin says:

    I took the citizenship test with the interview last Jan 8, 2013 with my husband and my eldest son. Since then, I have not heard anything from them. And I just found out that my permanent resident card is expired. Do I need to renew it or wait for the citizenship letter?
    What is next for me to do?
    Thanks for your help!

    • admin says:

      Hello Lourdes. For this kind of question, it is best if you call the Department of Citizenship and Immigration at 131 880. Good luck!

  22. uzmairfan says:


    I took the citizenship test in feb28,2013 nd I have not heard anything from them.Im really worried about that plzzz tell me hw much i hve to wait for there answer.


    • admin says:

      It can take a while. You can always call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.) to inquire about the status of your application.

  23. amy says:

    My mom is 55 years old, she has been living in Canada for almost 29 years. I believe she is exempted from the test, but we got a letter invitation for an interview. It was something about identification and says nothing about citizenship judge or language proficiency. It only tells her to bring necessary documents. What will happen? Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hi Amy. Yes persons 55 years of age and over are exempted from having to meet the language and knowledge requirements. To know what to expect during her interview, it is best if you call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.).

  24. jason chan says:

    Hi, I took the test in July/2013, and I had being told that I passed the test and meet all requirement. So far I have been waiting for more than 2 months, unfortunately I still haven’t received any letter for the ceremony, second interview or failed the test? My another friend she took the test later than I do, but she has already gotten the letter for the ceremony, so I am just wonder is there any way that I can check for my status? Thx.

    • admin says:

      Hi Jason. The best thing is to call CIC and ask them directly. Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.)

  25. M Ahmed says:

    My wife wrote test in April 2012 and havn’t heard back, She called CIC in August 2013 they informed her over the phone that she failed the exam and wait to write another exam. However its been 1.5 since she wrote an exam and no official communication. It is really difficult to call CIC. Any help or tips will be really appreciated.

    • admin says:

      CIC is heavily backlogged. So the best thing, like you did, is to be pro-active with them and call them directly. Good luck to your wife!

  26. Fran says:

    Could anybody help me with my question; my wife and I took the exam together however, my wife received a letter from CIC that she failed the test. Then a year after she spoke to the judge and failed again. So my questions are: I do not received any letter from CIC whether I passed it or not. If I pass the exam what is the cic next move. Or I should be waiting until when my wife will pass the test because right now, she lost her interest? Last question; do I need to apply again on my own? Please anybody can help what should I do. Thanks.

  27. Afsaneh says:

    My husband wrote the test on March 1, 2013 and not heard back, I’m wondering if he passed or failed, after exam he received the QR , and completed and returned back to CIC. How long more he has to wait to know whether he passed or failed. it’s about 8 months now!!!

  28. Goldyscorpion says:

    Dear Admin,

    – My citizenship file was transferred to the St Clair office on October 14, 2011 and I wrote the citizenship test on March 28, 2012. After that I filled a residency questionnaire form. I called CIC lately they said they might send me a letter either for another test or to meet a judge.

    – Would you please explain?

    Thank you,

    • admin says:

      Hi Goldy. We can’t speak on behalf of CIC, but it appears to us that you failed your citizenship test. This might be why they said that you might receive either an appointment for another test, or to meet a citizenship judge, which are their two available options to test you again.

      • Goldy says:

        either if I will do the test or meet with a judge, and if I did well, when will they ask me for citizenship oath?

        • admin says:

          Hi Goldy. If you passed the test or the judge interview, then you will have to wait for them to send you a letter with your citizenship oath date. This can take a while (a few months).

  29. Roger says:

    Hi, admin
    My spouse fail her citizenship test waiting for her retest or meet the judge how can I split my application?

    • admin says:

      Hi Roger. Please call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.)

  30. surendar says:


    My dad is 56 years old, he had the interview/id varification Nov 6 2013. I want to know how long does it take from that point to be called in for a oath.

    Thank you

  31. Kier says:


    I learned that I already missed two exam dates by checking online while I was out of the country for emergency – First test – June 2013 and 2nd test – Aug 2013. I found out that they mailed the notices to my HOME address instead to my Mailing Address. If only they have mailed it correctly to my mailing address my brother would have informed me right away and came back to Canada.

    CIC said that I have to wait for next year since I belong to non-routine application which is 35 months from the time they started my application. And I may be taking the written or more likely in queue for judge hearing interview (long waiting)

    I fine it unfair because it was not my fault and it was very clear from the start of my application that I have different addresses for my Home and Mailing address and I have no issue with the previous correspondence they sent to me it since all of them are mailed to my mailing address.

    I already provided them my reason within 60 days from the last test date (aug 2013).

    Can anyone provide information or link what would happen next in this case?

    Thank you

  32. Dalip says:

    What’s next if you missed the citizenship ceremony?

  33. Maria says:


    I did my citizenship last year in August 8 2012 before I did the exam I gat the Residence Questionnaire from the interviewer because I wasn’t have the translation for all my passport, within 45 days I applied all the documents they want it.
    until now I didn’t hear anything from them, anyone has same me or can advise me anything Admin?

    Thank you

    • admin says:

      Hi Maria. The best thing would be to call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays). Call a few times until you find an agent who can have an answer for you.

  34. Christina says:

    Hi, I had written the citizenship test in Winnipeg on November 28/2012 and they had given me that short letter stating that I should hear from citizen Canada in 3-4 months of which I never did. It has been one year now and I haven’t heard anything from citizen Canada if I have pass the test or not. I had written to them also in Winnipeg about 2 months seeking any information they can assist with but no response.
    I am very curious to know what is the status of my results and would like some information on this. Does anyone in this group had written the test during November 28, 2012 last year and had they gotten any reply from citizenship as yet? How can I get to know the status of my results ? Thank you.


  35. Hey my mother failed the test twice and is going to meet the judge on 0110 … I know the written test was 20 questions .. But I would like to know how many question would the judge be asking … And which part of the discovery booklet should she study more .., thank you

    • admin says:

      It’s hard to say how many questions the judge will ask, but your mother should definitely read the booklet again, especially the chapter “Rights and Responsibilities of citizenship”. All the best to her!

  36. shi_attari says:

    hello Admin
    i have test for 6 Jan 2014 .i read completely all of this 600 test .do you think is it enough ?and the question are exactly the same this question? thank you

    • admin says:

      If you have completed all the chapter tests and simulation tests, you should be well prepared. Based on our customers’ feedback, it appears that our practice questions are very similar to the real questions. Good luck!

  37. Fran says:


    I am currently going to apply for the citizenship. I have a little brother (under 18), and my mother wanted to apply for the citizenship together with me. Since I am older than 18 years old, if we (my mom and me) both write the test. However, I pass the test but she doesn’t. Will my little brother get the citizenship even if my mother did not pass the test?

    Thank You.

    • admin says:

      Hello Fran. We are not sure about your little brother’s situation. You should call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.). Good luck!

  38. Edita says:

    Hello I have a teste Jan 9 2014 I don’t no what is gone happen I going by judge help do you no what a judge is go asking thanks

  39. danee says:

    Hi I just got the book for my citizenship test ,I know I have to wait till they sent me a letter for my written test. But I!m planing to go back home for 3 months in summer what happened if I m not here for the test. Can someone tell me please thank you

  40. Thi Huynh says:

    I have been very depressed about the result of my citizenship oral test which I took on April 29.2012 at your office. I thought an interview that a way to prove the knowledge of Canada, but there are other requirements that you will have to fulfill in the presence of the judge; it was not an oral test. When I came, it turned out to be the citizenship oral test. It was so unexpected to me that I couldn’t have time to prepare for the test so I couldn’t answer some of the personal questions the interviewer asked me. If I had been noticed in advance I would have got good results in the test. As a new immigrant, I am trying hard to study English to catch up with other people, but that day I got nervous during the test, I could not remember at all. The citizenship writing test has multi-choice, but the interview makes people easy to be afraid than.

  41. Oleg3455 says:

    Hi! I have oral test on January 28 2014, does anyone know if there is be question about knowledge of Canada , and how many? I didn’t had time to read the book, but my English very good, I’m here in Canada for 13 years now. Went high school for 3 years.Working full time from 17 years old , now I’m almost 28. Just hope I will past the interview .

  42. sangeet says:

    is there any case you have seen asking for documents after the oath letter is given in person

  43. patricia says:

    Hi everybody I need some help please . I got my letter probably one month ago saying to be prepare for my test that they will let me know any moment soon . just wondering how long takes to let you know where? and when? and if anyone knows what papers I will need to take with me for my interview and test .
    thanks =)

    • tingting429 says:

      I rec’d the same letter as you the end of Dec13, and rec’d my test letter the end of Jan 14, and my test date is Feb 13th. So you are almost there!

  44. zain shah says:

    hei.. i have given the canadian citizenship test on 17th april 2013… they havenot given me any residence questionare… they havenot replied me yet… i think its getting late.. my question is if i failed the test .. does the new january retesting policy applies on applicants who failed the knowledge in april 2013or before 3 september 2013… kindly reply as early as possible

    • admin says:

      Hello Zain. For any specific questions regarding your citizenship application process, please call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.). Good luck!

  45. Mrsali says:

    Hi everyone,
    I have one question regarding residence questionnaire…they have mentioned in the website that if u ll get RQ the process is non-routine and will take 34 months to complete the citizen process. My 34 months will be done in this September. Does anyone has the same condition? Did they ll call before time or not?


  46. Negi says:

    Hello Everyone
    I just want to know I have my citizenship test how many question I have to pass .20 out of 14 ? and what is the time period of test ?
    reply will be appreciated
    Thank you

    • admin says:

      Hello Negi. The Canadian citizenship test consists of 20 multiple choice questions that you will have to answer in 30 minutes. The pass mark is 75%. Good luck!

    • vikas says:

      i gave my test jan 2014 and i got 20 question and 16 question must be correct . i hear that now they change to 15 question must be correct but i am not sure about that

  47. lgy says:

    To be exempt from the language and knowledge test, do you have to be 55 at the time of application or 55 by the time those tests roll around? My Mom is 53 right now – so we’re wondering if we should apply since it took 2 years for my application to get to that test stage…

    • admin says:

      The CIC website says “If you are 55 years of age or older, you do not have to take the test”, so it doesn’t really answer your question. You should call them: Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.)

    • vikas says:

      you have to be 55 at the time you applied. apply as soon as possible because they are going to change that age 55 to 65 . this bill is in parliament .

  48. elmer says:

    My wife failed the test for the second time and wait for 3 to 4 months for interview with the judge but i pass the test on my first time..are my kids will be able to become a canadian citizen in behalf of me? or can we get our oath taking not wating for my wife?

    • admin says:

      It is best if you call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.) and ask them directly. Good luck!

  49. Jay says:

    I applied in June 2011 and they got my file in July 2011.

    They started processing my application on January , 2012.

    They sent me notice on September , 2012 to appear and write the citizenship test on October , 2012.

    I got residental query on exam day i submitted my all document in 15 days. After that all silent.
    I called just last week and they said you were fail in test so you had ask to come on April 2014. but i never got any notice as they sent it to my old address, i do check online also but nothing mention online for my april test.
    though i have change address 2 years back online and i called and conform my self.
    now my question is
    1.when i will get the next notice for the test.
    2. Should take all my document during my test for the citizenship req. like proof of stay in canada etc.
    how long this will go as its already 3 years still waiting

  50. vikas says:

    hi everyone i just want to let you know what is procedure for citizenship test according to my experience. i applied citizenship in march 10,2013 and i received my test date on jan 7 2014, and after written test one lady call me she told me my result and ask me some general question it will took 7-8 minutes and then she told me to wait outside after 15 min she announced my name and told me to come next week for oath and thats it.

  51. Kika says:

    I did questionnaire 3ys ago failed 1st citizen test and pass in the second ….. What the next step

  52. Anonymous says:

    Hi everyone! I wanna know that I failed my citizenship test for the 1st time by getting 14 out of 20.but I went 30 minutes late for the 2nd time.I sent them a letter explaining why I was late after I week.its been 4 months now.I didn’t get any mail or any respond from them for my next test.I am so worried.I even called them but got no update.can anyone tell me why is this?

  53. Hi says:

    Hi CiC I need help for you I was today for citizentship In second time and I didn’t past the test just 11 that need 15 for 4 question I didn’t past and I reading book and study so much but when I want there I didn’t past test and now I’m wait for letter which day I won’t see Jd I need help I am sing mom and I am here just with my children I don’t have many body ??!?
    Plssss help me

  54. atuhel says:

    My wife wrote citizenship test on January 30, 2014a and she was passed the wreeten test and officer said she did not pass the interview and she will inform for interview within 4-6 weeks. but , still she did not get any interview date and any letter form CIC and its passed more then 6 months. if any one give some information or what is next to do?

  55. Waleed Khan says:

    My wife just gave the citizenship test and she passed it. She had an interview with the judge and he questioned her about her residency. He was wondering why she hadn’t worked for the three years she was here. Also we when we calculated we were just 1 day over the residency requirement. The judge said he has to confirm from border services the number of days you were out of the country, which takes 48 hours. I am worried why the judged asked for this? Everyone who passed the exam with me got a date already for the oath.

    please advise

  56. Anonymous says:

    Dear Citizenship-support,

    I would like to know if there is any other option for people who fails the 3rd citizenship test.

    Please help to reply.


  57. suni says:

    i failed first time citizenship test and passed in second time test,after passed my test they sent a letter for interview with citizenship officer and they sent me a aletter fof interpreter with this letter.when i was go to citizenship officer with my interpreter they took a sigh on one paper of interpreter and told him to sit outside and dint take me interpreter help and they asked many topics and told me to telling 5 to 6 sentence about each topics. i confused and give some answer.they sent me a letter . in that letter citizenship officer refused my application.and tell me about new application in letter.citizenship officer has right to refused my application if i passed writing test and not passed in interview with officer and not with the judge.is there any chance for me to present the citizenship judge.please give me true advice as soos as possible.i tried hard in writing test and i passed and fail in interview

  58. suni says:

    PLS anybody have experience tell me reply

  59. Hi admin. says:

    Hi Admin. My hubby has written the test twice and both times received 14 out of 20. I know he needs 15 to pass. Could he have not had an interview right there and then instead of having to wait long period of time. He had studied so hard both times.

  60. Mariam Sheraz says:

    I failed in my Canadian citizenship test recently and re-appearing on 5 November 2014. I am cancer patient and going on chemotherapy and difficult for me to concentrate and focus. i am trying my very best to understand the book. Can anybody guide me what happened if i failed the second test again. i am so scared and confused. I have a minor child along with me.

    your guidance will be very helpful.

    • admin says:

      Hi Mariam. We are very sorry to hear about your cancer. According to the CIC website:
      If you do not pass the second test, CIC will send you a notice telling you to appear for a hearing with a citizenship officer. During this hearing, the citizenship officer may assess whether you meet all the requirements for citizenship. During an oral interview, the citizenship officer may:
      – test your knowledge of Canada and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship;
      – ask questions about your residency in Canada; and/or
      – assess if you have adequate knowledge of English or French.

  61. F-Lorenze says:


    I plan to apply in June 2015 and I will be 54 yrs old and 3 months by then. If I am called to take the test and I am 55 yrs old by the time of the test, should I still take the test? THank you.

    • admin says:

      Hi. For your question, you should call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.)

  62. Hi there
    I feel so bad i did the test today i got 14 out of 20 and it is some question i know them but i don’t know why i answer them wrong i am so stress crying all day i am pregnant i have 2 kids i forget lots lol
    I am scared if i did not pass the sec exam does the judge going to kick me out of the country i am worry just coz my husband and my kids they born here so i am going to go back home if i did not take it please help me i am really stress about it

    • admin says:

      We are very sorry to hear that you failed your test. We can help you pass your second test. Our product is $29 but it is worth it. You’ll be able to learn the content of the study guide and practice as much as you want with our simulation tests. Good luck!

  63. Monica says:

    Hi I just fail the second retest on December 4 so how long they will mail me to oral interviews

    • admin says:

      Hi Monica. For any specific questions regarding your citizenship application process, please call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.)

  64. pargor says:

    Hi, my wife took the second citizenship test and passed 20/20 thanks to your chapter questions.
    After waiting for six month she has received a letter to appear-hearing with Citizenship Officer 0n 13 Jan.2014.
    She was expecting to go for oath, can you please explain why this has happened.
    Thank you admin.

    • admin says:

      We are very glad that your wife passed her test 20/20. For any specific questions regarding your citizenship application process, please call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.)

  65. pargor says:

    Sorry 13 JAN 2015

  66. pargor says:

    Hi, Suni
    I am sorry to hear about your experience, do you remember the topics you were asked? if so please let me know so I can help my wife. Thank you

  67. Naina says:

    Someone I know passed the Canadian citizenship test but after when she was interviewed to check her literacy skill She didn’t get through it.
    Now she has an interview on 12 and my question is will she be asked questions to check her literacy requirement only or also the question related to Canada like responsibilities and geography and history?

  68. Alfo says:

    Becoming a Canadian Citizen is not just about the test. You have to fulfill ALL criteria to be accepted. That includes residency, ability to speak and understand either English or French and your knowledge of the Rights, Freedoms and responsibilities of being a Canadian citizen. It’s not enough to just know the information – you are expected to live that way too – having a job, providing for your family, helping in the community, etc.

  69. Vani says:

    Hi I failed my citizenship test the first time and I have to rewrite it in about 4-8 weeks they told me but I was wondering if they will bring the same questions back like the first time or would it be diffrent all together? Please let me know so that I can study harder for the second one.I do not want to fail again.Thank you.

  70. Anonymous says:

    Hello again I just went to interview with Canadian officer on January 11 2015 and then She didn’t tell me that I pass or not because she said if I’m not recive a mail in 2 weeks that’s mean I pass but it’s been 3 weeks already that didn’t recive The mail so I just call the cic they tell me nothing update on my file yet so do u have any Idea for me thanks for help

  71. Melissa Sahagun says:

    I have failed this test twice already and was told in Nov 2013 that I will have to meet with a judge. I have heard new rules and things have changed. Many people I know are applying and getting their citizenships in no time. I would like to speak with someone but not sure who to contact.
    I would really appreciate any information you may have.

    Thank you

    • admin says:

      Have you tried calling the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.)?

  72. jennifer saliba says:

    hi admin! I took my citizenship test early this morning! I was so nervous like my whole body was shaking because of the written test! after I finished my test I went to the immigration for the test result… Got so nervous because I don’t know if I pass or fail the test…afterwards immigration officer called my name I was so nervous like my mind was out because of that I don’t know if I pass or fail the test…I know the immigration officer was explaining everything but the problem is my mind didn’t absorb what the officer said to me…how will I know if I pass or fail the exam…right now I couldn’t sleep because of that I’m thinking so much right now about my test result…I hope you can help me I want a peace of mind right now! THANKS

    • admin says:

      Yes this test can be nerve racking!! You could call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.), they should have the results on your file.

  73. Im just curious, how many different tests do they have?

  74. Anonymous says:

    I just want to ask if you have 14/20 they can’t just let go? Only one mark missing for the pass.

  75. Mike says:

    Hi There,

    My wife failed in judge hearing twice. I was with her for both appointment and she answered most of the questions (over 11). What she has to do next? It is really disappointed.



    • admin says:

      Hi Mike. For any specific questions regarding your citizenship application process, please call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays). Good luck!

  76. Anonymous says:

    Hi there
    I failed my Citizenship test on June 4, 2015. On the paper it says that you will get a notice in next 4 to 8 weeks to rewrite the test. I want to know roughly how long it takes to hear anything from CIC. Thanks

  77. Monique says:

    Hi Admin , My dad and I took the test I passed but unfortunately he failed the test does this mean I have to wait for him to pass his exam before I can do my oath taking?

    • admin says:

      Hi Monique, for your specific question, it is best if you call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays). Good luck!

  78. Melinda says:

    Hi Admin, I just wonder if this practice program suitable for BC province because I have heard that there will be some questions regarding to the province the applicant lives.

    • admin says:

      Hi Melinda, we have a “government page” where we answer all the province-related government questions that you might be asked during your test for BC. So yes our program is suitable for BC. Good luck!

  79. bhoms says:

    Hi All

    I have my test next week. What kind of questions asked in test? really hard ones? I did some free simulation tests online and read the book once. Could any one please suggest what other practice should i do?

    Thanking you in advance….

    • admin says:

      No one knows for sure which questions you are going to be asked. Customers have said that our practice questions are very similar to the real ones, if not exactly the same. So you could give us a chance to prepare you for this test.

  80. Sazia says:

    I passed my second test on july 27th and I was told I will get my oath date within three to four months.then I got another mail that saying I ve to re appear for my 2nd test.i called call centre they said it mistakenly has been sent .And still I need to go on 3rd September and talk to them in person.im not sure even still I need to do my test again as I did pass already.this is really a mental stress for me.i couldn’t get any help from the contact centre.

  81. Abbas Ali says:

    Hi, I passed the test on July 27, the Citizenship test. Now I got another letter to take September 3 test. Is there anything wrong in the co-ordination? The call centre cannot answer anything as well.
    Please advise.

    • suni says:

      hi passed second attempt in citizen test.then they sent me in august for interview.in that interview they sent me a letter for interpreter.i took the interpreterbut citizen officer not a judge take sign only in one paper of interrpreter and told them seat outside and dint take me help.than citizen officer give me 4 to topics and told me 5 to 6 sentence about that topics.i dint give all answer but only some.than they send me a letter for refused my application 2014 and not returned my refund 100 dollar.whats the next step.please anybody know send the reply.i am very depressed about my result.

  82. Anonymous says:

    Such a bad luck of my husband. He failed his test with 1 number he got 14/20. Same thing with his second test 14/20. Is there any request can name make behalf of him. He is so depressed since then. I can’t see him like this.

    • admin says:

      He might have to see a Citizenship judge, but you should ask Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays). Good luck!

  83. Dave says:

    I’m curious why interpreters are allowed to accompany individuals applying for their Canadian citizenship. The English language spoken and written should be mandatory for all those who wish to be Canadian citizens.

  84. neeraj says:

    I have submitted by citizen application on May and waiting for written exam, Could any one tell me tentatively what will be the date for written exam and interview,

    Also I need to go outside Canada in months of FEB, March and April 2016 and I am just worried if I got my written exam date in between ? what will be the consequence?

    • admin says:

      If you cannot show up for your test, you have to notify CIC as soon as possible so that they can reschedule a test for you. Good luck!

  85. Anonymous says:

    So my mom failed her test the second time and she has a judge hearing but in LINC classes (ESL) she has passed the requirement level 4+ so I’m wondering if she fails the hearing will she have to get another level? Will she get another hearing or will she have to restart the process? Also will she get the same questions asked that she got wrong? Thanks!

  86. Guest says:

    teh whole system is just not transparent. It has been almost a full year when I wrote my test and got 20/20. It seems that it is all the same whether you fail or pass. It is just a jerking non transparent system. You cannot seek help in the system once a self-confused officer or “non-multicultural” officer has your file in her/his hands. To bad for a great nation like Canada.

  87. Guest says:

    Immigrant professionals of all fields, let’s use the new option to re-migrate to the US. We have lost too many nerves here. Those who intend to come here, good luck with pushing the mountain of problems! This nations is not ready for immigrant professionals, whether you are ducated or simply extra professional in your field, such as medicine. It is a self-proclaimed system by which you will be alienated life-long. If you are professional like me, see options elsewhere and not in Canada.

  88. neeraj says:

    Does any one aware when will be the next written exam for citizen ship? any tentative dates?

  89. Hi says:

    Hi I passed seconde test for citizanship.than they Send me notice for the hearing interview with the citizenship officer now I don’t know what is this for any idea please let me know.

    • admin says:

      They might want to know more information about you. To know more about your interview, please call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays). Good luck!

  90. fm says:

    pls i fail the first test and i was told i will rewrite the test again,is it same question am doing or different one?

    • admin says:

      Nobody knows which questions you will have for your second test, they could be similar questions or they could be different ones, so it is better for you to review the entire study guide again. Good luck!

  91. Hi says:

    Hi just I want to how many question correct to pass the citizanship test.

  92. Hi says:

    Hi how many question is correct to pass the citizanship test .

  93. Hello says:

    Hi ,I did my test with 16 correct answer ,bud I receive a latter to I need to see with citizenship officer and I went to see the citizanship officer I’m not sour I did not answer all the oust ion now I don’t know I pass or not Thank you.

    • admin says:

      For any specific questions regarding your citizenship application process, please call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays). Good luck!

  94. Hi I did the test 2 times I got 12 and 14 . I was lucky I was given a 3rd chance in an oral interview but the officer was asking me questions in Canadian knowledge without giving me multiple answers to pick !!!!

    The officer at the end of oral interview told me that either I receive a letter of application closed (in case I fail) or I will receive a letter asking me to wait 3 months . I received this letter for 3 months waiting on the 1st of June 2015 , now 7 months have gone I am still waiting the call for ceremonies . I called the 1800 they know nothing , my concern is if a letter was sent and lost for any reason , that means I might loose my right for citizenship forever.

  95. 1975 Marinka says:

    Thank you for all comments
    My verbal test coming on Tuesday

  96. Tina pham says:

    I have an interview for next week , somebody help me and let me know what they ask about questions? I’m very appreciated

  97. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and
    now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the
    same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service?


  98. Anonymous says:

    Hello I did the test 26 May 2016 and i passed 19/20 thanks for this website help me to memorize all the question I recommended you if you preparing your test this website is gonne help you its worth
    i got interview the same day the officer will basically ask you oral question about your life for example in my case the officer aske me how long your family’s live in Canada? is one of your family has been convicted crime since when they were in Canada?
    also the officer will give you a few minute to talk about ur self the officer will check your ability to speak & to understand either english or french

  99. niky says:

    I am wondering if you mean the citizenship chapter test which is free on line or there is a package that we can shop on line? If there is a reliable set please provide me with the linc . Thanks

  100. Ali says:

    I failed everything, I should have to go to interview maybe in June 2018. I know what will happen about hearing judges. Any idea about an oral test? Thanks.

  101. Michael Ng says:


    I have taken the test over 15 years ago and failed, never retake the test again. Now I am 66 years old, understand that I don’t need to take the test in view of my age. Am I qualify to apply for citizenship and what procedure / process I need to undertake to become a citizen?

  102. shine says:

    Hi i passed my test perfect score 20 20 but kind of worried for my interview the officer told me that i will get some update for oath taking with in 1 to 3 months but she said that my paper will be subject for review does anyone experience this….or its normal to say subject for review..thanks for your answer

  103. Mr. Chin says:

    I have a foreign driver’s licence . I try to pass my writting test but after 3 times I fail. Can they help me?

  104. M. Ali says:

    I sent my application for citizenship , my son( 11 .Y.O) and my mom( 64 Y.O) in one envelope, I did my test on Oct 11, 2018 but not passed 14/20 , my mom didn’t write a test because she is older then 54. When I checked my file and also my son online there is still in progress, but for my mom there is decision made, I don’t know if they will decide to set an appoinment for appearing ceremony for her or they will wait till I will pass the test?

  105. beth says:

    thank you i finally passed the test! after too much reading and reviewing thanks admin!

  106. Anonymous says:

    Hi admin,
    $29 your package is it includes all the items showing on the web?

  107. Nn says:

    I failed my second test, I have to interview with judge, why kind of question do they ask?

    • admin says:

      We recommend contacting Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in regards to your inquiry.

  108. Hi,I did my test last week, I called the immigration on Friday they sad my test was cancelled because the camera was off. Do have any idea how long will take to resend me another test. Thank you

    • admin says:

      Hi Mariana,
      We recommend contacting Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in regards to your inquiry.

  109. ci says:

    Hi, what if i fail the interview with the judge. Will I be able to apply for Canadian Citizenship again?

  110. thayaliny says:

    hi I have did my exam on april 2021. i have confused i am pass or not. when i check online my status was in progras.but exam was completed.what mean that?

  111. thayaliny says:

    i have done my exam april 16 2021.wheni check my status, its still inprogras.but exam was completed.i am confused am i pass my exam or ?

  112. Anonymous says:

    I got the score 14 out of 20 in my citizenship test. What gonna happen the next?

    • admin says:

      As per our terms , if you fail the official test, and if you have completed our entire training before your official test date (all chapters completed or 100% of the simulation tests completed), you will have to email us your test result certificate. Upon receiving this certificate, and upon verifying your completion of the training, we will refund your fees (£29). This refund policy is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase, while your account is open and valid with us.

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