What is the test all about?

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The new Canadian citizenship test is based on the new study guide “Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship”.
This new test guide has 68 pages, and is much bigger than the old one, and has more facts to memorize. This new guide focuses on the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens, on Canada’s history, military contributions, symbols, values and institutions. More emphasis has been placed as well on facts about government and politics. The native population and Canada’s native roots are much better portrayed in this new study guide.

As a result, the new test introduced in March 2010 is much harder than the old one. Failure rates have climbed up to 30% since 2010, compared to a low 4% for the old test.

Like the old test, the new Canadian citizenship test consists of 20 multiple choice questions that you will have to answer in 30 minutes. If you have 5 wrong answers, you will fail the test. The federal government removed the mandatory questions system, where you previously had to answer correctly a number of specific questions in order to pass the test (on top of having a pas mark of 75%).

Test questions are drawn from the entire study guide. The federal government says you can be tested on any section of any chapter, so basically you have to memorize the entire study guide. But don’t worry, there are effective ways to train for your official test. Read our article on how to prepare for this test: New Canadian citizenship test – How to prepare for it.

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