IRCC New Online Canadian Citizenship Test: Everything You Need To Know

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The Immigration Department (IRCC) has recently launched a new virtual platform to enable applicants to sit their Canadian Citizenship Test online. This comes as welcome news for many people that have had their test date cancelled or postponed since COVID restrictions were implemented 8 months ago. Approximately 85,000 or more people are waiting to take the citizenship test.

IRCC said the platform will be tested over the next few months and more people will be invited to use it after performance monitoring proves it works reliably.

IRCC is now inviting some applicants to take their test online

You can only take the test after you receive an invitation. Wait for IRCC to contact you.

If you have been invited to take an online test, you:

• have 21 days from the date in the invitation to sit the test
• must be in Canada when taking the test

For more detailed information you can visit Government of Canada website:

The format of the online test will be the same as the in-person test

• It is in English or French.
• You have 30 minutes to complete it.
• There are 20 questions that are presented as multiple choice, or true or false.
• Your score must be at least 15 out of 20 correct in order to pass the test.

The online test has security measures in place:

• You will have to take a photo of yourself and your signed ID documents with a webcam before the test can begin.
• The system will take photos of you during the test
• You must take the test by yourself in a room with good lighting. This will make sure that the system can see you clearly through the webcam.

Taking the test online from the comfort of home offers many advantages:

• Promotes better test performance

Taking the test from a familiar setting may help test-takers feel more at ease while sitting the test. Feeling calm and comfortable has positive effects on test performance.

• It’s more efficient

You save the time and effort that it takes to get to a test office as well as follow all the protocols required before and after taking the test.

• It’s more convenient

Since you have 21 days from the date in the invitation to take the test, you can choose the date that works best for your schedule.

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28 Comments » for IRCC New Online Canadian Citizenship Test: Everything You Need To Know
  1. Lito racelis says:

    Thank you

  2. Audrina Maloc says:


  3. Colin Emanuel Morris says:

    Thank you

  4. DR A says:

    I’m an essential worker and manage the hygiene and disinfection in COVID-19 cases , my application is 21 month old , do you know how can i get my application from the freezing/in processing mode?

  5. pxhoang says:

    Thank you very for your update about online test, otherwise I do not know and I have no idea about online.

  6. katie_calgary says:

    That is a great news ❤️

  7. raymon matiling says:

    During the online exam, can you go back to the previous question and change your answer?

    • admin says:

      Hi Raymon,
      To the best of our knowledge, yes you can go back to your previous question and change your answer within the 30 minute time limit.

  8. Wendy says:

    Hi,Do I have to book a date to take the test within the 21 days or I just log in any day within the 21 days and take the test? Thank you

    • admin says:

      Hi Wendy, To the best of our knowledge, you can take the test at a time that is convenient for you within the 21 day period.

  9. Olami says:

    For someone with an expired international passport (no reason to leave Canada), is it possible to still apply for citizenship? Or do they have renew the passport first?

  10. Laurice says:

    Hi there. Would you know if they allow taking the test on a weekend or after 5pm on a weekday? Thanks in advance.

    • admin says:

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

  11. strokach1980 says:

    If I got invitation for test and on that time I will be outside of Canada . Can I move my test for one month.

    • admin says:

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

  12. Hussein Ali says:

    I have had submitted my documents since Oct 2019 and I don’t know when I get a test .
    Do you have any idea about this?

  13. hiraqureshi says:

    can i postpone my test?

  14. I gated file number but I don’t know which day might test.

  15. Gwendy says:

    Can you take the test on the weekend?

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