New citizenship test emphasizes American concepts and values over memorization


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Today, the U.S. government will start phasing in a new citizenship test that emphasizes American concepts and values over rote memorization, reports Tony Barboza.

Open-ended prompts asking applicants to describe what the Constitution does or what the ‘rule of law’ is, for example, replace more pointed questions like, ‘What were the original 13 states’ or ‘Who said ‘Give me liberty or give me death?’ ‘(Patrick Henry).


But the much-publicized switch to the new exam has caused anxiety and uncertainty among some immigrants, and advocacy groups have noticed an increase in applications among legal residents who fear that the new test will be more difficult.

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