Australian Citizenship Test Preparation

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About the Test

The citizenship test is designed to assess whether you have an adequate knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship.

The test is also designed to assess whether you have a basic knowledge of the English language.

The citizenship test:

  • is in English
  • consists of 20 multiple choice questions, and
  • has a pass mark of 75 per cent.

There is not a separate English language test but you will need a basic knowledge of English to pass the test.

Before you can sit the citizenship test, you must apply for citizenship.

Similar tests exist for other countries. For example, United Kingdom has its own version called the Life in the UK Test.

Most people pass the test on their first or second try. Failing the citizenship test does not affect your permanent residence visa or your ability to continue living in Australia.

Once you have finished the test, the computer will immediately notify you if you have passed. If you have not passed, you can ask to sit the test again. If possible, you will be allowed to sit the test again on the same day. Alternatively, you can re-book another test appointment, particularly if you would like more time to prepare. There is no extra fee to re-sit the test. If you do a paper test, the results are not available immediately.

If you do not follow the rules of the test, you will be asked to leave and you may have to sit your test again.

There are no child care facilities at the test centres, so you will need to make your own child care arrangements while you take the test.

The following persons are not required to sit the test:

  • those who lodged their citizenship application before 1 October 2007, or
  • those aged under 18, or
  • those aged 60 and over, or
  • those who suffer from a substantial impairment or loss of hearing, speech or sight, or
  • those who can provide specialist medical evidence of a permanent or enduring physical or mental incapacity which means you are not capable of:
        understanding the nature of your application, or
        demonstrating a basic knowledge of the English language, or
      demonstrating an adequate knowledge of Australia and of the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship, or
  • those who were born to a former Australian citizen, or
  • those who were born in Papua before 16 September 1975 to an Australian citizen born in Australia as currently defined, or
  • persons who are stateless and were born in Australia.
There are some basic rules which you must follow during the test:

  • The test is timed – You will be allowed 45 minutes to complete the Standard Test, or 90 minutes in the case of an Assisted Test. No additional time will be made available.
  • This is a closed book test – You must not bring any test resource material into the testing venue (this includes note paper, the citizenship test resource book, study notes, etc).
  • Personal belongings may be taken into the test site however these must be stored under the desk for the duration of the test. Mobile phones and all other electronic communication/gaming equipment should be switched off while you are within the test venue.

If you do not follow these rules, you may be asked to leave the test venue and may have to sit the test again.

You should read the official handbook “Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond” and practice as much as possible on our website.
The official test is likely to be easier than our practice tests. You are not likely to get asked to “pinpoint” a date. We would rather make you over prepared than fail.
You can apply to sit the official citizenship test here.
You can find the test centre nearest to you by following this link. Just type in your address or postcode.