Australian Citizenship Test Information

About the test

What is the Australian citizenship test?

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

Who has to prepare for the test?

Everybody in the age bracket of 18-60 is required to pass this test as part of their citizenship application.

Who has to do the test?

The following persons are not required to sit the test:

  • those who lodged their citizenship application before 1 October 2007
  • those aged under 18
  • those aged 60 and over
  • 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
    • demonstrating a basic knowledge of the English language
    • demonstrating an adequate knowledge of Australia and of the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship
    • those who were born to a former Australian citizen
    • those who were born in Papua before 16 September 1975 to an Australian citizen born in Australia as currently defined
    • persons who are stateless and were born in Australia

What is the passmark for the test?

You must score 75% or more to pass the test. This is equivalent to answering 15 or more out of 20 questions correctly.

Booking the test

How to book the test?

You must use the official booking website to book the test. You can find the test centre nearest to you by following this link. Just type in your address or postcode.

How much does it cost to book the test?

The fee to take test varies depending on the type of your application. There is no extra fee to re-sit the test.

What documents do I need to book the test?

There are three types of documents that you need for your citizenship application:

  • identity documents
  • character documents
  • supporting documents.

Find out more about these types of documents on the official government website.

Test preparation

What do I need to know for the test?

You need to know the information contained in the testable version of the official handbook "Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond". Every single question in the official test will be based on this book.

How can I prepare for the test?

Our citizenship mock tests together with the study guide are part of the essential preparation for the test. It's recommended to read and study the contents of the handbook before attempting our practice tests. Our practice tests are highly realistic, both in terms of difficulty and test layout, making them ideal preparation materials before the test. We strongly advise you complete all 45 practice tests which will cover all of the required material and give you extra confidence, however many people pass after completing just a few of our practice tests.

How difficult is the official test?

The official test selects 20 randomly generated questions from the database, making every single test unique in terms of difficulty. Our sample tests cover all of the essential facts that you should know for the test, so you can rest assured regardless of the questions that come up in your test.

Do I need to know all of the information in the hanbook?

You will need to know the information contained ONLY in the testable part of the official handbook. The non-testable section has important information that will help you to understand the history and culture however you will NOT be tested on this information.

How do we pick the questions?

We carefully select questions from the Study Materials. All of our questions are valid for all exams taking place , because they are based on the official handbook. We aim to provide only the best and most relevant questions to make your preparation pay off in the end.

Will these questions appear in my official test?

Yes and No, the official citizenship test is a selection of randomly selected questions from their own database. Our questions are designed to be similar to those in the official test, they might actually come up. You will be surprised how easy it is to pass your official test after completing our tests.

Tips for the test

Take your time to read and answer the questions. It's important to pay attention to the question and read it as many times as you need to make sure that you understand it correctly. You are allowed 45 minutes to complete the test, that is just over 2 minutes per question.

Pay attention to the type of question asked. Some questions will have more than 1 correct answer. In such cases, make sure that you select as many correct options as the question asks.

What to expect at the test centre?

How long will I spend at the test centre?

Make sure to give yourself a two-hour slot for the test. We advise you to arrive 15 minutes early to be on the safe side. The identity checks should take another 15 minutes and you will be given 45 minutes to complete the test.

Identity checks

This is a standard procedure operated by every approved test centre. You will be required to show the identification used when booking the test and show the true likeliness of the person displayed on the ID.

Can I bring visitors/guests?

Not all test centres will allow visitors/guests.

What happens if I pass?

Upon passing the Australian citizenship test you can expect the government to:

  • advise you in writing of the outcome of your application after it is finalised
  • liaise with your local council to arrange your attendance at their next available ceremony
  • provide you with the reasons in writing for any decision to refuse an application, including how to apply for a review of the decision
The Australian government will expect you to:
  • provide any documents or information we request within the specified time or such other time agreed with you quote your file or other reference number if you need to contact us or send us documents
  • understand that following approval of your application, the waiting time for you to attend your ceremony is usually within six months but can vary
  • advise us of changes in your residential address or other contact details by completing and lodging Form 929 - Change of address and/or passport details (260KB PDF).

What happens if I fail?

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.

Can I get extra support?

Get in touch with your test centre or call 131 880 if you require additional support

Using this website

How should I use this website to get ready for the test?

Since the citizenship test is based on the official handbook, we strongly suggest you read and understand the material before attempting our practice tests. Our mock tests are designed to teach you the material interactively. They cover every single paragraph of the handbook and contain explanations of the correct answer. Completing all practice tests, effectively familiarises you with the type of questions that may come up in your test and covers the whole handbook. Most people pass their test after completing just a few mock tests, but we strongly advise you to complete all of them.

When do I know that I'm ready?

You should be ready after completing all practice tests. If you pass them all, rest assured that you will find the final exam easy.

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