Criteria for taking the Australian citizenship test
In order to take the Australia citizenship test, you must be a permanent resident of Australia and you must have applied for Australian citizenship. This test is part of your citizenship application process.
Once you applied for Australian citizenship, if you are eligible for the citizenship test, you will receive a confirmation letter or email giving you all the information you need to know about your test: your test center location, your test date, the documentation you will need to present on the day of your test, and so on.
Cost of the Australian citizenship test
The citizenship test does not cost any extra money. The test fees are included in your general citizenship application. You also do not need to pay extra to take the test more than once.
Format of the Australian citizenship test
The citizenship test is multiple-choice test of 20 questions, which means each question will be presented with 3 possible answers and you must choose the answer you think is correct. The test is only in English, so you will need a basic understanding of English to pass the test. The test has a pass mark of 75%, which means that you need to answer correctly 15 questions to pass the test.
Most people will take the Standard Test, which is computer-based (see exceptions at http://www.citizenship.gov.au/learn/cit_test/about_test/) and has a time limit of 45 minutes. During the test, you can be helped with the use of a computer if you are not familiar with it.
Australian citizenship test study material
The test questions are based on the testable section of the resource book Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond. You have to memorize all facts contained in this testable section as nobody knows for sure which questions are going to appear on your test.
UPDATE: The Australian government is implementing a new citizenship test. The new citizenship test will still have questions from the study guide, “Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond”, but will also include new questions about the applicant’s understanding of and commitment to Australian values.
Between now and 1 June 2017, the government will consult the public on which “Australian values” questions to ask.
The new potential questions will test migrants for example on their views about gender equality and religious freedom. The new questions will include issues such as violence against women and children, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
This new test will apply to all citizenship applications made on or after 20 April 2017 (applications made before 20 April 2017 follow the old rules).
Australian citizenship test rules
During the test, you cannot refer to the resource book, or any other resource material.
You will not be able to speak to anyone except the test administrator.
After completing the test, the computer screen will notify you if you have passed or failed the test. You will be able to take the test again, possibly the same day.
If you have passed the Australian citizenship test, your test result will be automatically transferred to your citizenship application file. You will need to wait for the overall result of your citizenship application process.
For more information, please go to http://www.citizenship.gov.au/learn/cit_test