New Australian Citizenship Test – what is it all about?
An Australian citizenship test was introduced for the first time on 1 October 2007 by the Australian government. This means that people need to pass this test before applying for citizenship.
On October 2009, a new Australian citizenship test was launched by the federal government. This test still assesses whether citizenship applicants have a basic level of English and an adequate understanding of Australia and of the rights and responsibilities of being an Australian citizen.
A few key changes have taken place to refine the citizenship test.
– The test does not have anymore any compulsory questions
– The pass mark is now 75%, as opposed to a previous 60%.
– The questions are now written in plain English
Despite the higher pass mark, the test has become fairer since the compulsory questions have been removed. This means that every question has now an equal weight. With the old test, citizenship applicants failed the test if they answered incorrectly any of the 3 compulsory questions. For example, they could have answered correctly 19 questions out of 20, but still fail the test if the one incorrect question was a compulsory one.
Now people only have to answer correctly 15 questions out of 20 to pass the test, and be able to apply for Australian citizenship, assuming they meet all other criteria.
The Australian citizenship test format is still 20 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes.
The resource book has been updated also in 2009. The new book is called Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond, and covers a wide variety of facts about Australia and about Australian citizenship. The test encourages people to know more about their new country and about the responsibilities and privileges of being Australian.
Citizen applicants still need to study the resource book in order to pass their test, as all questions are based on the testable section of the resource book.
The cost of this citizenship test is covered by the application fee. If you fail the test and need to pass it again, you will not be charged again.
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