New Australian Citizenship Test – what is it all about?

New Australian citizenship test
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.

The resource book Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond has a lot of facts to memorize, and the computer-based multiple-choice test format can be disconcerting if you are not used to it. We offer a Complete Online Training Program to help you prepare for your official Australian citizenship test: click here for more info.

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38 Comments » for New Australian Citizenship Test – What is it all about?
  1. santi says:

    i would like to do practice test

  2. Manisha maini says:

    I would like to do practice test

  3. ngoc ngo says:

    i would like past my practice test…

  4. qEV says:

    Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn something like this before. So nice to search out any person with some distinctive thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up.

  5. dhia dawood says:

    I would like to do practice test

  6. fati says:

    i would like to do the practice test

  7. Ghulam Sakhi says:

    i would like to do the practice test and learn more about my beautiful Australia .

  8. sayed.kashim says:

    Australian citizen tests

  9. Aysa says:

    Hi I would like to do practice test

  10. SUN says:

    like to know how to book for the test 2015??

  11. Soner says:

    Would like to practice the test

  12. JAW says:

    Hi i would teach my beautiful wife Australia Cit-sh test but i am not able to download it is there any one would help me ?

  13. hassan says:

    love u australia

  14. wat says:

    I would like to do practice the test

  15. khatema says:

    I would like to do practice the test

  16. ahmed says:

    Would like to practice the test
    thank you so much

  17. Jay says:

    I am an Australian. Born here and am 44 years old. Just completed the practice test and only just passed. Thankyou for opening my eyes to the fact that even I don’t know as much about Australia as our new citizens. I will be reading the material myself and learning more about my great country. Good luck to all. Its worth it!!

  18. Mohammad Yaqob Shahed says:

    I like our new life and new country development of Australia, I hope I get appointment and can pass my test .

  19. David Potgieter says:

    I am 84 years old do I still need to do the test

    • admin says:

      Hello David, for any specific questions regarding your citizenship application process, please call the Department of Citizenship and Immigration at 131 880.

  20. Raju Pradhan says:

    Hi their I am an Australian permanent resident , if I did not apply or did not get any problem for my permanent resident ?

  21. Linah Arulnathan says:

    Does a 84 year old person need to take the citizenship test?
    Has been a PR in Australia for 32 years and now decided to become a citizen.

    • admin says:

      Hi Linah, according to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection “You are usually required to take a citizenship test if you are aged 18 years and over and under 60 years of age”. But it is best to confirm your case with them directly.

  22. Linah Arulnathan says:

    Hi all
    I further researched and found that the 84 year old can submit Form 1290 for her citizenship application because she is above 60.
    Is this correct and can it be submitted through her immiaccount?
    Await your reply soon
    Thank you

    • admin says:

      Hi Linah. For your specific question, it is best to contact directly the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

  23. Shamsurahamn says:

    Hello dear all

    I want to pass my practice test and i really want to permanent resident of Australia could i do it?

  24. Rima says:

    I need to pass the test

  25. Amitesh says:

    I would like to do a trial test

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