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. This test 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.
The pass mark is 75% so applicants 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 20 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes.
UPDATE: All 5 Australian Values questions must be answered correctly.
The test is based on the new updated test resource booklet 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.
Citizenship applicants need to study the test booklet in order to pass their test, as all questions are based on the testable section of the test booklet.
UPDATE: The Australian government has implemented a new Australian citizenship test. This new test which is being rolled out on November 15, 2020 is based on the newly revised test booklet, “Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond”. It will include new questions about the applicant’s understanding of and commitment to Australian values.
Also, under the old system, citizenship applications were rejected if the applicant was convicted of a serious offence. The government now views this as insufficient. The new test will look deeper into the applicant’s history for all offences, including minor ones, which are not acceptable by the standard Australian values, such as welfare abuse.
The new 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, children and pets, freedom of expression, tolerance and respect for other people’s beliefs, gender identity and sexual orientation.
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 new proposed rules (subject to the passage of legislation) stipulate that after 3 citizenship test failures, the applicant must wait 2 years before retaking the test (the current system allows applicants to retake the test as many times as they wanted).
As well, applicants who cheat during their test will now be denied citizenship.
The new updated test resource booklet Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond has a lot of facts to memorise, 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.