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Citizenship applicants to take redesigned test

Anyone turning in their U.S. citizenship application Wednesday or after will have to learn "What are two ways that Americans can participate in their democracy?"' and "What does the Constitution do?" The questions are among 100 included in a new, redesigned civics test.

Applicants for naturalization will be quizzed on 10 of the 100 and must correctly answer six. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials revamped the test to emphasize American democracy concepts rather than just memorization.

Anyone who gets their citizenship application to the appropriate USCIS office before Oct. 1 and has an interview scheduled for after that date will get the choice of taking the current test or the new one.

Starting Oct. 1, 2009, all citizenship candidates will have to take the redesigned test regardless of when they applied for naturalization. People who applied for naturalization before Oct. 1 and whose interview occurs before then will take the current test and not the redesigned exam.

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