MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new survey shows many of us need to brush up on United States civics. In fact, it found a majority of Americans can’t pass a United States citizenship test.

Related: Take The Citizenship Test Here

Nationally, only four in ten people earned a passing grade.

“Based on our research, this is not an issue of whether high school teachers are adequately prepared or whether kids study American history in school,” said Foundation President Arthur Levine. “The answer to both questions is yes. This is an issue of how we teach American history.”

The study showed that Delaware residents ranked in the top 20 percent.

Comments (4)
  1. Wes Volkenant says:

    As a former Social Studies teacher, I got 19 out of 19, but was challenged by 2 or 3 of these, in the way they were worded.

  2. Tom Horn says:

    18/20. I would argue that I gave a more correct answer for the reason the American colonists fought the British than the test picked as the correct answer.

    1. 19/19 and I would argue with you Tom, No quartering of soldiers made it early on the BoR. I presently teach Civics/Gov’t so I knew some others might not. And Barbara, no one wants to do a 100 question test online. At least, not until vacation.. 😉

  3. Barbara Grubb says:

    This is not the USCIS citizenship test that naturalization applicants have to take. The format is not the same, the question about Patrick Henry isn’t on the USCIS exam, the wording of the questions is different, and there are 100 questions, not 20. There could be a good story in talking to the area immigrant communities about what applicants have to learn.
    But kudos to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation for their history initiative!

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