On September 27, 2007, USCIS announced the 100 questions and answers that comprise the civics section of the new naturalization test. The new test will be administered beginning in October 2008. During a four month period in early 2007, more than 6,000 citizenship applicants volunteered to take a pilot version of the new test at 10 USCIS sites across the country. The 100 new civics questions were selected after the USCIS, a panel of history and government scholars, and English as a Second Language teachers conducted a thorough review of the responses to the 142 questions on the pilot test. The USCIS believes that the new naturalization test will strengthen assimilation efforts by emphasizing fundamental concepts of American democracy, basic U.S. history, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, as well as promote patriotism. The 100 new questions and answers, as well as the reading and writing vocabulary lists, a side-by-side comparison of the current and new test, and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at the USCIS’s website at:  http://www.uscis.gov/newtest.