The USCIS announced that it will be modifying the test given to citizenship applicants beginning in October 2008. Previously, the USCIS suggested that it would eliminate the current 100 question test and replace it with “a more meaningful” subjective test. However, after receiving significant negative feedback from across the country, the USCIS has decided retain the 100 question format but instead to just modify the questions. The USCIS indicated that the new test emphasizes fundamental concepts of American democracy, basic U.S. history and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Again, the new test only becomes effective for applicants who are attending their naturalization interviews beginning in October 2008. Prior to this date, the current test will remain applicable. Both tests (including all 100 questions with answers) are available on the USCIS website at It is assumed that similar to the current test, the new test will require applicants to correctly answer six of ten questions in order to pass the test and continue with the naturalization process. The USCIS emphasized that applicants who participated in a pilot program for the new test achieved a more than 92% overall pass-rate. A side-by-side comparison of the current test versus the new test is also available on the USCIS website.