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April 27th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

One in three native-born Americans would fail U.S. civics test

Hope you were paying attention in your high school social studies class. Apparently, one in three native-born Americans would fail a 10-question civics test given to immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship. 97.5 percent of immigrants pass the test, which asks basic questions about American history and government. Xavier University took a telephone poll to get these results.

But, we want to know how well our John King, USA followers would do. Take the test here and let us know how you did in the comments below.


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Julian Sanchez

    If you dont know your past you dont know how to prevent it from repeating in the future. How about we have a law that every ten years you gota take an exam if you dont pass it you dont get to vote. I am sure that would really go towards cutting down ignorance regarding our role in government.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  2. Jay Hatcher

    Got a 100...cause your link was to the answers! :)

    April 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  3. Patty

    I wanted to take the test, but the answers are already given. Any chance a copy of the test will be posted WITHOUT the answers. I'm confident I could pass, but I won't know for sure unless you post a copy of the test w/o answers. Thanks.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  4. Anne HEsse

    The link to the 10 question citizenship test is broken

    April 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  5. Jim from Idaho

    Civics test did not seem to be available on the John King site.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
  6. Boardwalker

    YOUR LINK is bad.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  7. Wanda Gough

    Since the questions are in increments of 4, I did 12 and scored 12/12. (But history was my major in college) :)

    April 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  8. Lee

    That was fun. I missed 3 questions – one I was confused with what they were asking. It helps, though, that my primary choices with books are history and current events.

    April 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  9. Anne Hesse

    I found some practice questions at the site. I got 39 out of 40 correct.. :D

    April 27, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  10. Linda Peace

    I took the test quickly- It was a bit tricky because the answers are right on the test- However, I did find it quite basic and believe that I would have gotten at least 95 if I had taken the actual 100 question exam. Very sad if Americans are so out of touch with our system of government and history that 30% of them could not pass this test..No wonder we have trouble electing responsive representatives!

    April 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  11. David

    What kind of test gives the answers along with the questions? I got 100%

    April 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
  12. Louis Ruiz

    I'm seventeen years old in wich i lived 13 in the United States (Im currently living in mexico) and i got around 70 right thankyou cnn ;)

    April 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
  13. KR 40

    Where is the 10 question civics test???

    April 27, 2012 at 11:35 pm |