About the citizenship test

The Australian citizenship test plays a valuable role in encouraging people to find out more about Australia, as well as understanding the responsibilities and privileges being an Australian citizen brings. All the information you need to pass the test is in the citizenship test resource Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond.

The citizenship test:

  • is in English
  • consists of 20 multiple choice questions, and
  • has a pass mark of 75 per cent.

There is not a separate English language test but you will need a basic knowledge of English to pass the test.

Before you can sit the citizenship test, you must apply for citizenship.

Types of test

The Standard Test

The Standard Test is normally computer-based and a maximum of 45 minutes is given for you to do the test. You can be shown how to use the computer if you have not used one before. Sometimes the test may be done on paper if a computer is not available.

Our staff may assist you by reading out aloud to you the test questions and possible answers if you have poor computer or literacy skills or if you have a physical or cognitive impairment that prevents you from sitting the test independently. You will still be required to pass the test to meet the requirements for citizenship.

The Assisted Test

Like the Standard Test, the Assisted Test is also normally computer-based although a maximum of 90 minutes is given for you to do the test.

To be eligible to sit the Assisted Test, you will need to have completed at least 400 hours of English language tuition under the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), and be assessed by the AMEP provider as not having the English language reading skills necessary to complete the test unassisted.

You will also be eligible to sit the Assisted Test if you have a cognitive impairment (whether temporary or permanent) that prevents you from sitting the Standard Test even with the assistance.

You will still be required to pass the test to meet the requirements for citizenship.

Sitting the test

Most people pass the test on their first or second try. Failing the citizenship test does not affect your permanent residence visa or your ability to continue living in Australia.

Once you have finished the test, the computer will immediately notify you if you have passed. If you have not passed, you can ask to sit the test again. If possible, you will be allowed to sit the test again on the same day. Alternatively, you can re-book another test appointment, particularly if you would like more time to prepare. There is no extra fee to re-sit the test. If you do a paper test, the results are not available immediately.

If you do not follow the rules of the test, you will be asked to leave and you may have to sit your test again.

There are no child care facilities at the test centres, so you will need to make your own child care arrangements while you take the test.
See: Citizenship testing centre locations

Help with the test

You will not be able to refer to study aids or the test resource book during your test.

You may talk with the test administrator but you cannot talk with other people during your test.

People with a disability

If you have a minor disability that cannot be supported with specialist medical evidence you will need to sit the test.

If your disability means you are unable to read the computer screen, or use a computer mouse, our staff will provide you with assistance to complete the test. If this applies to you, please attach a note to your application form requesting assistance with sitting the Standard Test.

If you are not sure whether or not you need to sit the test, please contact the department for more information.
Telephone: 131 880

People with low computer skills

Help may be provided by our staff to people with poor or no computer skills who may have difficulty in sitting the Standard Test independently.

People with low levels of English literacy skills

It is expected that most people will need to be able to speak and read basic English to complete the Standard Test without assistance. If you have problems with reading in English, our staff will provide assistance by reading the test questions and possible answers to you.

The Assisted Test may also be available to you. To be eligible to sit the Assisted Test, you will need to have completed at least 400 hours of English language tuition under the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), and be assessed by the AMEP provider as not having the English language reading skills necessary to complete the test unassisted.

For more information on the Assisted Test, please contact the department.
Telephone: 131 880

More information on the AMEP is also available.
See: Adult Migrant English Program

Is there a fee for the test?

You are not required to pay any additional fee to sit the citizenship test. However, there is a fee to lodge your application for citizenship.

Accessibility

We try to make the Citizenship Test system user-friendly for you regardless of your ability or background, by following worldwide web standards and providing information for you in multiple formats.

We are working to comply with Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, a technical standard which describes how to make web content more usable and accessible for everyone.

Support

If you have any issues accessing information or services on the citizenship test system when undertaking the citizenship test, or would like to request assistance, please speak with the Citizenship Test Administrator in attendance at your citizenship test.