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Old 09-29-2008, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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This is interesting.

Immigrants to get redesigned citizenship test starting Wednesday

Quick, fellow citizens, what are the colors of our national flag? OK, what color are its stars? How about this: Name the form immigrants fill out to apply for U.S. citizenship. Anyone? What, you never heard of Form N-400? For years, scholars, historians and policy makers have mocked the inane questions on the naturalization examination that immigrants must pass to gain U.S. citizenship, arguing that it tested trivia and minted new Americans who lacked meaningful knowledge about their adopted country's history and governance. But that's set to change Wednesday, when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services rolls out a redesigned naturalization exam.
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:25 AM
 
Location: South FL
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Interesting....


When i did mines, i was asked the hard questions, .
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:03 AM
 
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From that article it appears they shifted away from the rote memorization of the old test and are now testing understanding and comprehension, which is great.
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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From that article it appears they shifted away from the rote memorization of the old test and are now testing understanding and comprehension, which is great.
I'm impressed kid! Normally we're duking it out on these forums but I have to admit that this is a needed change. (I should know...I had to take the old test about twenty years ago. Now, as a history major I find this to be a positive change and a chance for our new immigrants to have a broader understanding of this great nation's past.)
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:34 AM
 
Location: California
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Make the test harder to become a legal citizen? That's a really good idea, it should really decrease the number of people coming illegally.
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:04 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Make the test harder to become a legal citizen? That's a really good idea, it should really decrease the number of people coming illegally.

Um, I believe it said it is now easier.
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:59 AM
 
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Um, I believe it said it is now easier.
Oh, she just likes to fight. Anything immigration related gets her hackles up.
Dont take it personal....it is early and most of us haven't found our coffee yet.
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Old 10-01-2008, 09:10 AM
 
Location: San Diego North County
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Oh, she just likes to fight. Anything immigration related gets her hackles up.
Dont take it personal....it is early and most of us haven't found our coffee yet.
Ummmm...feel fairly certain that she is a he
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Old 10-01-2008, 11:52 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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It should be harder. It should be like taking an SAT or even more difficult.
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Old 10-01-2008, 01:16 PM
 
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I'm impressed kid! Normally we're duking it out on these forums but I have to admit that this is a needed change. (I should know...I had to take the old test about twenty years ago. Now, as a history major I find this to be a positive change and a chance for our new immigrants to have a broader understanding of this great nation's past.)
You'll find that I'm actually all over the place in my opinions on immigration, politics, economics, and pretty much everything.

And as a graduate in history (what coincidence!) I too appreciate the greater sense of historical significance that this new test will emphasize.
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