New rules enforce that an applicant has to score 75% to clear the Citizenship test, which was 60% before.
How different is the New Test from the Old One?
The Test is based on bulk knowledge of Canada’s History, culture, law and politics. The earlier test was simpler and the guide book “Discover Canada” was thinner than the one which is published now.
The old and new test, both have 20 multiple choice type questions which need to be solved in 30 minute time. The test is available in English or French.
The failure rates
Earlier the failure rates in “Citizenship Test” were 4 to 8%, whereas now it has gone up to 30% which is a record in the history.
And this is merely because questions placed are tougher than before.
Looking at the failure rates, the Department had to revise the rules so that backlogs do not pile up. The effort has reduced the failure rate by 10%, overall making it a 20% fail, which is still a very high figure in history.
An Official at Mississauga says, “This is the highest number of fails I have seen in my time here with CIC doing the test.”
The impact of failures
Officials are shocked at all the testing centers across the nation.
A Toronto based official said, “I could not believe is the highest fail rate ever seen here.”
A report reveals that one out four people have failed the New Citizenship test.
The decision has been taken that those who have failed the test will be allowed to write the test again.
What can you expect after failing the test?
Those who fail the test will be receiving a notice form the CIC o paper for an interview with a citizenship judge, who will take a decision on the fate of applicants.
Here you have to demonstrate that you meet the residency requirements and to prove that you might have to show multiple documents related to taxes, bank statements etc.
You will also have to prove that physically you have been present in Canada for at least a period of 3 years or 1095 days, in the four years prior to applying.
You can expect a supportive gesture from the judge but you have to be well prepared with all the required documents.