If you are a newcomer to Canada but hope to eventually settle permanently, then you will need to take care of the Canadian citizenship test at some point.
This is a mandatory test for anyone between the ages of 18 and 54 wishing to become a Canadian citizen. And let’s just say it’s not just newcomers who might struggle.
Many of these questions go far beyond general knowledge – and they might even baffle a born-and-bred Canadian!
How many questions are asked on the Canadian citizenship test?
During this test, 20 questions are asked on the “rights and responsibilities of Canadians” as well as on certain characteristics of Canada, namely its history, its geography, its economy, its government, its laws and its symbols.
Candidates must answer at least 15 questions correctly to pass, which means they must score 75% or higher.
The test is usually conducted in English or French and lasts 30 minutes.
Is the Canadian citizenship test difficult?
The 20 questions asked are randomly generated from a large database, which makes each test unique. So, no, there are no hacks for this one, you’re just going to have to do your research!
As for whether the questions are difficult, well, it really depends on how familiar you are with the Great White North.
The fact that the majority of questions are multiple choice or true or false is a little easier.
How can I study for the Canadian citizenship test?
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) bases the test questions on the official study guide: Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.
So, you might want to dig deeper into this guide if you’re planning on taking the test anytime soon.
What questions are asked on the Canadian citizenship test?
IRCC does not offer any formal practice exams to the public, but there are sample questions you can review.
Here are some examples of citizenship test questions:
So what are the three responsibilities of citizenship?
As this is a multiple choice question, you will get options such as:
a. Being loyal to Canada, recycling newspapers, serving in the navy, army or air force.
b. Obey the law, take responsibility for yourself and your family, serve on a jury.
vs. Learn both official languages, vote in elections, belong to a union.
D. Buy Canadian products, own your own business, use less water.
Not sure what the correct answer is? Well, it could be a sign that the test is difficult for you!
For what it’s worth, in this case the answer is b.
What is the meaning of the Remembrance Day poppy?
If your answer is “to honor deceased Prime Ministers” or “to remember Queen Elizabeth II”, you would be wrong.
The correct answer is “to remember the sacrifice of Canadians who have served or died in wars down to the present day”.
How are MPs chosen?
When testing, you will likely have options such as “they are appointed by the United Nations” or “they are chosen by the provincial premiers”.
But the correct answer is “they are elected by the voters of their local constituency”.
Who was Sir Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine?
Never heard that name before? Well, you have to at least familiarize yourself with it if you want to get the right answer!
La Fontaine was the first premier of the United Province of Canada and one of the architects of responsible government in Canada.
What are the two key documents that contain our rights and freedoms?
Landing one might be easy, but you need two to land this one. The correct answer is, The Constitution of Canada and The Canadian Charter of Rights!
Did you manage to get all of the above correctly? If so, you are off to a good start!
Then you will need to get a minimum of 10 more questions to pass.
Here’s a rundown of other questions that might surprise even a Canadian born and bred:
- What is the highest honor Canadians can receive?
- Who were the founding peoples of Canada?
- Which provinces are sometimes called the Atlantic provinces
- Who is your MP?
- What did the Canadian Pacific Railway symbolize?
- What does Confederation mean?
- Name two Canadian symbols.
- What is the role of the courts in Canada?
- What does the word Inuit mean?
- What is the significance of the discovery of insulin by Sir Frederick Banting and Charles Best?
Do you think you will pass this test if you had to take it now? The Citizenship Challenge, which is an abbreviated version of the test, was created so you can see how knowledgeable you are!
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