The Australian citizenship test is a key element in the citizenship application for Australia. Once the citizenship application has been sent OT the Citizenship and immigration offices it will start the review process. It usually takes around 5 to 8 months for the lodge to be reviewed, after which the applicant will receive a letter inviting him to sit for the citizenship test.
The test is 20 questions long with a 75% passing score. The study material for the test can be ordered at any time from the offices web page and is totally free. The resource book is called “Australian citizenship: our common Bond” and it includes all the knowledge necessary to pass the citizenship test.
The test can be taken as many times as necessary for the candidate to get passing score. Retakes are usually on the spot depending on the PC availability at the test center. Bare in mind that as much time the applicant spends to get the passing score the more time the application will delay approval.
Which is the best way to get prepared for the test?
The very first thing to do is to get familiarized with the content in the study guide. For most immigrants the majority of the content in the Australian citizenship guide will be rather new. Try to read the guide more than two times to get a grasp on what the test will look like. It is important you use this opportunity to introduce yourself to the content. Don’t leave the study for last minute. The test is based on knowledge that need to be memorized, last minute study wont make the trick.
The next thing to do is to build you notes out of the test material. With this you are fixing the test content in your mind making it easier to access when the test comes. By making notes and writing the material you move the content from your short period memory to the long term memory in your brain.
Third come the practice. Allow me to say that this is the most important point in the study process. The test is multiple choice based so by practicing you get familiar with the test format. Multiple choice tests are easily beaten by having tons of practice. With this method you accomplish two things, you go through the whole content and you reduce the chances of having new questions at the real test. This closes the loop for memorization. So get as many sample questions as you can find and mock tests.
Fourth take the test to your every day life. Why? Simple, is easier to access knowledge stored in you mind if it is linked to a n experience or situation. Ask your family test questions, bug your coworkers. Soon enough you will realize how little citizens know about Australian culture.
And last. Make sure you have proper rest before the test. There is no point of studying last minutes. The knowledge stored in the short term memory due to last minute study wont last long. Also make sure you you have a good breakfast full of fiber and glucose to fuel your brain and body for the test.
Remember you will have 45 minutes to complete the test. If you pass you will be invited to the citizenship ceremony where you will have to perform the oath of commitment to the Australian country at the earliest convenience. Good luck to you all in your Australian citizenship test!