Review of the Australian Citizenship Test

The Australian citizenship test is a fundamental part of the citizenship aplication in Australia. The whole process starts with the citizenship form. The applicant needs to gather all the paperwork necessary to start the process. Between those documents there need to be copies of the residency paperwork, proof of identity and good character. The DIAC (Department of Citizenship and Immigration for Australia) Will review the paperwork and in about 5 months possibly approve it.

When this happens the applicant is summoned to sit for the citizenship test in the closest DIAC center available for that purposed.

The citizenship test consist in 20 multiple choice/True or False questions with a 75% passing score (15 correct answers). The test is computer based so the result is immediate after the candidate has completed it. Each test take is of 40 minutes after which the test calculates the score on its own, sound alarms are available to make the applicant aware of the remaining time. The test is based on a 200 question pool from the resource book “Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond” released by the DIAC. Both the test and the resource book have no cost, the book can be ordered manuscript or be downloaded from the DIAC web page. We strongly recommend to start familiarizing with the testable content as soon as possible. The time frame between the test summoning and the test date is usually of one week, which doesn’t leave enough for study.

The test can be taken as many times the candidate needs to get the passing score. Here is no limit of times for this nor time. However the possibility of on the spot retakes will be tied to the center availability. You can always schedule a new appointment if needed. The majority of the applicants tend to pass the test in the second retry.

The testable content from the resource book goes from chapter one to chapter three, In those three chapters you will find historic reviews from Australia, a complete governmental structure explanation with the scope of each power and how they are elected. There is also a chapter dedicated to the electoral system and the responsibilities, obligations and benefits of the Australian citizens. There is also a brief explanation of the Australian symbols and the provinces and their capitals.

The citizenship test is not an impossible task at all. Since it is multiple choice based it is highly recommendable for the candidate to get familiar with these type of test methods. Practice is the best study resource you could get on regards the citizenship test.

After the test is passed the candidate will be invited to the Oath Ceremony where the Pledge of Commitment will be sworn ending the citizenship process. The citizenship credentials will be delivered to the participants at the ceremony with a welcome package that includes a passport process form. The actual date of citizenship is the day of the Pledge for future reference. After that date you can call yourself a fully right Australian!


  • Yanin Stus September 24, 2010 at 11:38 am

    What is the test about? is there a simple guide for me to get an idea on what the test is really about?

  • Sunny September 26, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Great Material! I think the test is not an impossible task as the author states. Really is just a matter of being prepared. That is all.

  • Kiga Saden September 27, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Is there a number of times you have to get the test right?

  • TomasM September 29, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Great Information. Thanks a lot!

  • DenisMarkov October 1, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Great Review of the The test. i have a better idea now!

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