Last updated on November 30th, 2020
Passing the Australian citizenship test is the most important and sometimes a bit scary part of the journey of Australian citizenship. The Australian citizenship test is designed to test your knowledge about Australia’s history, her culture, her democratic values and your rights and responsibilities as an Australian citizen.
The citizenship test is in simple English. There are 20 multiple-choice questions which you need to answer in 45 minutes. You need to get 15 questions right i.e. 75% accuracy to pass the test.
Nothing makes it easy like practising it!
Unfortunately, the Department of Home Affairs provides only one set of 20 practice questions which is not enough. Hence, I decided to build a bunch of practice tests myself and make it available to you.
The Updated Citizenship Test Is Here
On Thursday 17th September 2020, on the occasion of Citizenship day, Acting Immigration minister Alan Trudge announced changes to the Australian citizenship test. This was a first update to the test after over a decade.
Here are the changes which you need to be aware of:
- The Our Common Bond booklet now has two versions:
- The updated booklet has a new section dedicated to the Australian values
- If you take the test on or after 15 November 2020,
- the test will contain 5 questions from Australian values section of the booklet and you must answer all of these questions correctly to pass.
- the overall passing score is still 75% which means out of the remaining 15 questions, you must answer at least 10 correctly.
- There is a new podcast which you can listen to if you are taking the test on or after 15 November 2020. The video series is yet to be updated to include the new section.
- There is a revised official practice test for those taking the test on or after 15 November 2020.
- There is no change to the residency or English language requirements for the updated test
To help you prepare for the updated test, I have added a new section-wise practice test on Australian values. You can find more details about it below.
Types of Citizenship Practice Tests
I have created two different types of practice tests:
- Complete practice test
- Section-wise practice tests
Citizenship Practice Test – Complete Version
The complete version of the citizenship practice test tries to match the Australian citizenship test as closely as possible.
Just like a real test, it is a multiple-choice test which needs to be completed in 45 minutes. You need to answer 15 questions correctly to pass. You can practice it as many times as you want.
The test fetches 20 random questions from the pool of over 250 unique questions each time you try it.
Section-wise Practice Tests
I have added another unique way to test your knowledge of a particular section from our common bond booklet. Since the updated booklet is divided into four sections, I decided to create a test for each of these sections. This way if you feel that you are weak in certain areas of the booklet, you can focus all your practice in that area.
There are four set of practice tests.
Practice test for Part 1 – Australia and its people
This practice test contains questions on the history of Australia as a British settlement, it’s Aboriginal culture, the geography of Australia and important traditions and symbols of Australia.
Practice test for Part 2 – Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights and liberties
This practice test focuses on the democratic values of Australia’s government system, freedom and equality offered by Australia to her people and the rights and responsibilities of an Australian citizen.
Practice test for Part 3 – Government and the law in Australia
The practice test for Part 3 focuses on the crucial and probably the most confusing part of the citizenship booklet. It contains questions about parliamentary system of Australia, arms of government, Australia’s leadership hierarchy, responsibilities of various levels of the governments and Australia’s judiciary system.
Practice test for Part 4 – Australian values
The practice test for Part 4 focuses on the new section of the citizenship booklet i.e. Australian values. This practice test will help you if you are taking the test on or after 15 November 2020.
It contains questions about Australian values such as supremity of the Australian law, freedom of speech, freedom of association and religion, equal opportunity to everyone, compassion and community spirit, the importance of the English language and loyalty to Australia.
As a heuristic which I derived from my own experience, you should consistently score 90% (i.e. 18/20) or more in your practice tests before you attempt the real citizenship test. I hope that these practice tests will boost your confidence and help you prepare for the real test.
I will keep updating these tests on a regular basis to keep them latest and useful. Your suggestions to improve the quality of questions or the format of the practice tests are always welcome.
Wish you all the best for your citizenship journey!