Taking the naturalization test is a critical step toward citizenship. If you have a disability, you might have worries about whether aspects of the test will meet your needs.
Regardless of your medical condition, it is your right to seek citizenship. Accommodation during testing may improve your comfort so you can have the best chance of passing.
Types of accommodations
The type of accommodation you will need depends on your condition. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, testing accommodations could include the following:
- Off-site examination with a testing proctor
- A legal guardian or representative present at the examination
- Extended examination time
- Allowance of non-verbal communication
You can contact your local testing center to see which accommodation they have available. With this information, you can determine the best way to proceed.
Expecting test accommodations when you arrive is an unrealistic expectation unless you have previously made arrangements. Prior to your testing date, communicate with officials at the testing location to verify the availability of any accommodation.
Take practice tests and ask your family and friends to assist you in preparing. Look for ways to improve your understanding of testing topics. Your effort to prepare and practice can make a considerable difference in your confidence and ability to successfully pass the naturalization test.
A disability does not have to be the reason you dismiss your dream of gaining citizenship. Collaborating with the right people who will advocate for you can help you have the most positive and successful testing experience.