Becoming a Canadian citizen is a huge part of integrating into Canadian society. Even if you’ve skated the Rideau canal a thousand times and eaten so much poutine that the thought of gravy, cheese, and fries all together makes you sick to your stomach, you still need to take the citizenship test and fill in all your papers to formally become a Canadian citizen.
The Canadian citizenship test is so ridiculously intense that a lot of the questions are things that most Canadians who were born in the country would never know the answer to. Be that as it may, if you want to become a citizen of the true north strong and free, you are going to have to study hard so that you can ace the citizenship test and have your request for citizenship approved. So, how do you go about studying for this impossible sounding test?
First, you need to find out what kind of questions the test is going to ask. Some of the questions are very broad ones about Canada as a country, whereas others are very specific questions about places like Toronto, Ontario, which is Canada’s biggest city (though, surprisingly enough, not Canada’s capital – that’s Ottawa, Ontario). You are going to have to know all sorts of facts that, while ultimately probably pretty useless to your everyday life as a future Canadian, are going to be absolutely essential to passing the test.
First, to find out about the Canadian tests, you are going to have to get acquainted with the most recent edition of the official guidebook. The current study guide, “Discover Canada”, is easy to access and not too expensive to buy. Then, you are going to want to spend a lot of time reading up and studying to make sure that you know all of what you will need to answer on the test. Then, it’s a good idea to take some practice quizzes to see if you can really answer all the questions as well as you think you can. Plenty of independent websites offer practice editions of the tests based on the most recent material that will help you get a grasp of what you need to know to pass the Canadian citizenship test.
If you can go through the ten different practice tests online and answer all twenty-five of their questions correctly, you are probably all set to go write! Make sure that you use other methods to study as well, though, because it’s always good to diversify the way in which you learn things so that you can keep them in your mind better. That way, you will be a lot less likely to forget something partway through your test and totally mess up a question.
Most of all, just don’t panic when you’re going through the process of studying. Although the bureaucracy can be ridiculous, Canada is a welcoming country, and we look forward to having you as a true citizen soon. You’ll do just fine!