Decoding the Australian Citizenship Test and Interview: Preparation Tips

Published on June 6, 2024

Decoding the Australian Citizenship Test and Interview: Preparation Tips

Decoding the Australian Citizenship Test and Interview: Preparation Tips


For most applicants aged 18 to 59 years seeking Australian citizenship by conferral, the process includes sitting a citizenship test. Others may only need to attend an interview. The test and interview assess English language skills and knowledge about Australia and Australian citizenship.

Citizenship Test Details

The citizenship test assesses:

  • Basic knowledge of English
  • Understanding of Australian citizenship
  • Knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship
  • Understanding and commitment to Australian values (freedom, respect, and equality)
This article will provide you with tips on how to prepare for the Australian citizenship test and interview.

Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond

Test Requirements:

  • Answer 20 multiple-choice questions
  • Correctly answer all 5 Australian values questions
  • Score at least 75% overall

There is no additional cost for the test; it is included in the citizenship application fee.

Eligibility for the Test

Who Needs to Sit the Test:

  • Applicants aged 18 to 59 years on the day the Department receives their application

Who Is Exempt from the Test:

  • Applicants aged 17 years or younger
  • Applicants aged 60 years or older
  • Children of former Australian citizens who lost their citizenship under specific circumstances
  • Individuals born in Papua before 16 September 1975 to an Australian citizen born in Australia
  • Stateless individuals born in Australia
  • Applicants unable to sit the test due to incapacity or impairment

Applicants exempt from the test may be required to attend an interview to confirm their identity and discuss their application.

Appointment Details

  • Appointment details (date, time, location) will be sent via letter
  • Appointments held at departmental offices in Australian capital cities and some Services Australia (Centrelink) offices
  • For applicants applying from outside Australia, tests are scheduled upon return; exceptional cases may test at an Australian Embassy or Consulate

What to Bring to Your Appointment

  • Photo ID (e.g., Australian driver licence, passport, Australian-issued proof of age card)
  • Any additional documents requested by the Department
  • Ensure all documents are attached to your application in ImmiAccount and update any changes (e.g., address, name)

At Your Appointment

  • Arrive on time
  • Activities at the test centre:
  • Discussion of your citizenship application
  • Confirmation of identity and eligibility
  • Taking your photo
  • Completing the test on a computer or tablet device
  • Immediate display of test results upon completion

Support During the Test

  • Assistance not allowed; inform the Department if you need help with reading the screen or using the equipment
  • Assisted Test available (90 minutes to complete) for those who require it

Citizenship Test Rules

  • Turn off and put away mobile phones
  • No talking to others
  • No use of materials for assistance
  • Complete the test within 45 minutes (or 90 minutes for Assisted Test)
  • Raise your hand if help is needed
  • Failure to follow rules may result in being asked to leave without completing the test

After the Test

If You Pass:

  • Application processing continues
  • Notification if more information is needed or when a decision is made
  • Invitation to attend a citizenship ceremony if approved

If You Fail:

  • Retake the test at no extra cost
  • New appointment will be scheduled
  • After three unsuccessful attempts, application may be refused

Citizenship Interview

Applicants who do not need to sit the test may have an interview. At the interview, the Department will confirm your identity and discuss your application. If approved, you will receive an invitation to attend a citizenship ceremony. Your citizenship certificate will be sent by registered post if no ceremony is required.

How to Preparing for the Test

The Department of Home Affairs does not endorse or recommend any external courses or paid applications for test preparation, except for the following:

Regular Practice

  • Engage in consistent practice tests to build confidence and familiarise yourself with the test format.
  • Identify areas requiring further attention through regular assessments.

Focus Areas

  • Concentrate on core topics: democratic values, national symbols, and citizen duties.
  • Enhance knowledge of Australian culture, current affairs, and history.
  • Stay informed about news, cultural events, and historical milestones.

Study Materials

  • Utilise online resources, practice quizzes, and study guides.
  • Improve English proficiency through courses or conversation practice for non-native speakers.

Practice Conditions

  • Time your practice tests to develop practical time management skills.
  • Review mistakes thoroughly to understand correct answers and reasoning.
  • Consider joining study groups for collaborative learning and support.

Stay Updated

  • Keep informed about changes in immigration policies or test content via government websites, official announcements or Kris Ahn Lawyers website.
  • Attend citizenship test information sessions, workshops, or seminars for insights and guidance.

Setting Goals

  • Establish realistic study goals and milestones.
  • Break down study material into manageable sections and set achievable objectives.

Memory Techniques

  • Memory enhancement techniques like loci or mind maps can be used to organise and recall information effectively.

Motivation and Well-Being

  • Celebrate milestones to boost motivation and maintain a positive mindset.
  • Prioritise well-being: ensure adequate sleep, a balanced diet, and physical activity to support cognitive function.

Test Day Preparation

  • Familiarise yourself with the test centre location and procedures.
  • Maintain a composed and confident demeanour; use strategies like the process of elimination for challenging questions.

Additional Support

  • Contact migration lawyers or attend information sessions and workshops offered by educational institutions or community organisations for extra guidance and resources.

For more detailed information and resources, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

We also wrote an article about becoming an Australian citizen by conferral, detailing the specific eligibility criteria and processes involved: Navigating the Path to Australian Citizenship: A Comprehensive Guide for Permanent Residents

For more information on our services or to discuss your visa needs, please contact us at Kris Ahn Lawyers.

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