Study: Only 1-in-4 Americans could pass U.S. citizenship exam


According to a recent survey, only four in 10 Americans could pass the U.S. citizenship exam.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation conducted a survey to see what percentage of U.S. states could pass the U.S. Citizenship Test.

The survey found only 15 percent of American adults could correctly note the year the U.S. Constitution was written and only 25 percent knew how many amendments there are to the U.S. Constitution. Further, 25 percent did not know that freedom of speech was guaranteed under the First Amendment, and 57 percent did not know that Woodrow Wilson was the commander in chief during World War I.

According to the study, about 43% of individuals from Illinois could pass the citizenship test.

Among all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Vermonters were the sole group able to pass the multiple-choice test. Even more disturbing, only 27 percent of those under the age of 45 nationally were able to demonstrate a basic understanding of American history. Nationally, only four in 10 Americans passed the exam.

Lousiana fared the worst (28%); West Virginia was tied with South Carolina in the study and the only states to finish lower were Georgia (33%), Mississippi (31%), Alabama (31%), Arkansas (30%) and Kentucky (29%).

Of the 43% to pass the citizenship test in Illinois, 3% scored an A, 9% scored a B, 16% scored a C and 15% scored a D.

Many states fared poorly in this study, with only first-placed Vermont showing that a majority of their citizens (53%) passed the citizenship test.

On a national level, only four in 10 Americans passed the exam.

For more information on this study, and to see if you could pass the test click here.

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