Reading Vocabulary for the Redesigned Naturalization Test

To test your ability to read in English, you must read one sentence, out of three sentences, in a manner suggesting to the USCIS officer that you understand the meaning of the sentence. The following words must be mastered to pass reading the test.


Abraham Lincoln, George Washington


American flag, Bill of Rights, capital, citizen, city, Congress, country, Father of Our Country, government, President, right, Senators, state/states, White House.


America, U.S., United States.


Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving.

Question Words

How, What, When, Where, Who, Why.


can, come, do/does, elects, have/has, is/are/was/be, lives/lived, meet, name, pay, vote, want.

Other (Function)

a, for, here, in, of, on, the, to, we.

Other (Content)

colors, dollar bill, first, largest, many, most, north, one, people, second, south.

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