The process of immigrating to Canada will always have the same end goal for all permanent residency applicants, becoming a Canadian citizen. You have to become a permanent resident of Canada before you can take the test to become a true Canadian. The added benefits of citizenship include being able to apply to jobs previously reserved only for Canadian citizens, the right to vote and best of all, your Canadian passport.
So whether you are getting ready to take the citizenship test or are already thinking about your long term plan to take it (nothing wrong with that, in fact we love it) here are a few helpful tips to help you prepare for one of the most fun and important tests of your life.
5 Tips To Ace Your Canadian Citizenship Test
1. Always Be Curious
This tip is more for those of you who are still some time away from your Canadian citizenship test, but think of it as a positive reimagining of that boring old tip; study ahead of the time so you don’t have to cram. When it comes to Canadian history, culture, the Government and politics, always ask questions of your fellow Canadians. If you come across something interesting on the internet, don’t be afraid to deep dive down the rabbit hole and read up on anything and everything Canadian, the more you know, the less you have to force yourself to remember. Just remember to make sure you are reading from trusted sources.
2. Take a class
There are always citizenship classes available that you can sign up for. Learning in a classroom environment is proven to be very effective. When you want to be there, your attention is peaked, there is discussion around important and relevant topics and you will retain information much better than by casually reading it yourself.
3. Read the official study guide
The book Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship is the only official Canadian citizenship study guide, the book is available online, to download in pdf format and even in audio format. Every question you could be asked and the answers are available in this guide. Make this guide your nightly reading material before bed.
4. Do Practice Tests
You will be able to find numerous practice tests online. Don’t use them as a shortcut to study. Start taking them only once you are confident in your ability to pass and without any materials to help you out, that way when you pass them unaided, you will be confident enough to ace the real deal. Here are three resources for good practice tests:
- Richmond Public Library Citizenship Practice Test
- Citizenship Support Simulation Test
- Citizenship Counts Online Quiz
5. Have a study buddy
If you are taking the test with friends, family or a partner, don’t go it alone. Have regular review classes where you can quiz each other and discuss topics that you may not understand altogether. Think of it as a free class!
How We Can Help You
Taking the Canadian citizenship test is the final step in your immigration journey, and while it may seem the most exciting there are a lot of steps before that are equally important, such as your permanent residency status. Before you can apply for permanent residency, you need to know which immigration programs (there are over 100) you are eligible for, and you need to apply to those programs, that is where we come in.
By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only improve your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the ICCRC to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms and submit them to the Canadian government for you. Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late.