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Offline HollyStar

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Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« on: July 04, 2009, 08:29:53 PM »
I saw this on the MSN homepage. Check the link out and hopefully most of you did better than I did. I didn't score the 80% required to pass, LOL.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25461301/?GT1=43001
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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2009, 09:32:02 PM »
no i got a 50% and i was born here. pathetic.
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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2009, 10:06:29 PM »
A client once gave me a toll free phone number to the INS and asked I call to see how long it takes to get an agent to the phone.  I failed at that.   ;D  Have the best day
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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2009, 10:58:31 PM »
SHit I took it got 70%!!  embrassing as hell.  I thought Susan B. Anthny made the flag.

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2009, 11:20:50 PM »
100% 

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Offline Robert

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2009, 12:51:37 AM »
rats..

i missed one.....the date the constitution was written

next time I'll remember.
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Offline elf

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2009, 01:40:07 AM »
I got 50 %
not bad
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Offline Luke

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2009, 04:15:00 AM »
You answered 90% of questions correctly

Welcome to the United States! (And, truth be told, you know more about this great land than most Americans.)

I thought James Madison drafted the Declaration of Independence. Ah well.

Offline anniebc

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2009, 04:26:53 AM »
Bugger...I didn't want to live there anyway.. ;D

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2009, 06:02:16 AM »
Got 100% - but I have to admit I had to guess who the current Chief Justice is, but hey, I've not lived in the country for over 18 years. ;D
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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2009, 11:36:06 AM »
I only got 55%.  Damn, how embarrasing.  History is not my strongest subject, obviously.
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Offline HollyStar

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2009, 02:06:40 PM »
Ya, I only scored 60%. TERRIBLE! I suppose a history class at the Community College could'nt hurt, lol.
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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2009, 02:44:39 PM »
I scored 85 percent, and the mistakes I made were really stupid ones.

I misread the war question and chose FDR, chose the wrong John for Supreme Court Justice (I knew it was one of them, but I had to guess cause I am not as up on things as I should be), and I completely goofed on the term of our senators.

Most embarrassing.

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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2009, 04:04:37 PM »
You answered 90% of questions correctly

Welcome to the United States! (And, truth be told, you know more about this great land than most Americans.)

I thought James Madison drafted the Declaration of Independence. Ah well.

Wow, I'm impressed! It never ceases to amaze me how much non-Americans know about the United States. There is no way I could pass a test on British history.

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2009, 05:11:25 PM »
Woo Hoo....   I get to stay!! 

95% -- I went against my initial thought of 27 and picked 23 for the number of Amendments to the Constitution.....   of course, it was 27!!

Oh well, at least I don't have to return all my Army medals now!!

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Offline fearless

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2009, 08:12:44 PM »
Wow, I'm impressed! It never ceases to amaze me how much non-Americans know about the United States. There is no way I could pass a test on British history.

Yay. Open the doors, i got 80%.
I've never studied any American history but knew a lot of answers cinema/tv and coverage of US elections and politics on the news.

Ford, it's because US culture is so pervasive and American politics affects all of us, which is fair enough.  What we do down here is of little relevance to the rest of the world, whereas decisions/policy taken in the US can and do have an effect us.

Test your Aussie knowledge here - i got 80% here too. i had no idea who some of these people are. lol. also shows how weird we are when you need to have a knowledge of sport to pass the test.  :-\
http://www.australiancitizenshiptest.net/?p=sample_test
« Last Edit: July 05, 2009, 08:25:10 PM by fearless »
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Offline HollyStar

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2009, 10:34:47 PM »
Needless to say, I failed the Austrailian citizenship test. Dismal, I tell you! Sad really, as I do like history but mostly ancient history. Back to the books I should go! :-[
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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2009, 01:48:15 AM »
USA = 100%   :D

AUS = 30%     :-[

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Offline Luke

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2009, 03:29:28 AM »
I got 95% on the Australian test. That would have been 90% if I hadn't resisted the great mischievous temptation to say that a dead racehorse, born in New Zealand, had lit the flame at the Sydney Olympics ;)

The one I got wrong was the one about pride in the convict past - and a few of the ones I got right were based on what the answer couldn't be, rather than actually knowing what the right answer was.

This is the BBC's interpretation of the sort of questions you would be likely to be faced with on the British citizenship test (but it was compiled before the test was even introduced, so I can't vouch for how accurate it would be): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4099770.stm  I got all the questions right; but I have to confess to having taken an educated guess on a few of the ones which rely less on facts than just having read the booklet you are expected to read in preparation for the test.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2009, 05:47:51 AM by Luke »

Offline RapidRod

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2009, 04:52:10 PM »
Got 100%

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #20 on: July 07, 2009, 01:59:35 AM »
I got 95% on the Australian test. That would have been 90% if I hadn't resisted the great mischievous temptation to say that a dead racehorse, born in New Zealand, had lit the flame at the Sydney Olympics ;)

The one I got wrong was the one about pride in the convict past - and a few of the ones I got right were based on what the answer couldn't be, rather than actually knowing what the right answer was.

This is the BBC's interpretation of the sort of questions you would be likely to be faced with on the British citizenship test (but it was compiled before the test was even introduced, so I can't vouch for how accurate it would be): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4099770.stm  I got all the questions right; but I have to confess to having taken an educated guess on a few of the ones which rely less on facts than just having read the booklet you are expected to read in preparation for the test.

I got 100% on the UK test but number 14 the last question was a guess ... they all sounded good.  :D
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Offline carousel

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #21 on: July 07, 2009, 04:50:42 AM »
Terrible.  I know bugger all, especially about Australia and didn't fare much better in the British test.

I was sure that Father Christmas was from Lapland.

Offline Luke

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2009, 05:16:51 AM »
... they all sounded good.  :D

I was sure that Father Christmas was from Lapland.

Which is exactly my point. It is about having read what you are supposed to read in preparation for the test. All answers on 14 were reasonable and most Brits would probably answer Lapland (but the clue to the fact that the answer wouldn't be that is the dubious origin given to the Father Christmas myth).

Offline aztecan

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2009, 10:31:25 AM »
Hmmm,

I scored 50 on the Australian test.  Maybe I can sneak in through Perth? ::)
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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #24 on: July 07, 2009, 11:07:47 AM »
When I was around 25, Nixon was in the White House and Reagan was the Governor.  When asked what a bug was in English class in Madrid, Juan raised his hand and said "watergate".  When I left Spain, I was movin on to Austrailia.

I wrote to the Austrailian Consulate office in San Francisco.  Theyt sent an application, my immigration to Austrailia was not approved because of lack of skills.  You know, honestly speaking, I was pretty hot at 25 but 58 with AIDS and no skills...   ;D  Have the best day
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« Reply #25 on: July 07, 2009, 01:43:51 PM »
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #26 on: July 07, 2009, 02:59:02 PM »
I got 9/14 on the UK test.

35% on the Australia test, which was the statistical percentage of guessing because that is what I did!

Offline fearless

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« Reply #27 on: July 07, 2009, 07:33:14 PM »
I managed to get 10 on the British test, but was lucky with a couple of guesses.

I'm voting Luke as the Aidsmeds Brainiac - have you studied history or are you just well read? I reckon that 90% of the Australian population wouldn't have a clue who Burnet, Cornforth and Eccles were, and while I can appreciate that you may know of Phar Lap, to know he was born in NZ requires a bit of knowledge.
« Last Edit: July 07, 2009, 07:34:54 PM by fearless »
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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #28 on: July 07, 2009, 07:47:36 PM »
Not only did I fail the US test but I failed the Aussie one as well...and I lived there for 20 years..bugger, thought about going back to the UK but I would probably fail that test as well.

BTW Steve..I knew Phar Lap was born in NZ..it was the only bloody thing I knew.. ;D
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« Reply #29 on: July 07, 2009, 09:00:03 PM »
i gave up on the Austrailan test.  I think i got the first few questions but then i found i was just guessing.  no point in  that.

i got 8 right on the British test.  If I go there next year, I better brush up on my rights when i'm arrested for spilling my beer on little steve

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Offline anniebc

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« Reply #30 on: July 07, 2009, 10:31:19 PM »
Well that settles it...I took the UK test and it looks like I'll be staying on my little farm here in NZ,...apart from the fact I'm probably the dumbest one here I don't think I could leave my babies anyway.. ;)

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« Reply #31 on: July 07, 2009, 10:35:10 PM »
If I go there next year, I better brush up on my rights when i'm arrested for spilling my beer on little steve

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #32 on: July 07, 2009, 10:41:18 PM »
it's those damned pint glasses roberto, they are so hard to hold, especially the third and fourth ones.

After the 3rd or 4th you have to order them in a glass pot with a handle..a little easier to hold onto and the more experienced among you won't lose a drop of beer as you stagger round the pub... ;)

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #33 on: July 08, 2009, 01:48:23 AM »
I got 11 right on the UK test, but I guessed on several of them.

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Re: Could you pass the latest citizenship test? (U.S.)
« Reply #34 on: July 08, 2009, 04:00:43 AM »
I'm voting Luke as the Aidsmeds Brainiac - have you studied history or are you just well read? I reckon that 90% of the Australian population wouldn't have a clue who Burnet, Cornforth and Eccles were, and while I can appreciate that you may know of Phar Lap, to know he was born in NZ requires a bit of knowledge

Well I am a history and geography buff, and I do have a rather unhealthy obsession with Australian films (hence the Phar Lap thing ... the younger Tom Burlinson: PWOAR!); but, in common with most migrants who sit the test, I have also read http://www.citizenship.gov.au/test/resource-booklet/citz-booklet-full-ver.pdf - which is the booklet you are expected to read in preparation for your Australian citizenship test and which actually tells you all the answers - and I am guessing that most Australians wouldn't ever have had cause to read that and therefore wouldn't have been primed for the test. I read it earlier in the year when I was considering a job offer in Canberra   ;)

How could this be? Phar Lap born in New Zealand. How he become Australian? F'ing horse pass this test?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb4LoTG3C8E  ;D

The Australian test is much like the British test. It isn't about knowing facts - it is about remembering what you have been told to remember, irrespective of how flawed that information could be.
« Last Edit: July 08, 2009, 08:23:09 AM by Luke »

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« Reply #35 on: July 08, 2009, 08:31:46 AM »
I scored 85 percent, and the mistakes I made were really stupid ones.

I misread the war question and chose FDR,

Mark,

  I swear when I first saw that question I saw a II behind war.  Then when I finished and got my results it suddenly changed to War I.   Brain fog?
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« Reply #36 on: July 08, 2009, 11:27:06 PM »
I read it earlier in the year when I was considering a job offer in Canberra   ;)


You've obviously never been to Canberra.  :D

oh, and if you get a chance try to see the Australian film, Beautiful http://www.thebeautifulmovie.com/. It will never receive great critical acclaim but I didn't mind it - and a mate of mine composed the score.
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« Reply #37 on: July 09, 2009, 03:34:32 AM »
You've obviously never been to Canberra.  :D

Or maybe the trip to Canberra was enough to convince me that it wasn't even an option .. or certainly wasn't an option when it was combined with the fact that, whilst the Australian authorities (who I am sure you have guessed would have been my employers in Canberra) were willing to jump through hoops with regards to my HIV-status, I'd have to live there alone for most of the first year, and become a citizen, before we would be able to get around the diametrically opposed view they took of my boyfriend's HIV status.

I shall look out for Beautiful at the next annual London Australian Film Festival. The spooky music in the trailer is very promising. Thanks for the tip  :-*
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