- The German citizenship test consists of 33 multiple-choice questions
- 17 of these 33 questions must be answered correctly to pass
- Test questions are based on German rules, laws, society and living
Each year, many people living in Germany as migrants, choose to become citizens. One of the steps to becoming a German citizen is passing the German citizenship test. Read on to find out more.
One in every 4 German residents is a migrant. In 2017, roughly 19.3 million people in Germany had a migrant background. This means that at least one of their parents was not born as a German citizen. Of the 19.3 million people, 14% had roots in Turkey, 11% were from Poland and 7% were from Russia.
Why Becomes a German Citizen?
There are a few benefits that aren’t applicable to permanent residents but are applicable only to citizens. Some of these opportunities include:
- The right to apply for any job in Germany
- The right to vote
- The right to move freely
- The right to consular protection
- The right to become a civil servant
How to Become a German Citizen?
German citizenship can be attained by naturalization, by being born on German soil or by being born to German citizens. To be eligible for citizenship by naturalization, the applicant must:
- Have lived in Germany with a residence permit for at least 8 years
- Have lived in Germany with a residence permit for at least 7 years and have attended an integration course
- Be proficient in German to at least B1 level
- Be able to support himself/ herself and his/her family financially
- Have a clean criminal record
- Be a law-abiding citizen
- Pass a citizenship test
- Must renounce any earlier citizenship
German Citizenship Test
The German citizenship test is a one-hour written test that consists of 33 multiple-choice questions. The questions on this test are based on German society, laws, rules and living. At least 17 questions must be answered correctly to pass the test. The only people exempted from this test are:
- Individuals under the age of 16 years
- Individuals who cannot take the test because of an illness, disability or old age
- Individuals with a degree in higher education from a German university in law, politics or social sciences
German Citizenship Test – Sample Questions and Answers
Here’s a sample of the type of questions you may expect:
Q1. Which country shares a border with Germany?
Correct Answer: Switzerland
Q2. German citizens can openly criticize the government because
- They have religious freedom
- They have the right to vote
- They pay taxes
- They have freedom of speech
Correct Answer: Freedom of Speech
Q3. In Germany, parents of a child can decide whether or not their child attends ——— classes in school until his/her 14th birthday.
Correct Answer: Religious Classes
Q4. What is the German constitution called?
- The People’s Law
- The German Law
- The Federal Law
- The Basic Law
Correct Answer: The Basic Law
Q5. What is meant by the right to freedom of movement in Germany?
- Individuals can choose where they want to live
- Individuals can convert to another religion
- Individuals can switch jobs
- Individuals can walk around in public
Correct Answer: Individuals can choose where they want to live.
Q6. The Federal Republic of Germany has ———
- 12 districts.
- An East and a West state.
- 16 federal states.
- 16 free states.
Correct Answer: 16 Federal States
Q7. The Federal Republic of Germany is one of the founding members of
- The European Union
- The United Nations
- The Warsaw Pact
Correct Answer: The European Union
Q8. The first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany was ———
- Konrad Adenauer
- Helmut Schmidt
- Kurt Georg Kiesinger
- Willy Brandt
Correct Answer: Konrad Adenauer
Q9. What was German currency known as until 2002?
- Deutsche Mark
- Deutsches Geld
Correct Answer: Deutsche Mark
Q10. A social market economy refers to an economy that is ———
- Based solely on demand and supply.
- Based on foreign demand.
- Planned and controlled by the state.
- Based on demand and supply, but the state maintains a degree of equality.
Correct Answer: Based on demand and supply, but the state maintains a degree of equality.
On clearing the German citizenship test the individual is given a Naturalization Test Certificate. A copy of this certificate may then be sent to the Naturalization Office where the application was first sent. It is important not to send the original document.
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