Arizona high school students will have to pass the same test that immigrants must take to obtain citizenship before they graduate under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Doug Ducey (R).

The first-of-its-kind law will require students to take the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization civics test, a set of 100 basic questions on U.S. government and history. Students will have to get 60 of the 100 questions correct in order to graduate.

The measure passed the state House and Senate in a single day. It’s one of the first measures Ducey, inaugurated earlier this week, signed into law.

Arizona is just the first state to require citizenship tests for high school students. The Civics Education Initiative is pursuing similar legislation in dozens of states, with the goal of mandating the test in all 50 states by Sept. 17, 2017 — the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. In Arizona, CEI’s effort was spearheaded by former senators Dennis DeConcini (D) and Jon Kyl (R).

In total, 18 states are likely to consider civics test requirements this year. North Dakota legislators this week advanced their own version through a state House committee.

The group backing the citizenship tests cite woefully low civics knowledge among most Americans. A 2011 survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found just 15 percent of Americans could correctly identify the chief justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, while 27 percent knew Randy Jackson was a judge on “American Idol.” Only 13 percent knew the U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787. And just 38 percent were able to name all three branches of government.

How would you do? The test is pretty easy — we pulled out 10 of the more difficult questions. Test yourself here:


How many amendments does the U.S. Constitution have?



If both the President and the Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?

The Secretary of the Treasury
The Secretary of State
The President Pro Tempore of the Senate
The Speaker of the House


Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?

To provide schooling and education
To issue driver's licenses
To make treaties
To build roads


Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the states. What is one power of the states?

To approve zoning and land use
To print money
To declare war
To create an army


Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

Benjamin Franklin
John Jay
Thomas Jefferson
John Adams


Who was president during World War I?

Theodore Roosevelt
Woodrow Wilson
Calvin Coolidge
Warren Harding


Which of these groups of states were all members of the 13 original colonies? (Ed. note: This isn't quite the way the test asks the question, but it works)

New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland
New York, Maine, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia
Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Georgia, New Jersey
Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina


Who is the Chief Justice of the United States?

John Roberts
Sonia Sotomayor
Antonin Scalia
Samuel Alito


How long is a U.S. Senator's term?

2 years
4 years
6 years
8 years


Which of these are the three branches of government?

The House, the Senate and the Presidency
The federal government, state governments, local governments
The legislative, the executive and the judiciary
The Supreme Court, the White House and the Pentagon

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