Australia isn’t the first country to have adopted a citizenship test. And judging by the details released so far, ours is likely to be far from the most onerous.

In the US they have ten questions which the US Immigration Service believes should be answered with passion. Here are some Americans who tried it.

The Dutch have a whopper of a test which is accompanied by their famous citizenship video to guard against the possible weakening of their liberal views on nudity and homos-xuality.

The Germans look like they’re going the whole nine yards with a hundred-question quiz most uni students couldn’t answer. You can try it out here.

The UK has a language and culture test requirement depending on the level of English (test it out here).

The Canadians also have a citizenship test which aims to assess an applicant’s English/French proficiency as well as social/cultural knowledge. Have a go.

From this blog, it appears Japan has a language test which, like most nations’ exams, is a bureaucratic nightmare to sort through.

Do these tests create more effective/interactive immigrants? Was there really a problem with the past system? What happens if you fail?

All relevant questions — but ones you probably won’t find on the test, no matter which country.

Peter Fray

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