Those on the road to become naturalized citizens of the United States must pass a civics test. Could you do the same?

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the naturalization test includes topics on U.S. history and government. And while there are 100 questions on the test, applicants are only asked 10 during their naturalization interview. In order to pass, six of the 10 questions must be answered correctly.

The national pass rate is above 90 percent, according to the USCIS, with more than 5 million naturalization tests administered between 2009 and 2016.

So while we know those studying to be U.S. citizens have a high pass rate, how do native-born citizens fair? Well, let's just say the results aren't pretty.

A 2012 study from Xavier University's Center for the Study of the American Dream asked over 1,000 native-born citizens 10 questions from the civics test. The result? One in three failed. Some of the more troubling results from the survey include:

  • 62 percent couldn't name the governor of their state;
  • 63 percent couldn't name either of their U.S. senators;
  • 68 percent couldn't name the correct number of U.S. Supreme Court justices;
  • 75 percent didn't know what the role of the judiciary branch is.

So in an effort to have some fun, and hopefully not embarrass ourselves too badly, we take the civics test based on a 10-question quiz CNN posted on its website in June. How did we do? Click on the podcast player above to find out.

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