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    Posted: 10 Oct 2013 at 8:54pm
My wife just found out that she has a citizenship test scheduled in 11 days. We had moved addresses and the notification ended up at the old address, I just happened to call to check on the status today and found out the test is October 21. 

Does anyone know if it is in her best interest to attend anyway even if it is certain she will fail? She is not prepared at all and 11 days will not be enough time to get ready. We could also try to reschedule but I'm not sure if it is a good excuse to claim being underprepared. 

Any insight into how to handle this is appreciated! Thanks.
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people are getting crazy to get a test date and this is opposite reaction from your side, 11 days are enough to read a small booklet
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I should be more specific about how unprepared my wife is. She moved to Canada several years ago but didn't learn any english until she was in her mid-30's and hasn't taken any language courses. She speaks limited english but enough to get by. Her reading and writing skills in english are almost non-existent. So she can't read through the book on her own and even if she could she would not be able to figure out what enough of the written questions were asking. 

11 days might be a reasonable amount of time to someone fluent in english or french but I can't see it being nearly enough with her language skills.
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failling a test is much better then not attending it..since cic may not give her a chance and second giving the test one time will increase her confidence..but start preparing right away
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I would not delay the exam, rescheduling it could be a nightmare.
11 days is not impossible, read the booklet many times and take as many online tests as you can manage. I found the online tests really helpful.

If she fails CIC will reschedule her with a quicker timeline than if you delay it.
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Originally posted by mtltest mtltest wrote:

My wife just found out that she has a citizenship test scheduled in 11 days. We had moved addresses and the notification ended up at the old address, I just happened to call to check on the status today and found out the test is October 21. 

Does anyone know if it is in her best interest to attend anyway even if it is certain she will fail? She is not prepared at all and 11 days will not be enough time to get ready. We could also try to reschedule but I'm not sure if it is a good excuse to claim being underprepared. 

Any insight into how to handle this is appreciated! Thanks.

Is she also at St.Clair?
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You weren't kidding when you said your wife was not prepared.
Were you not aware that there would be an written exam?





Edited by yycgal - 10 Oct 2013 at 10:05pm
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Originally posted by mtltest mtltest wrote:

My wife just found out that she has a citizenship test scheduled in 11 days. We had moved addresses and the notification ended up at the old address, I just happened to call to check on the status today and found out the test is October 21. 

Does anyone know if it is in her best interest to attend anyway even if it is certain she will fail? She is not prepared at all and 11 days will not be enough time to get ready. We could also try to reschedule but I'm not sure if it is a good excuse to claim being underprepared. 

Any insight into how to handle this is appreciated! Thanks.

Drop everything and train your wife in the last 10 days. DO NOT try to reschedule test-- you'll most likely be "blessed" with RQ and then a real headache will begin. Test is quite easy if she will be able to read simple test questions in a test form and will know material. In the worst case CIC will schedule re-testing, but without a high possibility of a penalty in form of RQ, and you will have time to prepare better.


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Originally posted by mtltest mtltest wrote:

I should be more specific about how unprepared my wife is. She moved to Canada several years ago but didn't learn any english until she was in her mid-30's and hasn't taken any language courses. She speaks limited english but enough to get by. Her reading and writing skills in english are almost non-existent. So she can't read through the book on her own and even if she could she would not be able to figure out what enough of the written questions were asking. 

11 days might be a reasonable amount of time to someone fluent in english or french but I can't see it being nearly enough with her language skills.
 I'm sorry , but why have you applied for citizenship with no even basic knowledge of English? Confused
one of the main criteria is to understand and speak English.

to reschedule your test will end up in RQ - that's about 2 years waiting for another test date.
to attend the test is not a guarantee to be permitted to write it, cause she has to pass a small interview with the officer before writing it.

At my test date the were 2 ladies who were not allowed to write a test. I don't know what  is going to happen if she is "dismissed" of writing a test.

my advice is  to do all the best and try to prepare for the test. there is a slight but hope to pass it .

if she fails than it could be rescheduled or she will face a judge.
good luck




Edited by greeny - 10 Oct 2013 at 10:10pm
landed: May, 2003

applied: Dec04,2009

test/RQ: Feb15,2011 st.clair
2nd RQ: Aug 2014
Total waiting time to oath: 60,5 months :)= 5 years and 14 days
oath- Dec , 2014
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Thousands and thousands of people are checking their post boxes everyday to see whether they got any letter from CIC.

You must be out of your mind to reschedule the test date.

Rescheduling itself will trigger an RQ which will add up the processing time by another 2 to 3 years.

Does your wife want to become a citizen in 2013 or wait till 2015 or 2016. It's up to you.

Rescheduling is not a good idea. you will regret it.






Edited by polarbear - 10 Oct 2013 at 11:21pm
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