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New U.S. Citizens are sworn in after years of preparation

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Dozens became United States Citizens today in Chattanooga as a part of a naturalization ceremony.

The ceremony takes place twice a year here in Chattanooga and is so special to those involved, but we wanted to know what it really takes to become a citizen.

The process to getting your citizenship is a lot harder than many may think, and if you were put to the test, you may find that some of the basic questions about our country are a little harder than you remember.

"I feel so happy, I don't know how to say it. You know,” said Tien Brown.

The program takes years to complete. It requires applications, fingerprints, and living in the United States as a permanent resident for three to five years depending on requirements.

After that, it's test taking time and it's one you want to study for.

"There's a lot of questions people would find difficult to understand without studying," said Charles Mulligan, President of Tennessee Immigration Empowerment Services. "How many amendments to the constitution have been passed? How many representatives are in the House of Representatives? What is the rule of law?

Out of the 100 questions to study, applicants are only asked 10 and expected to get six right to pass.

"It's the luck of the draw; you could get four or five questions that's all it takes on things that are obscure and you're down that point,” said Mulligan.

It might sound too easy, but if you were to take the test, would you pass?

"I think most Americans could get through the interview, but I think if they looked at the list of questions, they might not know 25 of them," said Mulligan.

Tien Brown says she studied for weeks.

"They gave me book in Atlanta. I go home, I learn everything," said Brown.

Her hard work paid off when she was sworn in on Wednesday as an American Citizen.

"They're so proud to become part of this country, it's refreshing," said Mulligan.

I've pulled up the practice test to show you firsthand what kind of questions you'll find.

There is a citizenship preparation class that is starting this Saturday here in Chattanooga. It is being held at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church from 9 until noon. For more information call 423-622-7232. The class is $50.

If you'd like to take the naturalization practice test, click here.

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