Over 80% of Canadians would fail a citizenship test, new poll reveals

To become a Canadian citizen, hopeful permanent residents must achieve a score of 75 per cent or higher on the Canadian Citizenship test.However, a recent poll by Forum Research found that almost 90 per cent of Canadians would fail this test, and the average score among those polled was just 50 per cent.Story continues below

“Many Canadians wouldn’t pass the Canadian citizenship test,” said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research. “Canadians’ general knowledge of what’s in the study guide would only get them about halfway to a passing grade.”READ MORE: COMMENTARY: This Canada Day, we need a new citizenship oathAccording to the results, men, the country’s highest earners, post-graduate degree holders and residents of British Columbia are among the most likely to pass the test.Survey respondents were asked a series of 10 questions, which included questions about the title of the national anthem, who the Métis are, the year the Charter of Rights and Freedoms came to Canada and Canada’s head of state.WATCH: It’s the Canada Day long weekend – time to celebrate our country’s greatest inventions