On T-Day, all of your hard work and effort is going to pay off. It’s the day you’ll finally be taking your Canadian Citizenship Test, the final step on your journey to becoming a Canadian. Consider these tips to help you through what will likely a long, and at times stressful, day.
1. Get a Good Night's Sleep
You may have trouble sleeping the night before, but turn-in early and get plenty of rest. Your brain slows down when you’re tired, and you want to be sharp for the test.
2. Go Easy on the Caffeine
A cup of coffee is fine, but several will make you
lighted distracted. Too much caffeine will make it hard to concentrate, and eventually leave you feeling too tired to think.
3. Read the Newspaper
It’s too late to cram, so leave the study guide alone. Read the newspaper instead. It will get your English or French “moving” and should help calm your nerves.
4. Eat Something
Eat a good breakfast so that you’re not distracted by an empty stomach. Grab a handful of blueberries – they’re supposed to be good for your brain!
5. Be Comfortable
Wear whatever makes you feel the most comfortable. The citizenship officer isn’t going to give you points for style, and if your feet hurt or you can’t breathe, you’ll have a hard time focussing.
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Give yourself plenty of time, and if you’re driving, park a few blocks away. Take the time to walk to your appointment. Getting some fresh air and taking a few deep breaths will do wonders to calm you down.
7. Be Patient
Not surprisingly, you’ll find a lot of other people waiting to write the Canadian Citizenship Test as well. Be patient, and bring something to read to distract yourself until it’s your turn.
8. Move On, Come Back
You have thirty minutes to answer 20 questions, so if you get stuck on a question, move on to the next one. Come back to any questions you’ve missed once you’ve answered all the others.
9. Be Confident - You're Almost There
The oral interview can be very stressful, but remember that you’ve come a long way and overcome many challenges to get to this last step. The citizenship officer just wants to talk to you and share a little more of what you’ve learned about Canada. It’s not an interrogation, and they’re not trying to trick you. Try and relax.
10. Plan for the Future
Make sure to have fun when you’re finished. You’ll want to do something that will distract you so that you don’t spend hours worrying about your answers. Hope for the best and make plans for the future. The Canadian Citizenship Test isn’t easy, but if you’ve studied and given it your best, you’ll soon be a Canadian.
A Day To Remember
The key to having a great “T-Day” is to plan ahead.
Study, prepare, and come to your appointment alert and inspired.
By the end of the day, you should finally have made it to the finish line, with a big red maple leaf waiting to welcome you home.