In Oct 2007, the Australian government had announced that all new immigrants arrived in Australia and applying for Australian citizenship are required to undergo a multiple choice test about the Australian way of life and culture and the responsibilities and privileges as an Australian citizen. The test is closed book and it is done in English.
Statistics show that after several months of implementing the test, more than 20% of the people tested fail the test first time! That is, 1 in 5 people will not pass the first time.
(Latest) From Oct 19, 2009. A revised Australian citizenship test format was introduced. People sitting for the exam have to answered 15 out of 20 questions correctly to pass the test, that is you will only pass the test if you have answered 5 or less questions incorrectly compare with the previous format where 8 or less questions was allowed to be answered incorrectly.
The new format had separated into testable and non-testable sections. Where testable sections focus on the Australia and its people, the democratic beliefs, rights and liberties and the Australian laws, that is the Australian citizenship pledge. The non-testable section is purely for complimentary study and learning of Australian history, Australian geography and Australian culture.
Our beliefs is that even though a reduction in the studying of testable materials, because the pass marked have increase from 60% to 75%. There will still be a high percentage of people will not pass the first time.
Australian Citizenship Preparation Software
OziHELP stands for Australian Citizenship test help guide, was designed purposely to assist new immigrants of getting familiar with the contents of the test by having a software designed with question and multiple choice answers based on the information in the (latest) official test booklet "Australian Citizenship - Our Common Bond" produced by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
The software is a standalone program installed into your PC from the CD provided and it is compatible with most Microsoft Windows based operating systems.
Besides using it as an interactive help guide for the citizenship test, we have also provided questions based in the non-testable section in the booklet as a complimentarily and useful resource for those who are keen to further their knowledge about the history, government and cultural background of Australia.