Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship is a web-based learning tool that supports aspiring citizens’ efforts to prepare for the civics portion of the U.S. naturalization test. This interactive resource presents videos and activities relating to the 100 test questions that showcase artifacts from the Smithsonian Institution’s collections and exhibitions. The site also features a word list with definitions of terms and the opportunity for users to test themselves. Preparing for the Oath was produced through a partnership between the National Museum of American History (NMAH) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
An earlier version of this website was built with Adobe Flash technology. At the time Flash was the best option due to the high degree of interactivity in the site. However, access became an increasing problem as more users desired to use the site on mobile devices, and eventually it became necessary to either abandon the site or rebuild it using newer technology. NMAH and USCIS opted to rebuild due to the site’s success and popularity with its target audiences. This work was begun in 2019 and the new site launched in September 2020 with a clean, beautiful, mobile-friendly and mobile-responsive design, while retaining all the key functionality of the old Flash site.