Access the online citizenship test

How to access the online test:

  1. Sign in to the online test
  2. Read the privacy notice
  3. Read the terms and conditions
  4. Get the test link
  5. Confirm your identity again
  6. Take a photo of your personal identification
  7. Take a photo of yourself

1. Sign in to the online test

You can’t take the online test if you didn’t receive an invitation.

When you sign in, enter your

Please wait for our invitation to take the online test.

If you received a test invitation, but see the “You can’t take the test right now” message

Make sure you entered the correct application number and UCI.

If you entered the correct information and still get the message, email the office that sent you the test invitation. The email address is in the Rescheduling section of your test invitation.

2. Read the privacy notice

Privacy notice

Read the privacy notice.

'I accept' and 'I decline' buttons

If you click “I decline” by mistake

You’ll go back to the sign in page. Enter your application number and UCI again to continue.

3. Read the terms and conditions

Read the terms and conditions.

A 'Terms and conditions' checkbox, test link instructions and an 'Email me the test link' button

When you select “Email me the test link” button, we’ll send the test link to your or your representative’s email address.

This is the same email that you provided

If you change your email after you receive the invitation

If you have a representative but want us to send you the test link

You can get the test link sent to your address only if you or your representative filled out the Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476).

If you did not fill out the form

  • we’ll email the link to the email address in your citizenship application form
  • you may have to ask your representative to email you the test link if their email address is on your application form.

If you filled out the form

  • you’ll see the option to update the email address after clicking “Email me the test link” button
  • provide your representative’s email address (the email in the application form)
  • provide your personal email address
  • confirm your email address
  • click the “Email me” button
Question and form fields to update email address

The test link does not immediately take you to the online test. After clicking the link, you must

It may take a few minutes for you or your representative to receive the test link. To see if you received it, check

  1. Add notifications@ct-tc.apps.cic.gc.ca to your email safe sender list
    • We’ll send you the test link from this email.
    • This will make sure your email receives the test link.
  2. Click the “Resend the test link” button
    • Make sure you use either a Chrome or Safari web browser to open the link
    • If you have a virtual private network (VPN), turn it off
      • The test link doesn’t work with a VPN.
  3. Email IRCC.CitOnlineTest-TestenligneCit.IRCC@cic.gc.ca if you still don’t get the link

    When you contact us, make sure you include your

    • application number
    • unique client identifier (UCI)

The link expires after 15 minutes.

5. Confirm your identity again

After you click the test link, re-enter your application number and UCI to confirm your identity.

Once you reconfirm your identity

Get help with your webcam and photos

6. Take a photo of your personal identification

You must take a clear picture of your personal identification (ID).  If you don’t take a picture of your ID or it looks blurred

  • your test result may be invalid
  • we may ask you to take the test again

Follow the instructions to take a picture of your personal identification (ID). You

You need a photo ID, like

Text version: Instructions to take a photo of your ID

Follow the instructions to take a picture of your personal identification (ID). You

  • need to use the webcam in your device (desktop, laptop or tablet) to take the photo
  • can retake your photo if needed

You need a photo ID with your signature on it, like

  • your permanent resident card (even if it’s expired) or
  • a valid (not expired) ID, such as a driver’s license or health card

You need to use your device’s webcam to take the photo.

How to take a photo of your ID

  1. Hold the front side of the photo ID facing the webcam.
    • Make sure that only your photo ID and your hand are visible to the webcam (not your face).
    • Place the photo ID within the green corner display in your screen.
  2. Once in position, click the “Take a photo” button.
    • Make sure that the photo, signature and biographical information are clearly visible and click the “Approve” button.
    • If the photo is not clear (for example, blurry), click the “Retake” button.
Webcam preview with ‘Retake’ and ‘Approve’ buttons

7. Take a photo of yourself

What to wear

Wear appropriate clothing to take your photo and during the test.

You may wear

Your face must be clearly visible.

If you have a face covering and cannot remove it

How to take a photo of yourself

Follow the page’s instructions to take a photo of yourself.

You can retake the photo if needed.

Text version: Instructions to take a photo of yourself

Make sure that

  • your full face is clearly visible in the picture
  • you’re looking directly at the screen
  • your face is close to the webcam in the green circle
  • you’re the only person in the photo
  • your eyes, nose and mouth are visible
  • your head faces the camera straight on (do not tilt or rotate your head)

If your photo is not clear (for example, blurry), click the “Retake” button.

Webcam preview with Retake and Approve buttons

Get help with your webcam and photos

We’ll store and use your photos (your ID and your face) to confirm your identity. If we have any questions or concerns, one of our officers will be in touch with you.

After you successfully take a photo of yourself, you may start the online test if you’re ready.

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