There were many critics who denounced the introduction of a new citizenship test in Germany when it appeared las year, but there is now evidence their fears were misplaced. The latest results indicate that 99% of those taking the test pass and become citizens of Germany. At the time the test was introduced, people like Hans-Christian Strobele of the Green Party insisted “many Germans would not pass the test.” Now, Green Party critics like Bilkay Oney argue, “if everyone passes anyway, then we don’t need the test.” Defenders of the test argue that even if immigrants are memorizing test answers, they at least are, for the moment, compelled to think about the issues raised by the test.
In the modern world, there are always people or organizations who, for a fee, will assist anyone to pass a test. The test has a potential 310 questions, but the actual test given to an individual has 33 questions and one only has to be correct on 17 responses. Anyone, wish to set up an office and begin helping people to memorize data?