Unless you like the US citizenship test so much, you wan to take it many times (hahaha!) it’s worth it to spend some extra time (and even money) to find the best citizenship test CD that really helps you with your study.
If you do a Google search for a citizenship CD, you will see many websites and advertises offering CDs of all kinds. Some are good, some are very bad and should be avoided. So, how do you know which one to buy from? Which CD is best for you (and your pocket)?
Here are some tips to consider when shopping for a great Citizenship Test CD - one that helps instead of hurts you! They’re simple:
- Make sure you listen to audio samples. As far as I know (at the moment of writing this blog post) there are only 3 companies that offer free samples (2 are good, one is very bad and should be avoided.)
- Make sure the samples come from different parts of the CD. You want the whole CD is high quality, not just a small portion. Buy the CD that has many samples.
- This is the most important tip - Make sure the audio is read by a natural human voice. As mentioned, some people try to make quick moneys by selling CDs that are read by computers. While you’re listening, ask yourself this question: “Does it sound like a real person speaking?” Most CDs that are sold without free samples are read by computers. Stay far, far away. (Some are sold for cheap on eBay.) You’d want to listen to a CD that’s read by a professional voice-over artist, which has clearer voice and correct pronunciation for each and every word.
- Read reviews from buyers: The more reviews, the better. Buy the one with the most positive reviews. CDs that have reviews from citizenship teachers or immigration lawyers are best. Know what they like or don’t like about the CD, then make your own decision.
So again, it’s true that you get what you pay for. Good CDs are sold for about $15-$40. Some bad CDs we see are being sold for $8-$25 (with extra stuff that you may not need.) So, shop around! Have fun studying for your citizenship test, and good luck!