FREE and Low Cost Test Preparation Classes

Get U.S. Citizenship

The following organizations offer free or low cost Test Preparation classes.*  Please call them for more details.

*This is not a comprehensive list of all available options.  CUNY Citizenship Now! does not endorse any of the programs listed.

New York City

  • Call 311.

  • Visit www.literacydirectory.org to search for classes by zipcode.

  • Visit public universities and colleges in New York.

  • Check with your local library, or browse the list below to locate a class.

Bronx

Highbridge Community Life Center

http://www.highbridgelife.org/ourservices/classes.asp
979 Ogden Ave., Bronx, NY 10452
718-681-2222
Offers free ESL and civics classes.  Civics classes provide preparation for citizenship interview and citizenship test. Must be age 18 or older.

Bronxworks

http://www.bronxworks.org/immigration-services
80 East 181st Street, Bronx, NY 10453
Morris Senior Center
718-731-3114 ext. 314
Offers free ESL and civics classes.  Call for registration dates.




Brooklyn

Brooklyn Public Library, Education
and Job Information Center

http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/only-bpl/literacy/english-classes
Provides free local classes in ESL and citizenship preparation.
http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/only-bpl/adult-literacy#learncenter
Contact your local learning center.

F.E.G.S. Citizenship Program

938 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11223
Brooklyn Resource Center
718-366-2836

New York City College of Technology, Adult Learning Center

Howard Building, 4th Floor, 25 Chapel Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-552-1140
Offers free ESL and civics classes.  You must register in person.  Photo I.D. is required.

South Side Community Mission

250 Hooper Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-387-3803
Offers civics classes.  Classes cost $30.  For the schedule and updated fees, email sscmimmigration@aol.com.


Manhattan

International Rescue Committee <pdf>

263 West 38th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 377-4759
Offers free citizenship test preparation classes.
Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
Please call for more information.


Queens

Queens Public Library

Civics Classes: www.queenslibrary.org
ESL Classes: www.queenslibrary.org
718-480-4235
The library has compiled a list of all civics and ESL classes offered throughout Queens.  You can also check with your local library.

LaGuardia Community College, Division of Adult and Continuing Education

www.lagcc.cuny.edu/ace/telc.aspx
29-10 Thomson Ave. Room C250
Long Island City, NY 11101
718-482-5460
Offers free ESL and civics classes as well as basic English classes.  All classes meet Monday through Thursday.  Call to make an appointment.  Other classes may also be available.


The New Land Community Center

http://www.newlandcenter-aacs.org/eslcivics.html
677 Seneca Ave., Queens, NY 11385
718-381-3607
Offers free Civics classes at various skill levels.  Specializes in Vietnamese, Laotian, Cambodian, Korean, Indian, Chinese, Latino and Central European languages.




Upstate New York and Long Island

  • Call the New York State Department of Education at (518)-474-5906 to locate a class.

  • Visit www.literacydirectory.org to search for classes by zipcode.
  • Visit public universities and colleges in your area.

  • You can also check with your local library for other nearby classes.




New Jersey

  • Visit www.nj.gov/education/bilingual/esl/ for the New Jersey Department of Education's Online Resource Guide for Bilingual Education.  This guide is in both Spanish and English.  While the guide is aimed at Latinos, the classes listed are for all individuals.

  • Call the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development at (609) 943-5921.

  • Visit www.literacydirectory.org to search for classes by zipcode.

  • Visit public universities and colleges in your area.

  • Literacy Program: Jersey City Free Public Library

    472 Jersey Av, Jersey City, NJ 07302
    201-546-4518
    Offers free Citizenship classes in English. Registration is every two months. You can also check with your local library for other nearby classes.


  • The Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Middlesex County offers free english and citizenship preparation courses. Visit http://www.jfvs.org/services/immigrantservices/citizenshipesl/ for more information.




Connecticut

  • Call the Connecticut State Department of Education at (860)-807-2111 to locate a class.

  • Visit www.literacydirectory.org to search for classes by zipcode.
  • Visit public universities and colleges in your area.
  • You can also check with your local library for other nearby classes.


Pennsylvania

  • Call the Pennsylvania Department of Education at (717) 787-6344 to locate a class..
  • Visit public universities and colleges in your area