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Introduction

The Naturalization Language Examination is an exam which foreigners who wish to


become naturalized citizens of the Republic of China (Taiwan) can opt to take in lieu of
completing 200 hours of Chinese language instruction. It was created and
implemented with the idea that newly minted Taiwan citizens should have some basic
knowledge regarding government, education, social welfare, laws, culture, traditions,
and daily life of Taiwan. It is not unlike naturalization exams that many other countries
have. The exam study guide (pictured above) has a lot of very interesting and valuable
information that all foreigners wishing to become naturalized Taiwan citizens should
possess. At the time of examination, you will only be asked 20 questions out of the
possible 200 questions contained within the exam study guide. If you are the spouse
of a Taiwan national, you need to attain a score of 60% in order to pass (12 correct out
of 20). If you arent married to a Taiwan national, then you need to attain a score of
70% in order to pass (14 correct out of 20). You can get a copy of the study guide, find
out the dates and times for upcoming exams, or can register to take the exam at your
local Household Registration Office. They are also responsible for administering the
exam for the established testing dates.

Preface
I originally analyzed this exam study booklet and created a written guide for myself in
order to find the Naturalization Language Exams weaknesses and to facilitate my ease
in passing it with the least amount of effort. In addition to this guide, I made
computerized practice exams using TAC Softwares Multiple Choice Quiz Maker
(MCQM) from http://www.tac-soft.com/mcindex.html so that I could easily practice the
study guides 200 questions over and over again before I took the actual exam. After I
passed the exam with a successful score of 100%, I thought I would pass my guide
and computerized multiple choice practice exams on to others who might have a use
for them. Therefore, I have haphazardly put this ridiculously detailed guide together
and foolhardily named it Cracking the Naturalization Language Exam. All for your
amusement, derision, public ridicule, and scorn if you are so inclined. FLAME ON! I
make no warrantees, expressed or implied as to the usefulness of this guide and/or
computerized practice exams, and accept no responsibility in their use or misuse.

However, I will say that if you do use them and still fail to pass the Naturalization
Language Exam, then youre more of an idiot than I am and dont deserve Taiwanese
citizenship anyway! There is no cost for this guide and associated computerized
practice exams and I expect nothing in return for them. If you paid anyone else for
them, then good for them! As for copyright (), there is none. This work MAY BE
reproduced, redistributed, edited, corrected, sold, included in other publications, in
whole or in part, with any alteration deemed necessary, and without prior written or
verbal permission of any kind. Remove my name, put your name on it and claim it as
your own, all with complete impunity. Any other use that you can think of is also
permitted without the expressed prior written or verbal permission of Northcoast Surfer
Cody Maverick. Basically, I dont give a rats ass what you do with my cracking guide
and computerized practice exams. Such a deal!

Acknowledgements

First and foremost, I would like to graciously thank Maoman and Goose Egg for
creating and administrating the online Taiwan discussion forum Forumosa.com.
Forumosa.com is an extremely valuable resource where important information, ideas,
debate, and hugely entertaining pissing contests flow freely on a daily basis, all for the
benefit of its users. Without it, my literary masterpiece and its distribution wouldnt exist.
Secondly, I wish to thank Forumosan Bismarck for painstakingly translating the
Naturalization Language Examination Study Guide into English and also including the
Pin-Ying to go along with it. I used his transcription, which he emailed to me, to easily
analyze the examination for weaknesses and also to create the computerized practice
exams. I wouldnt have wasted my time doing it myself otherwise, so a hearty Thanks
mate to him. An honorable mention and shout out to other Forumosa members
Ironlady and Sjcma for donating their time and valuable translation abilities to
Bismarck and for keeping him on track and assisting in various translation issues when
he first set out to do it. Lastly, I wish to thank the pool of highly educated Taiwanese
officials who made such a ridiculously half-witted, asinine attempt to create a
meaningful Naturalization Language Exam. Their typical Taiwanese attitude of A
quick shitty job is good enough clearly shines through and makes it extremely difficult

to fail this exam. There is absolutely no requirement for Chinese language proficiency
or even basic Chinese ability in order to pass this exam!
So, without further eloquence (self-important egotistical drivel), heres the guide. I
hope you find it as helpful for you as it was for me when I took the Republic of China
Naturalization Language Examination. I would say good luck, but, trust me when I say
that you wont need luck to pass this exam!
Surfingly yours,

Cody Maverick, Northcoast Surfer

Cracking The Naturalization Language Exam


Postulate 1:

All of the above questions () (27)

There are 27 questions where a possible answer choice is All of the above. ().
For 26 of these 27 questions the correct answer is All of the above. The only question where
All of the above isnt the correct answer is question #165 where the correct answer is (1).
Select every time you see it, except for question #165, for an overall 13.5%
correct rate toward the total 200 questions.

Postulate 2:

Yes/No questions (/ ) (14)

There are 14 Yes/No questions (/ ) and the answer is always, Yes. Thats a 100%
rate. Select every time you see it for an overall 7% correct rate toward the total 200
questions.

Postulate 3:

The longest answer questions (51)

There are 51 questions where one of the answer choices is longer than the other possible
answers. The correct answer for 37 of these questions is the answer where the number of
Chinese characters is greater than the other answers, the spacing and/or addition of
parentheses makes the answer appear longer than the other choices, and no numbers appear
in the possible responses, and there are only 2 or 3 answer choices. Thats an overall 18.5%
correct rate toward the total 200 questions and reading or understanding the questions are
unnecessary!

The remaining 14 long answer questions need to be studied and simply memorized in order to
get them correct. They are questions 11, 24, 26, 28, 30, 92, 95, 109, 112, 131, 133, 161, 181,
183. Thats an additional 7% correct rate toward the total 200 questions.

By following the long answer postulate you can increase your overall correct rate toward the
total 200 questions by 25.5%!

Postulate 4:

Specific dates questions (5)

There are five questions about dates. Memorize the following Month/Day combinations and
select them for your answers. What are these dates for? Who cares! None of these dates
appear together in the same question, so you are safe. Thats an additional 2.5% correct rate
toward the total 200 questions.
Memorize these dates

Postulate 5:

10/10

10 10

5/1

51

9/28

9 28

3/8

38

4/4

44

Telephone numbers (7)

There are 7 questions about telephone numbers. Memorize these numbers and select them
when you get to a question where they appear. Exception! The number 113 appears with the
other numbers below on four occasions. Therefore, only choose 113 when it doesnt appear
with any of the other numbers below! What are these numbers for? Who cares! Memorize
and select them for an additional 3.5% correct rate toward the total 200 questions.

Memorize these phone numbers


110, 112, 113, 119, 165, 1950

Postulate 6:

Number of Months questions () (6)

There are 6 questions about number of months. They are questions 20, 39, 121, 122, 123,
151. Always choose the answer with the smallest number. Exception. There is one question
where the answer choices are 2 , 4 , 6 . Only in this case is the correct answer
the largest number, 6 months. Memory trick. Remember, the old baseball rhyme? 2, 4, 6, 8
who do we appreciate?

Thats an additional 3% correct rate toward the total 200 questions.

Postulate 7:

Number of Days questions () (6)

There are 6 questions about number of days. They are questions 43, 66, 67, 74, 172, 174.
Just remember the numbers 7, 15, and 30 and choose them when you see them. Exception.
For question #74 the correct answer is not 30 , its 60 . When 15 and 30 appear in
the same question, always choose 15 . Thats an additional 3% correct rate toward the total
200 questions.

Memorize these numbers of days


7
15
30

Postulate 8:

Age questions (years old) () (9)

There are 9 questions about age (years old). They are questions 21, 29, 38, 62, 79, 102, 113,
152, 199. Just remember the ages 6 , 14 , 18 , 20 , and 65 and choose them when
you see them. Exceptions. Only choose 18 when it appears in a two answer question and
only when it appears in the question where the answer choices are consecutively 18 , 19 ,
20 . When 6 and 18 appear together, choose 6 . Only choose 3 when the
other two answers have double digits (10 and 15). Thats an additional 4.5% correct rate
toward the total 200 questions.

Memorize these ages


3
6
14
18
20
65

Postulate 9:

Unique Answers questions (9)

There are 9 questions which have unique answers that only appear once throughout the entire
test. They are questions 15, 77, 90, 145, 146, 150, 158, 170, 180. Memorize these unique
answers and select them when you see them. What do they mean? Who cares, they only
appear once and they are the correct answers to the questions! Thats an additional 4.5%
correct rate toward the total 200 questions.

Memorize these 9 unique answers


23
6 15
5 1 5 31
6%
17280
500
1

Postulate 10:

Number of Years questions () (12)

There are 12 questions regarding number of years. They are questions 2, 3, 9, 12, 22, 55, 56,
59, 78, 99, 153, 159. This technique is a little bit more difficult and you have to follow the
proper progression in order to successfully answer all of these questions correctly. Thats an
additional 6% correct rate toward the total 200 questions.
1. Always choose (9 ) for the answer.
2. Always choose (10 ) for the answer.
3. Always choose (4 ) except for question 153 where the correct answer is (5 ).
4. Always choose (5 ) unless it appears with (4 ) (except question 153)
5. Only choose (1 ) when the question has the following age range.19 36
6. Only choose (3 ) when it is the largest number of years of the answers.

Postulate 11:

Able/Unable questions (/) (2)

There are 2 of these questions. The correct answer to both of these questions is Able
Note that one of these answers begins with Able and has additional text afterward. Thats
an additional 1% correct rate toward the total 200 questions.

Postulate 12:

Correct/Incorrect questions (/) (1)

There is 1 question. The answer is Correct . Thats an additional 0.5% correct rate toward
the total 200 questions.

Statistical Tips Not as reliable as postulates, but still very handy

Statistical tip 1:

Can/Cant questions ( / ) (15)

There are 15 of these questions. The correct answer to ten of these questions is, Cant
. (67%) The correct answer to five of these questions is, Can . (33%). Its best to
study for these questions, otherwise the next best option is to choose Cant every time you
see it if you arent sure as the statistics are in your favor. There are two questions regarding
cars. If you see the character for car , in the question, then choose Cant for the
answer which would give you an additional 5% correct rate towards the 200 questions.

Statistical tip 2:

Questions with matching character counts (27)

There are 27 questions where the possible answers have the EXACT number of characters for
the answers. They are questions 4, 6, 7, 8, 14, 18, 31, 33, 36, 40, 58, 85, 87, 93, 98, 117, 143,
155, 177, 179, 180, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 200. All of these questions have 3 possible
answers, except for questions 117 and 155 which only have 2 possible answers.

For six of

these questions the answer is the first answer (22%). For ten of these questions the answer is
second answer (37%). For eleven of these questions the answer is the third answer (41%). If
you cant remember the answer where the character count for all the answers is the same, the
best statistical advantage is to choose the third answer every time you get to a question where
the number of characters are the same for all the possible answers. Thats an additional 5.5%
correct rate toward the total 200 questions.

Statistical tip 3:

Need to/Dont need to questions ( / ) (3)

There are 3 of these questions. The correct answer to two of these questions (#51 & #61) is,
Need to . Only one (#135) is Dont need to . Therefore, statistics dictate that
you choose Need to when you see it. Thats an extra 1% correct rate toward the total 200
questions.

Statistical tip 4:

Have/Dont have questions (/) (2)

There are 2 of these questions. One answer is Have, the other is Dont have . You
have a 50% chance of answering the questions correctly if you cant remember.

What kind of results can you expect?


If you use the simplest methods with the least amount of studying and practicing, you will be
able to get a 77% at worst! Heres the proof below. I had an American friend with absolutely
no knowledge of Chinese language take the full 200 question computerized practice
examination. He was able to get 77% on his first try. He was able to increase his scores on
subsequent attempts to an ultimate 85% based only on repetition and rote memorization. If he
can do it, so can you!

Heres the reward for following this cracking guide A score of 100%!!
Heres a copy of my actual test results which the Household Registration Office mailed to me.