The 2019 Census Test has ended. Thank you for your time.
La Prueba del Censo del 2019 ha terminado. Gracias por su tiempo.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the 2019 Census Test?
The 2019 Census Test is a survey that the U.S. Census Bureau is conducting in preparation for the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau is researching modern and cost-efficient methods for the population to exercise its civic obligation to be counted in the 2020 Census.
- Do I have to complete this survey?
This survey is mandatory, but will only take about 10 minutes to complete. We are conducting this survey under the authority of Title 13, U.S. Code, Sections 141, 193 and 221. This survey has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). For this survey, the OMB approval number is 0607-0936.
- Why was I selected for this survey?
The U.S. Census Bureau chose your address, not you personally, as part of a randomly selected sample. Your address was selected to represent a cross section of households in your community.
- Who should complete the survey?
This survey should be completed by the person who owns or rents the living quarters or any other person who is at least 15 years of age with knowledge of the household.
- How do I change my answers?
For questions where you must choose a single response from a list, clicking another response will change your answer to that response.
If it is a "select all that apply" question, you may click on a selected checkbox to unselect the box and remove it as one of your answers.
- How long will it take to complete this survey?
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that completing the questionnaire will take 10 minutes on average.
Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this burden to: Paperwork Reduction Project 0607-0936, U.S. Census Bureau, ADDC-4H277, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233. You may e-mail comments to Census.Test.email@example.com; use "Paperwork Reduction Project 0607-0936" as the subject.
This collection of information has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The eight-digit OMB approval number that appears on the login screen confirms this approval. If this number were not displayed, we could not conduct this survey.
- What types of questions will I be asked?
In this survey, you will be asked if the housing unit is rented or owned and for the names of everyone living in the household. We will also ask for basic demographic information for each person living in the household.
- How does the Census Bureau protect my survey data?
The Census Bureau is required by law to protect your information. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. Federal law protects your information, and we have developed policies and statistical safeguards to help us follow the law and further ensure the confidentiality of your information.
Federal Law: Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information. Violating this law is a crime with severe penalties.
Privacy Principles: Our Privacy Principles are guidelines that cover all of our activities. These principles encompass both our responsibilities to protect your information and your rights as a respondent. They apply to the information we collect and the statistics we publish.
Statistical Safeguards: Statistical methods ensure that the statistics we release do not identify individuals or businesses. These methods include extensive review and analysis of all our data products, as well as disclosure avoidance methodologies such as data suppression and modification.
- Is it safe to complete this survey online?
Yes. For more information, please refer to the FAQ question link, "How does the Census Bureau protect my survey data?" for guidelines on Federal Law, Privacy Principles, and Statistical Safeguards. Additionally, the following policies apply to personally identifiable information provided in an online survey.
For each online survey, we are required to provide an explanation to respondents about the confidentiality of the data and the laws that protect those data (e.g., Title 13, U.S. Code Section 9 [a]).
Per the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015, your data are protected from cybersecurity risks through screening of the systems that transmit your data. All web data submissions are encrypted in order to protect your privacy, even in the remote chance that your survey responses are intercepted.
- Will the results be published?
By law, the Census Bureau can only use your responses to produce statistics. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you or your household. The Census Bureau plans to make results of this study available to the general public. Results will be presented in aggregate form and no personally identifiable information will be published.
Information quality is an integral part of the pre-dissemination review of the information disseminated by the Census Bureau (fully described in the Census Bureau's Information Quality Guidelines at (https://www.census.gov
/about/policies). Information quality is also integral to the information collection conducted by the Census Bureau and is incorporated into the clearance process by the Paperwork Reduction Act. /quality/guidelines.html
- Do I have to complete this survey for my household members?
Yes, you will be asked to provide information for each household member. For each person living in the household, you will be asked for the name, basic demographic information, and whether or not the person sometimes lives or stays somewhere else.
- Who Should Complete the Survey:
This survey should be completed by the person who owns or rents the living quarters, or any other person who is at least 15 years of age with knowledge of the household.
Use only the "Next" or "Previous" buttons on the bottom of each screen. Do NOT use the Forward or Back buttons on your browser.
- Changing Responses:
For questions where you must choose a single response from a list, clicking another response will change your answer to that response. If it is a "select all that apply" question, you may click on a selected check box to unselect the box and remove it as one of your answers.
- Session Time Limits:
If you need to leave the survey for more than 15 minutes or if you do not submit your survey, your answers will not be saved and you will need to start over. This survey must be completed and submitted in one session.
- Help with Survey Questions:
If you need assistance on a specific survey question, use the "Help" link that appears with that question.
- Submitting your Survey:
Once your survey is submitted, you will not be able to access your information or change any of your responses. After you submit your survey and are shown the confirmation page you may close the web browser.