Life in the UK test is legal requirement for everybody who wishes to settle in the United Kingdom or apply for British citizenship. It contains 24 questions based on the 3rd Edition Handbook “Life in the United Kingdom: A guide for new residents”. It covers topics such as British history and British values. You will need to answer 18 questions correctly to pass.
Who is the test is for?
The test was designed to better integrate applicants into British society. The individuals are exempt from taking the test:
- Over 65
- Under 18’s
- People with a significant physical or mental health conditions
If you have such condition, it must prevent you from studying for the test.
Please note, if you already have the Life in the UK test pass certificate, you will not be required to pass the life in the UK test again.
How to prepare?
This is the major problem for applicants. Everybody wants to pass the test first time. We strongly suggest you do as many practice tests as you can. Generally speaking, the practice tests will be harder than your official test. This is because the final test will include many easy questions similar to “St Patron Dates and Fundamental Principles of British Life”.
There are a range of mobile applications available to prepare using your Android/Apple devices.
You can also have a go at our practice test.
How to book your test?
Make sure that you book your test using the official government website. The test will cost £50 and you will be able to pick your appointment slot (options to select suitable date and time) at your local test centre. When you fill in your application make sure that your First Name and Last Name are the correct way around. You will also need to bring an ID to prove your identity.
You can use one of the following as ID’s (Make sure you bring them to the test centre with you):
- passport – can be out of date
- UK photocard driving licence – full or provisional
- convention travel document (CTD), certificate of identity document (CID) or stateless person document (SPD)
- EU identity card
- immigration status document endorsed with a UK residence permit on a passport with a photo – can be out of date
- biometric residence permit
This is the most common mistake, and you will not be allowed to to sit the test with incorrect details. You will not be entitled to get a refund either. You will not be given your score but if you pass, you will receive a “pass confirmation letter”. Make sure that you keep it in a safe place, they can’t be replaced. It’s a good idea to have it photocopied, just in case you lose it. There are unlimited attempts at the test, that is you can book another one if you fail and keep doing so until you pass.
You only need to pass the life in the UK test once. Even if you passed your test in 2005, the pass certificates are valid for their lifetime and you will not be required to do another test.