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Life In The UK Test

Who Else Wants To Pass The Life In The UK Test?


Since its introduction in 2005, the Life in the UK Test has been taken by over half a million people.

The British government introduced the Life in the UK Test to make sure that people wishing to become British citizens have a sufficient knowledge about life in the UK and that they have the ability to speak English.


Who needs to take the test?

You need to take the Citizenship test if you are either;

  • Applying for naturalisation as a British Citizen OR for indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

It is necessary to have lived in the UK for at least 5 years and 3 years if you are a dependant. You must take the test before you make any application.

Failure to fulfil this qualification is the main reason why people fail to gain British Citizenship!

There are two main aspects of the Life in the UK Test which are two government requirements:

  1. The ability to speak English – see Learn Spoken English
  2. Possess sufficient knowledge about life in the United Kingdom

The British goverment say:

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Being able to speak English and understanding the basics of British life will enable any immigrant to live in the UK more easily and to play a fuller part in society.

The Life in the UK Test was born!

Ok then, so what do we have to do to pass this test?

Well, I have lived in the UK for over 46 years and when I took a practice Life in the UK test, out of the 24 questions I got 18 right and 6 wrong.

That is a 75% pass rate. JUST!   I would imagine that that score is probably average for most UK citizens.

You have to be in the UK for only 5 years, so to pass the UK Citizenship Test you are going to have to study quite hard to gain a good understanding of British culture and memorise a whole load of facts.

Nearly a third of people wanting to make Britain their home fail the citizenship test.

The first thing you must do:

Get yourself a copy of the A Life in the UK Test handbook. There are a few books available on the market that do pretty much the same thing but I recommened you stick to the official book ‘Life in the United Kingdom’ – 2nd Edition which is produced by the Home Office.

It’s for sale on the Home Office website for £9.99. but the best price that I’ve seen it for is £6.99 which is from Amazon and that includes free delivery in the UK.

Life in the UK Test Handbook

Buy it, read it and remember it, because you have to.

You should study chapters 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the second edition ‘Life in the United Kingdom’ handbook very carefully.

In the Life in the UK Test there are five main areas that you will learn about:

  1. A Changing Society – a summary of the history of immigration in the UK, the role of women and factors affecting young people
  2. UK Today – details of its population, religious customs, traditions and regional differences.
  3. How Britain is Governed – looking at how our constitution and institutions work and Britain’s place in Europe and the world.
  4. Everyday Needs - dealing with everyday issues such as housing, education, health and leisure.
  5. Employment – all about finding work and applying for jobs, your rights at work. Childcare and the rights of children who work.

Practice Life in the UK Test:

I have built a practice test for you to complete. There are 24 questions taken from the “A Journey to Citizenship” Handbook.

Remember you have 45 minutes to complete the test and you must get at least 18 of the 24 questions right which is a 75% pass rate. Good Luck!

For more practice Life in the UK Tests please go to Sample Citizenship Test

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