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Life in the UK: the Test

The life in the UK test is a crucial step on the road to citizenship.

Comprising of 24 questions, the test is designed to examine an applicant's knowledge of the laws, traditions and cultural customs of Great Britain. Anyone applying for full citizenship or indefinite leave to remain (ILR) - providing they are between the age 18-64 - is required to pass this test.

If you or someone you know is preparing to take the test, we've got all the info you need in this week's blog.

Who needs to take the test?

According to the official advice, you don’t need to take the test if:

  • You're aged under 18 or over 65

  • Unable to, because of special circumstances (such as a long-term physical or mental condition). If this is the case, you will need to provide necessary medical proof

Aside from these individuals, everyone else applying for ILR or Citizenship needs to take the test and pass it. you don't need to pass the test again if you're applying to become a British citizen and previously passed the life in the UK test as part of your settlement (ILR) application.

Where can I take the test?

There are a number of official Life in the UK testing centres across the country, so you should select the centre closest to you. Some larger cities, like London, may have more than one facility. The test is the same, no matter where you take it - the exam will always comprise of 24 randomly-selected questions.

To find your nearest testing facility, click here.

How do I book the test?

It's easy - the test can be booked online via Gov.UK. It costs £50 to apply, and you'll need ONE of the following forms of identification handy in order to book:

  • valid passport

  • valid travel document with a photo (you cannot use an emergency travel document)

  • biometric residence permit

  • biometric residence card

You will also need to bring this ID with you to the testing centre. We recommend that you prepare as much as you possibly can before booking your test, to ensure a higher chance of passing.

What can I do to prepare?

The test itself can be pretty tricky - if you're new to topics like British values or history, you will need to give yourself plenty of time time to study. The pass rate of the test is 75% - that's the equivalent of a score of 18/24.

Don't worry, though - there are plenty of materials available to help you do your best in the test, including this e-book. Of course, everyone learns in different ways. Whilst some are happy to study from text, others may find it difficult to keep focus: especially if they have a lower English level.

If you're finding it hard to learn from text alone, there are ways UTT can help. From next Monday, we will be hosting a number of video lessons on each section of the Life in the UK test curriculum, free of charge. With these videos, you'll have a chance to make notes, answer mock questions and learn at your own pace.

If this sounds like something you or your family may benefit from, follow us on twitter for updates, and be sure to check back on our Youtube page next week for the introductory lesson.

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