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What is the Life in the UK test?

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What is the Life in the UK test?

Everyone who applies to become a British Citizen or for permanent residence (also known as settlement or indefinite leave to remain) has to show their knowledge of the English language and of life in the United Kingdom in one of two ways. They can either take a special ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course, or they can take the Life in the UK test.

The test covers a number of topics including local customs and traditions, history of the United Kingdom and the laws and political systems that govern the country.

  • The test is made up of 24 multiple choice questions
  • The official questions are not published anywhere so you cannot see the exact questions you could be asked before the test
  • Questions are chosen at random by computer
  • You will have 45 minutes to complete the test
  • The pass mark is around 75%
  • The test costs 50

How do I prepare for the test?

Life in the UK 2nd editionLife in the UK tests due to be taken before 25th March 2013 are based on Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship, 2nd Edition handbook. In order to be familiar with the test experience and to ensure you are as prepared as possible for the questions you should also read the Life in the United Kingdom: Official Citizenship Test Study Guide and Passing the Life in the UK Test: Official Practice Questions and Answers book. All these titles are available as instantly downloadable PDFs which are ideal if you need to start revising today. We have also created value packs so you can purchase these items together and receive a discount.


Life in the UK 3rd edition Tests due to be taken on or after the 25th of March 2013 are based on Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents, 3rd Edition handbook. Ensure you are fully prepared to take your test by also reading the Life in the United Kingdom: Official Practice Questions and Answers Book and Life in the United Kingdom: Official Study Guide. These titles will also be available as instantly downloadable PDFs which are ideal if you need to start revising today. We have also created value packs so you can purchase these items together and receive a discount.


If you are unsure about using a computer, online training is available at http://lifeintheuktest.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Where can I take the test?

To find your nearest Life in the UK test centre, either go to http://lifeintheuktest.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk or call the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 0154245

Watch our video for advice on preparing for your Life in the UK test

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Where can I find out more?


Follow Life in the UK on Facebook Become a fan on Facebook
Speak to other people preparing for their Life in the UK test and keep up-to-date with the latest news on the official publications.
www.facebook.com/lifeintheuktest

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For all the latest news and offers about the official Life in the UK publications
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For more information about the test:

Online:
http://lifeintheuktest.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/

Phone: Call the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 0154245.