British Citizenship Test 2016-12-14T21:58:00+00:00

Completing the British citizenship test

British citizenship test

The British citizenship test also known as the ‘Life in the UK Test’ is an essential step for anyone wanting to settle in the UK, or apply for British citizenship.

The objective of the British citizenship test is to ensure that applicants have a good knowledge of life in the United Kingdom and the English language. The questions in the test are in multiple choice format and cover a number of topics from local customs and traditions, to the laws and political systems that govern the country.

Knowledge of life and language requirement

Passing the British citizenship test is just one part of proving that you are ready to become a permanent resident or naturalised citizen of the UK. The Home Office also necessitates that you must meet certain English language requirements.

All applicants for settlement or naturalisation will need to meet the knowledge of language and life requirement by:

  • passing the British citizenship test; and
  • having a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or its equivalent.

The full details of the language requirements can be found on the GOV.uk website.

The language course can be taken at any institution and follow any curriculum, with the focus being on the final qualification achieved. The follow qualifications are considered equivalent to B1 ECFR:

  • an ESOL qualification at Entry 3 or higher (eg Level 1 or 2) on the Ofqual register taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • an ESOL qualification at Scottish Qualifications Framework levels 4, 5 or 6 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and taken in Scotland
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