If you are applying for British Citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain, you first have to pass the Life in UK test.
Also known as the British Citizenship test, the Life in UK test was introduced in 2005 to ensure applicants have a good knowledge of British customs, traditions, laws and the political system, as well as the English language.
You are unable to apply for naturalisation or settlement until you have passed the Life in the UK test. If you fail the test, you will lose your test fee.
With so much at stake, we understand that the Life in the UK test can be stressful. Preparation is the most effective way to pass the test.
Who has to take the Life in UK test?
Anyone applying for British citizenship or to settle in the UK must take the Life in UK test.
You are exempt from the test if you:
- are under 18 or over 65
- have passed it before, for example if you passed the test as part of your ILR application, you don’t need to take the test again for your citizenship application
- have a long-term physical or mental condition, which you must confirm with a letter from a doctor
What is involved with the test?
The test lasts 45 minutes.
You will have to answer 24 multiple choice questions about British customs, traditions, laws and the political system.
You have to answer at least 18 questions correctly to pass – a pass mark of 75%.
You will find out the result at the end of the test.
If you pass, you are able to proceed with an application for ILR or citizenship.
How can I prepare for the Life in the UK test?
You will be tested on information in the official handbook for the Life in the UK Test.
The handbook has information about:
- UK history
- The British government
- UK geography
- Local culture
The main reason behind failing is the lack of preparation and practice for the test. All questions in the test are taken from random from the handbook. It also contains sample questions and answers, as well as study guides that can help you pass the test.
What happens if I fail the test?
If you don’t pass the test, you can retake the test after a week.
You will not be able to make an application for naturalisation as a British citizen or for indefinite leave to remain until you pass the Life in UK test.
You may have to seek alternative leave to remain however need to legalize your stay by applying for further leave to remain if your current leave to remain has expired or is close to expiring.
How do I book?
You book the test online.
You must book your Test online at least 3 days in advance.
To book, you will need to confirm your ID using:
- 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; or
- biometric residence permit
How much does it cost to take the test?
The Life in UK test fee is £50 for each attempt.
The fee is non-refundable if you fail the test.
Where do I sit the test?
There are around 60 test centres in the UK. You are able to select one of the five closest to where you live. You are not able to take the test outside of these centres. You must bring proof of your address to the test.