From November 1, 2005, All applicants who wish to apply for the UK Citizenship
will be required to successfully complete the Life in the UK test. From 02 April 2007, all applicants
for indefinite leave to remain (permanent residence) will also need to successfully
take the test.
Who requires taking the test
The test was introduced by The UK government for those who need to prove that they
know about Life in the UK if they wish to become a British citizen.
If you wish to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen and your level
of English is good, it is mandatory for you to take the test. However if your English
is poor and you wish to apply for naturalisation, you will require to attend citizenship
classes as well as the English language (ESOL) . The ESOL and citizenship classes
prepare you to improve your English and gain knowledge in Life in the UK.
To assess your English level contact your local further education college.
Although the test is only available in English at the moment, they will soon be
offered in Welsh and Scottish Gaelic.
It is mandatory you take the test before applying for naturalisation as a British
citizen with the condition you also meet the other requirements for naturalisation.
A letter called the pass notification letter will be provided to you once
you have passed the
‘British Citizenship Test' successfully.
In the case you fail the Life in the UK Test
The Life in the UK Test
The test, series of 24 multiple choice questions is based on chapters 2, 3, 4, 5
and 6 of 'Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents. We recommend you
to carefully read chapters 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the 'Life in the United Kingdom'.
You are given 45 minutes to answer all the 24 questions. A good idea would be to
review your answer by making full use of your available time.
If you need additional time due to medical conditions, you would need to mention this
when you schedule a test.
Knowledge of Language and Life in the United Kingdom
This website caters to those who wish to learn more about the knowledge of language
and life in the United Kingdom required prior to making an application for permanent
residence (or 'indefinite leave to remain').