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Life in the UK Test Guide for New Residents 2013


The Revised Life in the UK Test 2013 (3rd Edition)

Passing the Life in the UK test is one of the most important steps for individuals seeking permanent resident status in UK or naturalisation as a British citizen. The main objective of the British citizenship test is to ensure that the applicants have sufficient knowledge of British life and good proficiency in English language. The UK government has announced a new Life in the UK test from 25 March 2013, which is based on the revised handbook called Life in the UK: A Guide for New Residents (3rd edition). The new test rightly focuses on values and principles of British and helps the migrants to integrate easily into British society.

Unlike the current test, which has questions based on only selected chapters, the questions in the new Life in the UK test is selected from all chapters of the new handbook, which means the candidates should have proficiency both in British history and law. The new handbook will no longer feature information about public transport, credit cards, water meters, internet, job interviews and other common parts of life in Britain. Instead, the updated curriculum of the new handbook mainly emphasizes on British culture, tradition as well as the events and people that have occupied important role in the British history. Similar to the old test, the new test also consists of 24 multiple-choice questions that you will have to answer in 45 minutes.

1st and 2nd Chapters:

The first chapter mainly focuses on British principles, values and the common procedure for attaining permanent residence or citizenship while the second chapter explains the natural beauty and major landmarks of UK and the layout of its different countries.

3rd Chapter:

Even though historical facts were included in the previous handbook, the old test format did not emphasize much on this information. The new chapter - A Long and Illustrious History describes the entire British history from the past Stone Age to the present political situations including the world wars, kings and queens and the most prominent works of Shakespeare and Burns, the scientific contributions of Newton and Fleming and the political persuasions of Churchill and Attlee. The chapter covers many main aspects of early Britain, the Middle Ages, the periods of Tudors and Stuarts, main wars including the battles against the Vikings to the latest conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, the emergence of UK as a global power etc.

4th Chapter:

The fourth chapter ‘A Modern Thriving Society’ incorporates many interesting topics on British customs and traditions, artistic heritage and culture, sports from the past to the present 2012 London Olympics, music of Purcell and the worldwide influence of modern British composers from Benjamin Britten to the Beatles, religious beliefs of people living in UK society, places of interest etc.

5th Chapter:

Last but not the least, the 5th chapter called ‘The UK Government, the Law and Your Role’ include information on government, democratic laws and policies, individual’s responsibilities and privileges as US citizens, living and getting involved in the UK community etc.

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