British Citizenship Test

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.

Time frame

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

Before taking the exam again, it is highly recommendable to study the preparation book 'Life In The United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents (3rd Edition).'

The Life in the UK Test

The test, series of 24 multiple choice questions is based on chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of 'Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents. We recommend you to carefully read chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 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').