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Life in the UK Test

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If you aspire to apply for a British citizenship or ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’, one of the essential eligibility requirements is passing the ‘Life in the UK test’. It is also known as the British Citizenship test, introduced to ensure that the new British citizens have a good understanding of British customs, traditions, laws, the political system and the English language. After all, it is crucial to know the history and culture of the country where you are planning to settle.

You can apply for naturalisation or settlement once you have cleared the ‘Life in the UK test’. With so much at stake, preparing for the test can be stressful but thorough preparation is the most effective way to pass.

Important Points to Remember

  • Booking the Test: You can book your ‘Life in the UK Test’ online at least three days in advance. The test costs £50 and is non-refundable, even if you fail.
  • Test Centres: There are over 30 test centres across UK, making it convenient to find a location near you.
  • Preparation Material: The official handbook for the ‘Life in the UK Test’ is the best way to prepare for the test. It covers all the relevant information, required to ace the test.
  • Test Format: During the test, you will have 45 minutes to answer 24 multiple-choice questions about British traditions and customs, on a computer.
  • Passing Criteria: The pass percentage is 75%, which means you need to answer 18 questions correctly.
  • Test Results: You can get your score immediately after the test and based on the score either a pass or a fail certificate will be issued.
  • Required Documents: Documents required to be carried to the test centre are - Proof of Identity and Proof of Address.
  • Time Allocation: For the entire process to get over, it will take around 2 hours. This includes an identity check on arrival and the test duration of 45 minutes.

Exemptions from the Test

You need not appear for the test if you are under 18 or over 65 years of age. Additionally, you will not be required to give the test if you have a long-term physical condition or a mental condition and you provide either a form or a letter from the doctor confirming the same.

Finally, if you have passed the test before as part of the ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain) application, you don't need to retake it.

Additional Information and Support

For more information and assistance:

  • Contact ‘Life in the UK Test’ Helpline: Call on 0800 015 4245 from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..
  • Visit the official website: Go to for further details.

Obtaining British citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain depends on you successfully passing your ‘Life in the UK test’. So prepare diligently, familiarise yourself with the British customs and traditions and approach the test confidently. Your journey towards a new life in UK awaits!


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