For this article I will be answering the most common question we receive on a daily basis, how to pass the Life in the UK test?
I will share with you my experience in taking the test and explain the exact method I used to pass the Life in the UK test.
Please keep in mind that this test is just like any other test you would have taken in the past, there’s no magic formula or shortcut to achieve the pass mark.
That being said, here are my tips for passing the Life in the UK test:
Revise for the test
There’s no getting away from it, if you want to pass your Life in the UK test in 2020, you will need to put in the time and effort to ensure you get as much revision as possible.
You will need the Life in the UK: A Guide for New Residents handbook, this book contains all the answers to the questions you’ll face.
There are multiple formats available, I found the paperback version most convenient because I could take it to work and read on my lunch break or on the bus at my own convenience.
The book is fairly lengthy, I would recommend reading one chapter at a time, do not try to power through the book in 1 or 2 days, this will not work. I tried this cramming method and took a practice test straight after and failed.
Tip: You could set yourself a time-frame to complete the revision, my goal was to finish it in 10 days, set yourself a similar time-frame and give yourself the time to absorb what you’ve read.
Practice → Practice → Practice
Once you’ve completed your revision, it’s time to attempt a Life in the UK practice test. You’ve got 2 options here; I recommend using both:
- Practice online: The quickest and most convenient option is to practice for your Life in the UK test online, it’s fast and you get instant results. It’s also a bit easier because you can look at the possible answers, even if you don’t know the correct answer you can try eliminating the obvious wrong answers and take a guess from the remaining answers.
- Have someone else test you: Have someone else read out a few questions to you without listing any possible answers, this is a lot more difficult because you will have to actually remember what you read. This is especially useful for remembering things such as dates and years.
Tip: Try to complete at least 2 (one each) Life in the UK mock test every day until you feel confident enough to book your real test.
The day before the test
Keep in mind, it’s quite natural for you to have nervous energy the day before the test. Just stick to your revision and practice schedule and you will pass, try to get at least 8 hours sleep to ensure your mind is fresh and rested for the next day.
Tip: Do not drink any alcohol the night before your test, even if you are struggling to fall asleep.
If possible, try and get to the test centre at least 45 minutes before your start time, this should give you just enough time to attempt a few more Life in the UK test practice questions. Go in to the test confident and you will pass.
Hopefully these tips have helped to answer any questions you have on how to pass the Life in the UK test. Remember, it’s just another test, do not put any added pressure on yourself, set a revision and practice schedule and you will pass your Life in the UK test.