The path to citizenship can be an exciting journey full of growth and learning. You may have heard by now that you will be required to pass a test in order to complete your application for citizenship or settlement in the United Kingdom. The exam you will be taking is called the Life in the UK Test.
There’s no need to panic about the test! In fact, taking a little time to prepare and study for the test will help you to move forward seamlessly with your application for citizenship or settlement. Knowing what to expect can help you to feel more confident about how to prepare. Take a look at the essential things to know about taking the citizenship test in the United Kingdom.
The entire test is done on a computer, you do not need to write anything.
You will have to answer 24 questions in 45 minutes, the Life in the UK test pass mark is 18 out of 24, that’s 75%.
You can try one of our Life in the UK test online to see an example of the test format, these are identical to the questions you will have to answer on your test day.
Life in the UK Test questions
The Life in the UK test questions will cover a wide range of topics related to past and current people, customs, and laws in the United Kingdom.
Topics can range from monarchies and lawmakers to pop stars and sporting events.
All the questions are taken from the official revision handbook, you must read through the Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents handbook before attempting any of our mock tests.
Types of questions
You’ll have to answer 4 types of questions, these are:
- True or False questions: These are in a standard true or false format where you will be given a statement and you will have to decide if the statement is true or false.
- Correct statement questions: For these questions, you will get two statements, one will be correct and one will be wrong, you have to choose the correct statement.
- Choose ONE answer questions: You will be asked a question with 4 possible answers, you must choose ONE (the correct one) answer from the 4 possible options.
- Choose TWO answers questions: These are similar to the “choose one answer” questions, but instead, you will need to choose TWO correct answers. Please note that you will need to choose both correct answers to get a point for this type of question.
Preparing for the test
It is nearly impossible to pass the citizenship test in 2020 without reading through the revision handbook.
You need to read through this book if you want to pass, only then should you start attempting a few Life in the UK test questions.
This isn’t a common-sense test, there are indeed a few easy questions and there are lots of questions relating to different dates.
I know personally that these are hard to remember, that’s why I have created this revision page to help you remember some important dates mentioned in the revision book.
Our Life in the UK practice tests
All of our Life in the UK mock tests will follow the same format as the real test, the only difference is that we have not assigned a time limit to any of them, this is to allow you to go over each question carefully and then double-check your answers.
Just like the real test, all the answers to our practice questions can be found in the Life in the UK: A Guide for New Residents handbook.
I can’t stress enough how important this Life in the UK test revision book is – please ensure you read it cover to cover to ensure you’re fully prepared.
How to book Life in the UK Test
It will be necessary to book your sitting for the test online at least three days before your desired test date. The fee for the test is £50. You can book your test online by providing the following:
- An email address.
- A debit or credit card.
- An accepted form of identification.
More than 30 testing spots are located throughout the United Kingdom. You will be given the option to choose one location out of the five locations that are closest to your residence. You must bring proof of your address with you on your testing date. Here are some acceptable ways to provide proof of address:
- An original gas, electric or water bill.
- A tax bill.
- A photo driving license for the United Kingdom.
- A bank or credit card statement.
Any form of proof that you bring must be dated within three months of your testing date. You are free to use either an original or printed copy of a bank statement. However, a printed statement must be stamped with ink or an electric stamp.
Important to know!
It is very important to only select a test centre that is close to where you live. Attempting to test at a centre that is not actually located near where you live will cause you to be turned away from the testing site when you show up on your testing day. In addition, you will not receive a refund for your testing fee.
Need to cancel your test?
You are free to cancel your test if you discover that you cannot make the date that you booked. You will only receive a refund if you cancel at least 72 hours before your scheduled test. Your refund will be sent to the card you used to pay your test fee. You can also ask for a refund if your test is cancelled by the testing centre.
You may need to arrange for childcare or caretaker plans if you have family members who depend on you for care or supervision. Test takers are not permitted to bring children or family members along with them when taking the exam. Planning as far in advance as possible is advised!
What happens after the test?
You will receive a notification letter informing you that you’ve passed your Life in the UK test if you answer 18 out of the 24 questions on the test correctly.
It will be necessary for you to send the original letter along with your citizenship or settlement application to prove that you have passed the test. Only one copy of this letter will be provided to you.
Important to know!
What happens if you misplace your pass notification letter for your Citizenship test? You will need to write a letter explaining the situation to send along with your citizenship or settlement application. Someone in the processing office will check the records to verify that you have received a passing score.
What if you fail the test?
You will need to wait seven days before taking the test again. You can take the test as many times as you need to pass. However, you will be required to register and pay each time you take the test.
Life in the UK Test FAQ
If you’re not familiar with the Life in the UK Test, it’s only natural that you will have a few questions before your test day. Here are the top 5 questions I had before taking my British Citizenship test, hopefully, it will help shed some light on any questions you have.
How many questions do I have to answer?
- The Life in the UK test consists of 24 multiple choice questions, the time limit is 45 minutes.
What is the Life in the UK test pass mark in 2020?
- You’ll need to answer at least 18 out of 24 questions correctly to pass the Life in the UK Test 2020 – that’s 75%.
How much does the Life in the UK test cost?
- Presently (2020), the test costs £50. Note: if you use a third-party booking service you will likely have to pay more.
Is the Life in the UK test easy?
- No, this is one of the most challenging test I’ve ever done, just make sure you revise and go through as many practice questions as possible before the test and you will pass.
Can I take the British Citizenship test online?
- No, the Life in the UK test can only be taken at an approved test centre, you can search for your nearest approved Life in the UK test centre when booking your test here.
Hopefully, this page has answered any questions you might have about the test. If you have a question that’s not listed above, please leave it in the comments section and I will answer it as soon as possible.