What is the Life in the UK test?

Everyone who applies to become a British Citizen or for permanent residence has to show their knowledge of the English language and of life in the United Kingdom in one of two ways. They can either take a special ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course, or they can take the Life in the UK test.

The test covers a number of topics including local customs and traditions, history of the United Kingdom and the laws and political systems that govern the country.

  • The test is made up of 24 multiple choice questions
  • The official questions are not published anywhere so you cannot see the exact questions you could be asked before the test
  • Questions are chosen at random by computer
  • You will have 45 minutes to complete the test
  • The pass mark is around 75%
  • The test costs 50

How do I prepare for the test?

Life in the UK 3rd editionLife in the UK tests are based on Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents, 3rd Edition handbook. Ensure you are fully prepared to take your test by also reading the Life in the United Kingdom: Official Practice Questions and Answers Book and Life in the United Kingdom: Official Study Guide.

These titles are also available as instantly downloadable PDFs which are ideal if you need to start revising today. We have also created value packs so you can purchase these items together and receive a discount.

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To help you practise for your test anywhere, any time. The only official Life in the UK Test iPhone app - a simple and convenient way to practise for your Life in the UK test on the go. Find out more.

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Take the free citizenship test

If you are unsure about using a computer, online training is available at http://lifeintheuktest.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Where can I take the test?

To find your nearest Life in the UK test centre, either go to http://lifeintheuktest.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk or call the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 0154245

Where can I find out more?

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Call the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 0154245.