Naturalisation as a British citizen. Life in the UK test

As part of your application to naturalise as a British citizen, if you are between 18 and 65 years old, and you do not have a long-term physical or mental condition confirmed by a doctor, you must demonstrate knowledge of life in the UK.

To meet this requirement, you must successfully complete the Life in the UK test, which must be booked through Gov.UK website, here. It costs £50 and can be taken in one of the 30+ test centres across the UK.

If you already passed the test as part of your application for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), you are not required to sit it again.

You will have to answer in 45 minutes to 24 multiple choice questions based on the ‘Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents’ handbook. There are many version for sale online, but the official handbook can be bought online from here, from the official ahop of the Home Office.

The test is computer based and you will find out in the same day if you have passed it or failed it.

If you fail, you may re-sit the test as many times as necessary, until you pass.

If you pass, a notification letter will not be issued. You will be able to access your results via PSI’s account. PSI is the provider approved by Home Office to administer the test. You will receive an email with your unique reference number and you will need to include it on your application form.

Obviously, do not attempt to cheat! Do not send somebody else to pass the test on your behalf. They will have a photograph taken at the testing centre, to improve the integrity of the test. And even if you attend the test yourself, if Home Office officials will suspect that you used deception in relation to the test, that test will be disregarded and must be taken again.

The Life in the UK Test is about what UK is, about UK’s values and principles, history, society, government, and law. Some may find the learning process difficult. The handbook is full of information that some may consider irrelevant for the purposes of naturalisation. There were many debates about the difficulty of the test. It has been affirmed that many British citizens cannot pass the test themselves.

However, until its removal or reformation, the test must be passed in its current form and the only safe and acceptable way is to study all five chapters in the handbook. Good luck!

If you want to apply for British citizenship or for a British passport and need specialist advice, feel free to contact me. Please note that I am an accredited immigration adviser, not an employee of the UK Visas and Immigration. I charge fees for the advice provided.

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