- Information about the test
- How to book your exam
- Studying for the test
- What to do on the day of the exam
- What happens if you pass
- What to do if you lose your pass certificate
- What happens if you fail
- Life in the UK Test fee
- Pass certificate validity
- Required pass rate
- Frequently asked questions
- How can I get help from the IAS
Life in the UK Test
Before you can settle in the UK, you must demonstrate your commitment to British customs.
You will not only be tested on your knowledge of English language, but you will also be asked to pass an exam about customs and traditions in the UK.
The Life in the UK test is multiple-choice examination, and you will have 45 minutes to answer a total of 24 questions.
You need to book the test online, and all the items are based on the official British Citizenship Handbook, released by the UKVI.
Important information about the Life in the UK Test
The test covers different topics such as the history of the UK, customs and traditions and the UK’s laws and political systems. Before you take the test, you must consider the following:
- Questions are randomly chosen by the computer
- You have 45 minutes to answer 24 questions
- The minimum pass mark is 75%
- It costs £50 to book and attend the test
How to book the Life in the UK Test
You can only reserve your place through the official tool provided by the Home Office on the government website. The test must be booked at least 3 days in advance.
There are over 30 accredited centres in the UK, but you can only choose one of the five centres which are closest to where you live. If you submit your request to a centre that does not meet this condition, you will not be allowed to sit the test.
How to prepare for the Life in the UK Test?
All questions in your test will be taken randomly from the official handbook released by the UKVI. This guide includes sample questions and answers, that you can use to practice the test. Your exam will cover the following topics:
- UK history
- The British government
- UK geography
- Local culture
What should I do on the day of my test?
It is essential to arrive on time on the day of your test, otherwise you will not be allowed to sit the exam.
Do not forget to bring one of the accepted forms of identification with you (such as your passport or your Biometric Residence Permit) and a valid proof of address. This must show your name and your postcode, and must be dated within three months of the day of the test.
If you fail to present these documents, you will not be able to take the test.
What happens if I pass my Life in the UK Test?
Once you finish the test, you must remain in the building until the results are available. If you have passed the exam you will receive a Pass Notification, which you will need to sign.
Please note that if you leave the centre before you are given your results, your test will be invalidated.
What should I do if I lose my Pass Notification Letter?
You need to submit your original Pass Notification to the Home Office, along with your documentation. If you have lost your Pass Notification, you need to request a new one before you can proceed with your application, since the UKVI cannot accept any copy of this paper.
If you cannot find either your pass certificate or your test ID number, the Home Office may ask you to sit the test again.
What happens if I fail my test?
If you don’t pass the test, you will be unable to progress with your settlement application. You can retake the test after seven days, and you can resit it as many times as is needed.
How much does the exam cost?
It costs £50 to sit the test. If you fail the exam, if you were late, or if you do not attend to your exam, this fee will not be reimbursed. You are entitled for a refund only if the test centre cancels the exam.
How long is the Life in the UK certificate valid?
What is the pass rate for the Life in the UK Test?
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If you are applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain after living in the UK for a length of time, you may need to take the Life in the UK test. You will need to take the test if you are:
- Applying for legal residence after 5 years in the UK, for example, on a Tier 2 work visa
- Applying for legal residence as the spouse or partner of a British citizen or settled person
- Applying for legal residence after 10 years in the UK
There are certain people who will not need to complete the UK citizenship test as part of their application. If you meet any of the following requirements, you will not have to complete the like in the UK test.
- are under 18 or over 65
- have passed it before – for example, if you’re applying to become a citizen and already passed it as part of your settlement application
- have a long-term physical or mental condition – you must provide either a form or letter from a doctor confirming your physical or mental condition
The questions are split into five different categories:
- UK values and principles
- Geography of the UK
- History of the UK
- Society in the UK
- UK Government and your role within this
As you can see, the questions cover a wide range of topics related to life in the UK, so it’s important that you study everything in detail as there is no way to know which questions will be asked of you. There are study guides available and you can try taking the life in the UK test online to test your knowledge.
Alongside knowledge of life in the UK, you will also need to demonstrate knowledge of the English language. Applicants can prove knowledge of the English language by either having:
- An English qualification at B1, B2, C1 or C2 level
- A degree taught or researched in English
There are a few exceptions to the knowledge of the English language requirement. Applicants over 65, or anyone who is unable to take the test as the result of a long-term physical or mental condition, will not have to provide this evidence. You will need to provide a doctor’s note confirming your condition.
If you are a resident of any of the following countries, you will be automatically exempt from the English language requirements, but you will still need to pass the Life in the UK test.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Bahamas
- New Zealand
- The Republic of Ireland (for citizenship only)
- St Kitts and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
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