If you have an indefinite leave to remain status in the United Kingdom or If you have an indefinite leave to remain status in the United Kingdom or have been married to a British National for 3 years or more, you may be considering becoming a British Citizen.
One of the metrics of Naturalisation is passing the British Citizenship test also known as the life in the UK test. The test is a 24 multiple-choice exam question based on the knowledge that is considered should be known to all those who have spent a considerable amount of time in the United Kingdom.
Adel Jibs has put together some tips and information so that you know what to expect and give you the best chance of success in your application.
The test itself allows you to answer 24 questions within 45 minutes with no outside material that may support your answers.
As a multiple-choice test, you will be presented with multiple answers where you will need to choose the correct ones. To pass the life in the UK exam, you will need to get 75% of the questions correct.
Booking Your Test
The test costs £50, and the fee is payable at the time of booking. This test can be retaken as many times as you need but will need to wait for 7 days before you can book again and will need to pay a £50 fee each time.
You can use the online booking system to choose where you want your preferred center to be which is available around the UK.
To take the test, you will need the correct identification. Here are the accepted forms of ID:
- Valid passport
- Biometric residence permit
- Biometric residence card
- Valid travel document with a photo (Emergency travel document does not apply)
- Convention Travel Document (CTD)
- Certificate of Identity Document (CID)
- Stateless Person Document (SPD)
You will not be allowed to take the test if you cannot produce the correct ID to support your application and they will not refund you.
You, therefore, need to ensure that you give yourself enough time to gather all relevant documents before the test day.
To book the life in the UK test, you can book it using the online portal where you can select the appropriate date, time, and location.
You will need to verify your ID at this stage in order to complete the booking.
Once your booking is complete, you will receive a confirmation email from one of your chosen locations.
Preparing For The Exam
There are Home Office-approved learning materials available from Official Life in the UK.
We, therefore, recommend studying the book and practicing all the questions, and seeing how well you do.
The Life in UK test are questions of general knowledge, a search online could provide you with available material to enable you to prepare.
We recommend studying the book and practicing all the questions and seeing how well you do.
Remember, you need to pass 75% in order to pass the real exam. There are also many websites that offer practice tests online.
What To Expect On Exam Day
You should arrive at the location detailed in your confirmation email, where you will roughly be there 2 hours in total so be sure to arrive on time.
On arrival, you will have your ID checked and made to show proof of address.
It is therefore important that you bring original documents showing your name and address (must be no longer than 3 months old) – you can use any of:
Home Office Letter
UK photo card driving licence
Council tax bill
Utility bill i.e. gas/electricity/water
Printed bank/credit card statement stamped and signed by the branch
Once your identity has been confirmed, you will have a photo taken of yourself prior to taking the test and be allocated a locker for your valuables.
In the test room, your ID is checked again, and you will be seated at a computer to complete your Life in the UK test.
When the test begins, you will be provided with four practice questions (they don’t contribute to your score), and then you will complete the 24-question exam. You can flag any questions that you are unsure of the answer to, so you can answer them later in the test. Once you’re done, you’ll be returned to the waiting room.
You may need to wait a short while before your name is called, where you will be told if you have passed or not. If you have successfully passed the test, you will be given a ‘pass notification letter’.
You will need to keep this safe as you will need to provide this to the Home Office when we submit your Naturalisation application for your British Citizenship.
Don’t worry if you fail, you can take the test as many times as you need to.
If you have Indefinite Leave to Remain status or have been married to a British Citizen for 3 years or more and would like to apply for British Citizenship and would like to talk to our Immigration Solicitors in Enfield contact us on 02034173859