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To be eligible for settlement in the UK or British citizenship, you are required to successfully pass the Life in the UK Test, demonstrating your knowledge of British customs.
If you have any inquiries or concerns regarding the Life in the UK Test, our immigration lawyers are available to provide assistance. Feel free to call us at 0333 0124 253 for immediate help and support. Whether you prefer assistance in person, over the phone, or online, we are here to help guide you through the process.

Life In The Uk Test

The Life in the UK Test, also referred to as the British citizenship test, is a requirement for individuals applying for British citizenship or settlement.

This test assesses your knowledge of British customs and allows you to demonstrate your commitment to the values and traditions of the UK. During the test, you will be asked a series of multiple-choice questions about customs and traditions in the UK.

Key details about the Life in the UK Test include:

  • It is a multiple-choice examination.
  • You will have 45 minutes to answer a total of 24 questions.
  • You need to book the test online.
  • The questions are based on the official British Citizenship Handbook, released by the UKVI.

Successfully passing the Life in the UK Test is a crucial step in the citizenship or settlement application process, affirming your understanding of and commitment to life in the United Kingdom.

The Life in the UK test is a requirement for individuals making either a British citizenship or settlement application in the UK. Specifically, those who need to take the test include:

  1. Applicants for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

 This applies to individuals who have lived in the UK for a specified period, such as after 5 years on a Skilled Worker Visa, as the spouse or partner of a British citizen or settled person, or after 10 years in the UK.

  1. Applicants for British Citizenship

Individuals applying for British citizenship are also required to pass the Life in the UK Test. If they have not already taken and passed the test as part of a previous settlement application, they will need to do so before submitting their citizenship application.



In summary, anyone seeking to settle in the UK or obtain British citizenship is generally required to take the Life in the UK test as part of their application process.

Certain individuals are exempt from the Life in the UK Test. If you meet any of the following criteria, you will not be required to complete the test as part of your application:

  1. Age Exemption

   – Individuals under the age of 18

   – Individuals over the age of 65

  1. Previous Passing of the Test

   – If you have passed the Life in the UK Test before, for instance, as part of a previous settlement application.

  1. Health Exemption

   – Individuals with a long-term physical or mental condition that severely restricts their ability to learn English, prepare for the test, or prevents them from speaking or learning English to a required standard.

   – A form or letter from a doctor confirming the physical or mental condition is typically required.

It’s important to note that the health exemption is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If you are uncertain whether you qualify for an exemption, seeking advice is recommended to avoid any issues or delays in your British citizenship application.

Life in the UK Course

To prepare for the Life in the UK test, you can utilise our course available.

This course features numerous sample test questions, each addressing common topics and areas that frequently arise in the Life in the UK test. The course questions encompass a variety of formats, including multiple-choice and true or false. In the event of an incorrect answer, you will receive a brief explanation to enhance your understanding of the mistake.

We offer a Group Training, 1-1 Training or 1 week Training. If you would like to enroll in one of our training, you can contact us at 0333 0124 253 to ask for assistance on how to enroll.


How to prepare for the Life in the UK Test?

All questions in your examination will be randomly selected from the official handbook released by the UKVI. This handbook provides sample questions and answers that can be utilized for test practice. The exam will encompass the following topics:

– UK history

– The British government

– UK geography

– Local culture

To adequately prepare for your actual test, it is strongly recommended that you acquire a copy of the official Life in the UK Test book and engage in some practice tests. The current official guide, “The Official Life in the United Kingdom – A Guide for New Residents (3rd edition),” comprehensively covers all the essential knowledge required for test success.

In addition to the official guide, we also offer a course subscription designed to assist you in preparing for the test.

What happens during the Life in the UK Test?

During the Life in the UK Test, it is crucial to arrive on time; otherwise, you will not be permitted to take the exam.

Ensure you bring one of the accepted forms of identification, such as your passport or Biometric Residence Permit, along with a valid proof of address displaying your name and postcode, dated within three months of the test day. Failure to present these documents will result in being unable to take the test.

Please refrain from bringing any dependents or children with you.

The test is conducted on a computer, and you will have 45 minutes to complete it. Throughout the test, you will be presented with 24 questions covering diverse topics, including the history of the UK, customs and traditions, and the UK’s laws and political systems. All questions are randomly selected by the computer.

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What happens if I pass my Life in the UK Test?

If you pass your Life in the UK Test:

Upon completion of the test, you must stay in the building until the results are available.

If you pass, you will be provided with your Unique Reference Number (URN) at the test centre. The URN is crucial when applying for British Citizenship or settlement, as the Home Office will use it to verify that you have fulfilled the Life in the UK Test requirement.

Leaving the test centre before receiving your results will invalidate your test.


If you passed your test before December 17th, you will not have a URN. Instead, you will receive a pass notification letter with a test reference ID for use.

Successful completion of the test allows you to proceed with your citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain application, provided you have met the other requirements.

What happens if I fail my Life in the UK Test?

Failure to pass the test means you cannot progress with your settlement application.

You can retake the test after seven days and can resit it as many times as needed.

If you decide to retake the test, you must book a new test using the same process and pay the £50 fee again.

Progressing with your settlement or citizenship application is only possible after passing the test, so you will need to continue retaking it until successful if you wish to proceed with your application.


How can PLS assist me with the Life In The UK Test?

  1. Test Preparation

Our expert lawyers can guide you in preparing for the Life in the UK Test. This includes offering advice and providing revision materials if needed.

  1. Booking Support

If you require assistance in booking the test, our team can provide the necessary support.

To benefit from our services, get in touch and schedule your initial advice session with one of our immigration lawyers. This session will provide you with more information on how PLS can support you in successfully navigating the Life in the UK Test.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The pass rate for the test is 75%, meaning that you must get at least 18 correct answers out of the 24 questions.

The Life in the UK Test can be quite challenging as it assesses your knowledge across various aspects of British history, customs, traditions, and general life in the UK.

The test questions are categorised into five distinct sections, covering the following areas:

  1. UK values and principles
  2. Geography of the UK
  3. History of the UK
  4. Society in the UK
  5. UK Government and your role within this

To perform well on this exam, thorough preparation is essential. It is important to revise each category diligently. Reading the official guidebook and engaging in practice tests can significantly contribute to making the test more manageable. Proper preparation is key to success in the Life in the UK Test.

Yes, even if you have a degree and may use it to fulfill the English language requirement for your citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application, you are still required to take the Life in the UK Test.

The test is specifically designed to assess your knowledge of UK history, customs, and British traditions, and passing it is a mandatory component of the application process for citizenship or settlement in the UK