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Life In The UK Test - FAQs

Posted by: Gherson Immigration

Life In The UK Test - FAQs

What is the Life in the UK Test?

You will be required to take the Life in the UK Test as part of your application to naturalise as a British Citizen or to settle in the UK. There are over 30 Government approved test centres across the country where you can take the test.

You will not be required to take the test if you are under the age of 18 years old or if your are over the age of 65. Alternatively, if you have a long-term physical or mental condition, you may also be exempt from the taking the test, although you will be required to meet certain criteria before an exemption is approved.

What happens at the test?

You will have 45 minutes to answer 24 questions about British traditions and customs, all of which are in the form of multiple-choice questions. You must score 75% or more to pass the test. 

Your photo will also be taken on the day to confirm your ID. You must ensure that you take the same ID with you that you used to initially book the test. The acceptable forms of ID that you can use to book the test are:

  • A valid passport;
  • A valid travel document with a photo;
  • Biometric Residence Permit; or
  • Biometric Residence Card.

You must also ensure that the name that you provide when booking your test is the exact same as the name that is given on your ID. 

Once you have completed and passed the test, you will be provided with a ‘unique reference number’. You will be required to provide this reference number when completing any application to naturalise or settle in the UK.

If you fail the test, you will be required to wait 7 days before you are able to take the test again. You are able to take the test as many times as required. 

How do I book my life in the UK test?

You can book the Life in the UK test using the link below. The test will cost £50:

Can I cancel and receive a refund on my test?

If you are unable to attend your test, you must cancel it at least 3 days before you are due to take it. Only then will you receive a refund. To cancel your test, you must sign in to your ‘Life in the UK account’ online. 

Am I still able to book a test due to COVID-19?

You are still able to book a test online. A phased resumption of service at the centres will begin from 1 June 2020.

Please note that due to the limited services currently available, if you do book a test online you may be contacted by UKVI to notify you if for any reason your test needs to be rescheduled.

Gherson has extensive experience with all aspects of UK immigration law and services. If you have any questions or queries relating to the Life in the UK test, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.

©Gherson 2020


Sasha Lal 

  Sasha Lal

  Consultant and trainee solicitor in our Corporate Team

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