What you need to know about the British citizenship test

11 Jan 2023, 27 mins ago

Those wishing to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK (or British citizenship) may need to take a test confirming their knowledge of life in the UK before they can apply.

Below we answer some of the frequently asked questions about this test and the circumstances that require an applicant to sit it.

What is the Life in the UK Test?

Passing the test is generally required for applications involving ILR or citizenship applications for adults between the ages of 18 and 65. It covers British history, traditions, and customs. The test lasts up to 45minutes and asks 24 multiple choice questions. It is advisable to study the official handbook and undertake a number of practice tests which are available online free of charge, as many questions will require very specific answers. Once you are comfortable that you should be able to pass the test, you can book an appointment online. There are over 30 test centres across the UK, and the fee for the test is £50. You need to answer at least 75% of the questions correctly in order to pass. If you fail, you can retake the test until you pass.

Can I be exempt from these tests?

If you are under 18 or above the age of 65, you will not be required to take the test. If you are between the ages of 60-64, the Home Office may exercise discretion to waive this requirement, depending on your circumstances. If you 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, which may excuse you from this requirement. There are additional exemptions for applicants on the Windrush scheme.

How Gherson can assist

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