The Life in the United Kingdom test was launched by Tony Blairâ€™s government in November 2005. Since that time, thousands of people took this test and became British Citizens. To settle in a new country is a major change. The UK Government wants to make sure that candidates for settlement and eventually citizenship fully embrace British values, or – since this is quite hard to establish – that they at least are aware of what these values are. It is also the purpose of this test to make sure the newcomers know Britainâ€™s basic history, culture, traditions and political structure.
If you are elegible, and intend to become British Citizen, OR if you are elegible, and intend to settle in the United Kingdom on a permanent basis (ILR), you will have to take the Life in the UK test.
If your level of English is not high enough (ESOL 3 Minimum), you will have to take English classes combined with citizenship classes instead of taking the test.
How to test the level of your English? Your nearest local further education college or learndirect centre can evaluate your knowledge. To find your nearest learndirect centre, click here.
You can always call the Immigration and Nationality Enquiry Office at 0870-606-7766 for further information on whether or not you need to take the Life in the UK test.
Throughout UK, the test is offered in Engish, but in Wales and Scotland you can also take it in Welsh and Gaelic respectively. No other languages are supported.
The test should be passed by the candidate BEFORE applying for citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Make sure you satisfy all other requirements before applying.
Useful telephone numbers:
British Citizenship Helpline: 0845 010 5200
ILR Helpline: 0870 606 7766
Life in the UK Test Helpline: 0800 0154245