Home Office Pass and Fail Rates for the Life in the UK Test

The United Kingdom Home Office website includes statistical data with regard to many matters involving the kingdom. One of this data is the pass and fails rates on a yearly basis of the Life in the United Kingdom Test and its various categories.

In the 2007 citizenship test, applicants from five countries proved to be more British than British applicants. These countries are Poland, Finland, Germany and New Zealand.

On the other hand, the 2009 Citizenship test statistics showed the following:

  • Only twenty two per cent passed the citizenship test for the year;

  • Twenty five countries got a hundred per cent passing rate but this is due to the fact that they have very people taking the test from said countries. This constitutes fifty six new citizens. Topping the list is Comoros, a sovereign island nation in the Indian Ocean, with nine passed applicants;

  • The applicants comprising the thirty three per cent of those who failed the citizenship test come from Bangladesh, India, Iraq and Pakistan topping the list;

  • Eleven per cent of the applicants for the British citizenship in this year, consisting eleven per cent of the total, is India. Though it has a high failing rate, it also has the highest passing rate of twelve person of all who passed the examination;

  • Countries with a passing rate of ninety five per cent or more consist of Australia (98%), United States of America (97.7%), Switzerland (97.2%), Canada (96.9%), Slovenia (96%), Maldives (95.6%), Brunei Darussalem (95.5%), Japan (95.4%), Taiwan (95.4%) and Hungary (95.3%); and,

  • Countries where all applicants failed the Life in the United Kingdom Test for the said year are British Indian Ocean Territories, British Overseas Territories Citizen, Christmas Island, Netherlands Antilles and Timor-Leste.

The requirement for the passing of the English and Life in the United Kingdom Tests started only in 2005. Thus, there are other reasons for refusal of citizenship even if you have succeeded in passing the mandatory examinations. These reasons are, as follows:

  1. Incomplete applications of the candidate for citizenship. This is the highest reason for refusal in in 2006;

  1. Parent of the applicant had been found to be not a British citizen. This is the major refusal reason in 2007;

  1. Applicants are not of good character. In 2009, majority of refusals were due to this reason;

  1. Delay in replying to inquiries from the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA). This is the second major reason for refusal in 2007, next to the reason of a parent not a British citizen;

  1. Residence which was the major cause of refusal in 2004;

  1. Oath not taken in time as what happened in 2005, next to other reasons; and,

  1. Other reasons which happened in 2005.

The most common reasons for refusal for citizenship are failure to meet compulsory residence and having a dubious character. The only year where failure to pass the vital exams was the major cause for refusal was in 2007.