Most frequently asked Questions (FAQ) about the Life in the UK test (also known as the British Citizenship test)

Here are the Most frequently asked Questions (FAQ) about the Life in the UK test (also known as the British Citizenship test):

What is the Life in the UK Test (British Citizenship) Help line and How can I call the helpline from anywhere in the World for FREE ?

Answer: Please visit the link below

Life in the UK Helpline 0800 0154245 How can they help?

One of the Most commonly asked questions is what is the life in the UK test expiry date?

The Life in the UK test result does NOT expire ! BUT if you loose the test result certificate you might have to do the test again !!!

What is the Easiest way to Pass this test? How should I prepare? This Can be done very easiyly as below

Try (Don’t worry about what you already know or what you don’t know or the Result!!! This will measure your baseline knowledge and get you fully 100% ready for the test in just 5 hours!)

  1. Read the Chapter Summaries of the Home Office Book
  2. Try Chapter 1 Exam ,Chapter 2 ExamChapter 3 Exam, Chapter 4 Exam, Chapter 5 Exam until you get 80% for each and every chapter test !
  3. Try the Final Exam Again (Try until you get above 90% to make sure you are ready)

Our training program at (Used by more than 10000 test takers to Pass ) guides you through the above process effortlessly!!!

Life in the UK Test: 6 Quick Facts

  1.    You need to Pass this test for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and British Citizesnship
  2.    There are 24 multiple choice questions
  3.     45 minutes to complete the test (You get nearly 2 minutes per Question)
  4.     The pass mark is 75% (18 questions correct out of 24)
  5.     Each attempt to pass the test costs £50
  6.     The test is conducted at around 60 Life in the UK Test Centres across the UK, (Make sure that you bring the SAME documents and IDs that you used to book the test, to prove your identity) If you have problems or complaints then contact By telephone on 0800 015 4245, Mon – Fri between 8:00am and 6:00pm
    By post at: Test Operations Manager, learndirect Ltd, Dearing House, 1 Young Street, Sheffield, S1 4UP
  7.     Test Result is given soon after you Finish the test !, but you have to wait for all the others to finish.
  8.     ** If you loose the Pass Notification letter (that you get after you pass) You have do pay £50 and do the test again !!! If you lose your results letter, please contact the Home Office!
  9. If you FAIL then you can book and take the exam again in 7 days (waiting period between tests is 7 days)
  10. The test Pass, is valid for ever, it does NOT Expire !
  11. You can change the time and date of your test up to 7 days before your test for Free. If you change the time and date within 7 days of your test, you have to pay again and book a new test (and a time)

Stupids things that will make you FAIL this test

  1. Not taking this test seriously enough – make no mistake this is one THE most important tests in your life (probably the most important) just imagine the gravity of not being able to become a British citizen just because you didn’t pass this simple but critical test !!!!

  2. This is not a common sense test !, there is a specific syllabus to be studied meticulously and there is a smart way to study and there is a sure Fail stupid way to study. So don’t think you are going to Ace the test just by relying on your common sense, or just by reading the Home Office web site.

  3. Cram last minute – Please don’t try to study last minute, with just 1 or 2 days before the exam, it’s stressful and you will Fail ! And loose your £50, the study process and smart study techniques we have developed have been used by 1000s to pass this test, and they are all available to you NOW!

  4. Not knowing about the test – This is a simple test of 24 questions out of which you need to get 18 correct to score the pass mark of 75%. You get 45 minutes, so about 2 minutes per question. If you fail you can pay £50 and book and retake the test after 7 days. Number of retries are unlimited, but each attempt will cost £50 and 7 days of waiting !

  5. Using Wrong material – there are so many websites, that pretend to help you pass the Life in the UK test, some charge money !, before you select a specific course check and see their pass rates, who designed the course (our course was designed by British University academics). Passing is about using the correct study material.

New Language Requirements (Life in the UK Test and B1 CEFR level)

As of 10/28/2013, there are two parts of the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK that have to be passed by all applicants who wishes to settle and be naturalized for British citizenship. Those requirements are:

  1. Passing the “Life in the UK Test”

  2. The applicant must have a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher or its equivalent.

The applicants can take the language course at any institution as long as they will be able to achieve the qualification required. Listed below are the qualifications to be considered equivalent to B1 CEFR:

  • Qualifications covering speaking and listening at B1 or above from the Secure English Language Test (SELT) list in the Immigration Rules, Appendix O. For the complete SELT list, please visit the website

  • Qualifications in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Entry Level 3, Level 1 or Level 2, that include speaking and listening and that have been regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (Ofqual). The qualification must be listed as an ESOL qualification on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications and have been taken in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. The Ofqual register is available at the website

  • A National Qualification in ESOL at Scottish Qualifications Framework (SCQF) levels 4, 5, or 6 awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority

There are certain groups of people who do not need to be certified as B1 CEFR qualified either because English is their native language or they have obtained a degree-level qualification or higher. The degree-level qualification or higher must be equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree, or a doctorate level qualification in the UK as deemed by UK NARIC.

Applicants from the following countries do not need to meet the second requirement since English is the major language.

  • Antigua and Barbuda

  • Australia

  • The Bahamas

  • Barbados

  • Belize

  • Canada

  • Dominica

  • Grenada

  • Guyana

  • Jamaica

  • New Zealand

  • St. Kitts and Nevis

  • St. Lucia

  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • United States of America

One thing that the applicants from the countries mentioned above must keep in mind is that they still have to pass the “Life in the UK Test”.

Passing “The Life in the UK Test” is one of the critical requirements that applicants have to meet to be granted with Indefinite Leave to remain (ILR) and/or British Citizenship. This test can only be taken in the UK. The test centers are strategically located all over the country. The complete list of the test centers can be found by clicking this link

“Life in the UK Test” covers a wide range of topics like UK’s history, customs and traditions, laws and UK’s political system. This test is computer based and applicants are given different sets of questions to avoid cheating.

Test result is readily available because it is immediately provided to the test taker. A pass notification letter will also be provided to the successful test taker. The letter is available at the Home Office online.

Lost Life in the UK Test Certificates

If you have lost or misplaced your life in the UK test pass certificate (which you received when you passed the life in the UK test) you need to find your “TEST ID NUMBER”. There is an electronic record of the certificate kept at the Home Office computers. You will NOT be able to get a copy of the Life in the UK test certificate from your test centre. According to Home Office guideliens, You will be able to use a cover letter, to inform the Home Office that you have lost or misplaced your certificate. If you can provide the “TEST ID NUMBER” in the cover letter (when you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain(ILR) or for settlement as a British citzen) then you will NOT have to retake the Life in the UK test!

Is the British citizenship test available in Urdu / Hindi / Punjabi / Chinese / French etc

“Life in the UK Test” is only available in English. Yet applicants have the option to take the exam in Gaelic or in Welsh as long as they have submitted a request prior to the date of the actual test.

Applicants do NOT need to retake this test for naturalization application if they’ve already passed it when they applied for settlement (ILR=Indefinite leave to remain). The applicant must tick the corresponding box in the naturalization form indicating that this exam has been taken and passed during the settlement application.

There are of course forms of identification that test takers need to bring the exam date. To get the complete list of the valid forms of identification, please click on this link:

The website offers a 5 hours guaranteed training program about “Life in the UK Test”. After the training, applicants will receive information and other essential details about the test through a newsletter. Also there is Free personalised help offered.

We have summarised (it’s easier and smarter to read this and remember all the Facts than read the whole book and forget most of it!) the book from the Home Office “A Journey to Citizenship Handbook-A Guide for New Residents-3rd Edition” and can be found at

5 chapters in the smart study summary are:

  • Chapter 1: The Values and Principles of the UK

  • Chapter 2: What is the UK

  • Chapter 3: A Long and Illustrious History

  • Chapter 4: A Modern, Thriving Society

  • Chapter 5: The UK Government, the Law and Your Role

What is UKBA, what happened to it? where did it go?

It was closed down by the then Home Secretary and now Prime Minister Theresa May for being a troubled organisation and was stated that “its performance was not good enough”
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) {}, was the former agency responsible for securing the United Kingdom’s borders and controlling migration was the border control agency of the Government of the United Kingdom and part of the Home Office that was superseded by UK Visas and Immigration {} in April 2013