The new revised handbook for Life in the United Kingdom Test: A Guide to New Residents gives a more precise picture of how it is to live in the United Kingdom today. Deleting mundane matters in the second edition, the handbook now gives emphasis on the nation’s history and principles. Effective October 28, 2013, an updated test has to be passed by all examinees for British citizenship.
It is strongly suggested that the handbook be reviewed chapter by chapter. For thorough learning, a chapter at a time should be studied. After a chapter is completed, it would be best to take a practice test. Only when you pass the practice test for the first chapter do we recommend that you proceed to the next chapter.
Unlike the previous editions, the third edition (2013) consists only of five chapters. However, upon further scrutiny, it has 11,500 more words and contains 210 dates to memorize. Therefore, the new edition is longer but contains more information to learn and understand.
Chapter summaries are now readily available online. Herewith are the links:
This focuses on the standards, morals and ethics in the United Kingdom. It also includes the procedure in becoming a British citizen. This is summed up in the vow of British citizens.
This is the shortest chapter in the five chapters as it aims only to answer the question of what is the United Kingdom. This chapter discloses the official name and countries composing the kingdom.
This is the longest chapter in the handbook as it details extensively the grand history of the kingdom starting from the Stone Age until 2010. This chapter includes people and events during early Britain, the Middle Ages, the Tudors and Stuarts periods, the global power, the twentieth century, World War 1, World War 2 and Britain after the war. It also chronicles the wars where Great Britain was involved in throughout the centuries, such as the battle against the Vikings to the latest conflict with Iraq and Afghanistan. It touches on the effects of the Black Death, a plague in 1348, to the country and the gradual transformation in the legal and political set-up in kingdom.
It also features the life story of the famous kings and queens of Great Britain. Furthermore, this chapter cites the distinguished Englishmen noted for their brilliant contributions to society in their different fields of endeavour, such as world renowned writer, William Shakespeare, and outstanding politicians, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher.
This chapter talks about the modern day United Kingdom, its religion, way of life, norms, arts and culture, leisure activities, sports and tourist attractions.
This is the last chapter which deals on the democratic parliamentary government of the United Kingdom as headed by a monarch. It also covers the laws, and the legal system as a whole, of the land. This stresses the responsibilities and benefits of each and every citizen residing in the kingdom.