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What is the British Citizenship Test?

If you want to apply for British citizenship (or Indefinite Leave to Remain) you will need to take the British citizenship test.

You must score at least 75% to pass the test, which is based on the history, traditions and culture of the UK.

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What is the British Citizenship Test?

The British citizenship test, otherwise known as the Life in the UK test, is a series of multiple-choice questions based on the history, traditions and culture of the UK.

It is a test which must be taken and passed for those who wish to apply for British citizenship by naturalisation or Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.

In this blog post we explain everything you need to know about the British citizenship test.

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What You Need to Know About the British Citizenship Test

The British citizenship test consists of 24 multiple-choice questions and you must score 75% (18 out of 24) to pass the test. The cost of the test is £50 and it last for 45 minutes. You must book the test at least three days in advance of the test date.

The questions are based on British history, traditions and customs. A pass in the test will demonstrate that you have “sufficient knowledge of life in the United Kingdom”.

It is important that you give yourself enough time to prepare for the test. You will be asked questions based on the official handbook of the British citizenship test.

There is an e-Learning service which includes all the content which you need to prepare for the test, including mock questions and ‘Practice Q&A’. This subscription starts from £12.99.

The Official Life in the United Kingdom – A Guide for New Residents is priced at £12.99, and this covers all the topics and knowledge which you need for the test. You can find free practice tests online to help you prepare for the test too.

Booking and Attending Your Test

You need to book the British citizenship test online on the official government website. You will need an email address, debit or credit card and an accepted form of ID to book the test (passport, driving licence, biometric residence permit or similar).

Bear in mind that the name you give on your test booking should be an exact match with the name of your ID.

There are more than 30 test centres in the UK where you can take the test, and you can choose to take the test at the centre which most suits you.

When you go to the test centre, you will be asked to provide some identification. You must provide the same ID which you used to book your test. A photo will usually be taken on the day to confirm your identity.

You will also need to bring some documents to show proof of address too, such as a utility bill or letter from the Home Office. If you bring the wrong identification or if you are late to the appointment, you will not be able to take the test.

You should receive a decision very quickly after you have finished your test.

What Happens if I am Successful?

As mentioned above, you will need to score at least 75% to pass the test. If you are successful, you will get a unique reference number. This is the number which you will need to provide when you complete your application for citizenship.

Achieving a pass on the British citizenship test is a key step towards securing your British citizenship.

What Happens if I Fail the Test?

If you fail the test, you can take the test again after 7 days. You can take the test as many times as is needed. You will need to book a test and pay the full fee for every test you take.

Is it Possible to Cancel my Test?

Yes, it is possible to cancel your test. You should cancel your test as soon as possible if you cannot attend your test appointment. You will receive a full refund if you cancel your appointment at least 3 days before you are due to take the test.

If you cancel your appointment any sooner, you will not receive any refund. Also, bear in mind that if you are late to the appointment or you are ill and cannot attend the appointment, you will not receive a refund either.

However, if the test centre cancels the test you are entitled to a full refund.

Are There Any Exemptions?

The vast majority of people who wish to apply for UK settlement or British citizenship will need to take the British citizenship test.

However, you do not need to take the test if:

  • You are under 18
  • You are over 65
  • You have a long-term mental or physical condition

In the case of a long-term mental or physical condition, a doctor will need to provide confirmation that the condition is unlikely to change and that the it makes it impossible for the person to complete the test.

What are the Other Requirements for UK Citizenship?

As alluded to above, all those who wish to apply for British citizenship by naturalisation will need to fulfil other conditions.

The other British citizenship requirements are as follows:

  • Must be able to demonstrate ‘good character’
  • Must not have broken any immigration conditions or any other laws during your UK residency
  • Must be able to demonstrate that your English language ability is to at least the level of B1 in speaking, writing, listening and reading as set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (unless exempt)
  • Must not have spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the 12-months directly before the date on the application
  • Must not have spent more than 450 days outside the UK during your whole UK residency

How Birmingham Immigration Lawyers Can Help

Birmingham Immigration Lawyers can help you with the entire British citizenship application process, including full support with your British citizenship test.

We will help you to prepare for the test with mock questions and answers and through supplying materials to help you pass the test.

If you choose our application package, we will help you to gather all your information and documentation to prove your eligibility for citizenship, ensuring it adheres to all necessary administrative standards.

We will liaise with the Home Office throughout the processing stage, following up every step of the way.

To find out more about how we can help you to naturalise as a British citizen, please call us now on 0121 667 6530.