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The Life in the UK test is a computer-based test that is one of the requirements for anyone seeking Indefinite Leave to Remain in the United Kingdom or naturalization as a British citizen. It is intended to prove that the applicant has sufficient knowledge of British life and adequate English language proficiency. The test is a requirement according to the 2002 Nationality, Immigration, and Asylum Act. It consists of 24 questions dealing with subjects such as British values, history, traditions, and everyday life.


Online based exam: Life in the UK Test.

Start date: We enroll 365 days a year at any time.

Who is it for?

If you have been legally living in the United Kingdom for a certain period of time-usually five years. You can apply for indefinite leave to stay which requires living in the UK test. You can also check that you are eligible under the form.

Categories that allow an application for permanent residence in the United Kingdom include:

  • Legal residence – after five years (for example, spent on a Tier 2 visa)
  • Marriage or partner of a British citizen or a person settled in the UK – five years, all of which must be spent on the spouse/partner visa.
  • Long residency – after ten years of legal residency.

What do we do?

All our students are given access via their own personal login and password to our online campus. Once logged in, you can access the materials, lessons, resources, and assignments of your course in your own time. Assignments are uploaded via your account, and the process is intuitive and simple. Our Campus Online includes:

  • Access to all the materials of your course 24/7/365 that includes: All lessons, assignments, and resources. that are available from the moment you enroll.
  • Access to your course immediately after you enroll-start studying straight away!
  • Integrated messaging and chat systems, so you can contact your tutor Anytime! Anywhere!
  • Online assignment uploads to save time and feedback on return marks.
  • Links to available additional resources and course information
  • Self-led learning in all courses-study your own time and work at your own pace through your assignments
  • Our secure servers keep a safe e-portfolio of your work under lock and key systems.
  • Progress bar to show the work you’ve done and how many tasks you still have to complete during your course.
  • Detailed assistance center with step–by–step instructions on how to get the most out of your course and upload assignments and contact your tutor.

Course Contents:

Chapter 1: The values and principles of the UK

  • The values and principles of the UK
  • Becoming a permanent Citizen
  • Taking life in the UK

Chapter 2: What is the UK?

Chapter 3: A long and illustrious history

  • Early Britain
  • The middle Ages
  • The Tudors and the Stuarts
  • A global power
  • The 20th century
  • Britain since 1945

Chapter 4: A modern, Thriving Society.

  • The UK today
  • Religion
  • Customs and traditions
  • Sports
  • Arts and culture
  • Leisure
  • Places of interest.

Chapter 5: The UK government, the law, and your role

  • The British constitution.
  • The government.
  • The UK and international institutions.
  • Respecting the Law.
  • Fundamental principles
  • Your role in the community


You will book the test on the official website You will need to select your preferred test location from a list of available test centers. There is no difference in test difficulty between the test centers and we advise you to use the closest one.

You must score 75% or more to pass the test. This is equivalent to answering 18 or more out of 24 questions correctly.

What is the Test?

The Life in the UK Test is part of the UK requirement for knowledge of language and life.

How much does it cost to book the test?

The fee for taking a test is £ 50. This is the total fee that you are supposed to pay. If you pay more than £ 50, you are likely to use third-party providers to book the test on your behalf.

How to book the test?

You will book the test on the official website You will need to select your preferred test location from a list of available test centers. There is no difference in test difficulty between the test centers and we advise you to use the closest one.

What documents do I need to book the test?

The exact same photo ID you used to book your test will have to be presented to you. This is very significant. If you don’t bring that identical ID, you won’t be allowed to take the test, and you won’t get a refund.

You will need to show proof of your address with a document that shows your full name and the postcode that you used to book your test (this document must be no longer than 3 months old). This document can be the following:

  • Council Tax Act
  • UK photocard driving license
  • Bill for gas, electricity or water
  • Home Office letter with your name and address on it
  • Bank or credit card statement (this statement must be an original statement by your bank, printed and stamped)

You will not be allowed to take the test if you do not bring one of these documents.

What time should I get to the test centre?

After you book your Life in the UK test, the government will send you an email telling you what time to arrive at the test center.

You will spend 2 hours at the test center.

If you do not show up on time, your test might be canceled and no refund will be given to you. If your appointment is canceled you will have to book another test and pay the £50 again!

Make sure you know exactly where your test center is and you give yourself plenty of time to get there. Ideally, you should practice beforehand how to get to the test center, so you know how much time it will take you to get there (with your own car or with public transit). That way, on your test day you will not have to rush and will arrive more relaxed.

What happens when you get to the Test Centre?

Upon arriving at the test center, staff will ask for your ID and will confirm that you are on their list. You might be told where the toilet and the drinking water are. Staff will give you a number and a document explaining how the test works. You will be asked to turn off all electronic devices.

Then you will take a seat in a room with other persons who are also taking the test. You will have to wait for your number to be called. When your number is called, you will go into an office where you will be asked for the ID you used to book your test, and for your document showing proof of address. You might be asked information about your documents, such as full name, date of birth, postcode, or nationality. This is to confirm that you are the person you say you are. If everything is acceptable, you will sign a form and you will be taken to the test room.

What happens during the test?

You will be shown to a desk and you will have to put your ID on the desk. Next to the computer, instructions will explain what to expect and how to take the test. You will have to wait for all the people taking the test with you to go through the same verification process before entering the test room to be seated for the test.

Once everybody is in the test room, staff will go to each computer and open the test software. They will also verify your ID again.

Five minutes before the test, you will be able to take a short practice test (4 questions) to get used to the test interface. Make use of it and get used to how to go to the next or previous questions, and how to directly access the questions by clicking on their squares.

If you need to go to the toilet or drink some water, you must do so before the actual test starts.

You will have 45 minutes to take the test, so take your time answering each question. Do not press the “Finish Test” button unless you are 100% sure that you are finished the test. Once you press it, there is no going back.

What to learn for the test?

You need to know the information contained in the 3rd edition handbook. Life in the United Kingdom: A guide for new residents, 3rd Edition. Every single question in the official test will be based on this book.

What is the pass mark for the test?

You must score 75% or more to pass the test. This is equivalent to answering 18 or more out of 24 questions correctly.

You only need to pass the test once – you don’t need to pass the test again if you’re applying to become a British citizen and previously passed the life in the UK test as part of your settlement (ILR) application.

How difficult is the official test?

The official test selects 24 randomly generated questions from the database, making every single test unique in terms of difficulty. Our sample tests cover all of the essential facts that you should know for the test, so you can rest assured regardless of the questions that come up in your test.

Should I bring members of Friends & Family to the Centre?

Test centers have no childcare and no waiting area for family members, so do not take your children or relatives with you to your test.

Behavior at the Centre?

If you are threatening or verbally abusive to the test center staff in any way, you will be asked to leave (with no refund), and you will be reported to the Home Office and to the police. It might affect your application, so please be respectful to the test center staff.

Rules in the test room:

You won’t be allowed to bring any written material, electronic devices, bags or wristwatches into the test room with you. The test center will have lockers for you to use to hold any of these items. You will be searched before entering the test room.

You must remain silent during the test. If you are unruly, you will be asked to leave, and you won’t receive a refund.

Do not cheat during the test. If you are caught cheating or attempting to cheat, you will be reported to the Home Office and the police. You will not be allowed to take the test and it might affect your British citizenship or settlement application.

Tips for passing the test:

  • Read the handbook many times before your test day
  • Take a lot of practice tests before your test day
  • Be very careful to enter the correct information when booking your test
  • Eat well (but not too heavily) before the test so you are not hungry during the test
  • Get a good night’s sleep before the test
  • Arrive on time at the test center
  • Use the toilet before your official test starts

You are allowed 6 incorrect answers but answer ALL the questions. Take your time during the test, relax, read the questions carefully. The test software allows you to go back to each question and change the answer (until you press “Finish test”).

After the test?

Once you finish your Life in the UK test, raise your hand. A staff member will give you a number. You will have to wait in the reception area for your test result (you won’t get your exact mark). You will be called to an office where you will have to show your ID again. If you have passed, you will be given a Pass Notification Letter that you will have to sign. Do not leave the test center before you are given this letter, otherwise, it will be destroyed.

Don’t lose this letter as you will have to send the original, with your citizenship or settlement application to show that you have passed the test. If you have lost this letter, call the Home Office, they’ll tell you what to do (Home Office lost pass letters telephone 03001 232 253).

If you fail the test?

You can re-take the test as many times as you need to, but you will have to wait 7 days before you will be able to book your test again.

Do you need help preparing for your Life in the UK test? We have helped thousands of people pass their tests, check out our Life in the UK Test – Complete Online Training Program.

FEES: £499

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