Life in the UK Test

What is the Life in the UK test?

The Life in the UK Test is part of the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK requirement, or in short – the KoLL requirement.

All applicants for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK and British Citizenship have to fulfil the KoLL requirement. The KoLL requirement has two parts – the Life in the UK test and an English Language Requirement.

The purpose of the Life in the UK Test is to see whether the applicant has sufficient knowledge of life in the UK. The test consists of 24 multi-choice questions on British traditions and customs. The applicant has 45 minutes to answer all the questions and need a score of at least 75% to pass.

Who needs to take the Life in the UK test?

All persons who want to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or British Citizenship have to take the Life in the UK test.

There are some exemptions, which inter alia include;

  • Children younger than 18 years of age and persons older than 65 years of age;
  • Persons with such physical or mental condition that makes it impossible for them to take the test;
  • Persons on the adult dependent relative route;
  • Applicants on the retired person of independent means migration route;
  • Spouses of British citizens or persons settled in the UK who have been victims of domestic violence or whose spouse has died etc.

We recommend that you check with your consultant to make sure you are exempt.

EU citizens only need to take the test once they apply for British Citizenship. They do not need to take the test for their Indefinite Leave to Remain application.

What if I fail the Life in the UK test?

Persons who fail the test can take it again after a rest period of seven days.

It is possible to take the test as many times as you need to pass, but you will have to pay the £50 fee every time you do so.

How do I prepare for the Life in the UK test?

The Home Office recommends that applicants prepare for the test by studying the official handbook. The handbook is called “Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents” and can be ordered online.

Typical Life in the UK test questions

Below are just some of the typical Life in the UK tests multi-choice questions you can expect;

  • What is the role of the jury in a court trial?
  • At what age can you vote in the General Election in the UK?
  • What is the name of a novel by Jane Austen?
  • Name the capital city of the UK.
  • The name of the UK currency?
  • What type of government was formed after the General Election of 2016?

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