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12 August 2021

Life in the UK Test: what you should know

We explain all the essential information regarding eligibility requirements and procedures for the life in the UK test to help you maximise your chances of success.
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Life in the UK Test Blog

By Oli Winter, Marketing Intern

If you are seeking naturalisation as a British citizen or looking to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, you may be required to pass the Life in the UK Test as part of your application.

The Life in the UK Test is a computer-based multiple choice assessment to confirm your eligibility for British citizenship or settlement in the UK. You will not be required to take the test if you are under the age of 18, 65 or over, or have existing long-term physical or mental conditions. You will only need to pass the test once.

Life in the UK Test booking

For your Life in the UK Test booking, you will need to apply via the official UK government website at least three days prior to the test date. You will need to pay £50 to book your test.

During the booking process, you will be able to select your preferred test centre from over 30 test centres around the UK. If you have a disability and need support accessing the centre or require additional equipment, you will be able to make a special request when you book.

Whilst making your booking, you will need to provide your email address, a debit or credit card, and an accepted form of identity document (ID). Accepted forms of ID include a valid passport, a travel document with a photo (excluding emergency travel documents), a biometric residence permit, or a biometric residence card. On the day of your test, you must bring the same ID that you used for your booking to confirm your identity.

Life in the UK Test requirements

The test consists of 24 questions over a duration of 45 minutes. In order to pass the test, you will be required to score 75% and above. If you fail the test, you will need to wait seven days before re-attempting. You will be able to take the test as many times as you need, however you will need to pay the £50 fee each time you rebook.

If successful, you will receive a unique reference number which will be used by the Home Office while completing your citizenship or settlement application. In the event that you misplace the letter carrying your unique reference number, you should send a letter to the Home Office explaining that you have lost it along with your application.

Cancellations and refunds

You are required to cancel your test using your Life in the UK online account if you are unable to be present on the day. Full refunds will be issued to the card you used for your booking if you cancel your test at least 72 hours (3 days) before you are due to take it. You will not be eligible for a refund if you cancel or rearrange your test within 72 hours. 

You will also be able to request a refund within three months of your Life in the UK Test date if the centre where you are taking the test cancels it. If you wish to file a complaint, this should also be submitted within three months of your test date.

Examples of when you do not need to take the Life in the UK Test

Not everyone has to take the Life in the UK Test; there are certain situations that mean you do not need to do it. 

You do not need to take the test if you:

Have passed it before; for example, as part of a settlement application

Are under 18

Are 65 plus

Have a long-term health condition; you must provide a letter from your doctor confirming your condition, regardless of if it is a physical or mental condition

How we can help you

Our expert legal team can help you with visa applications, naturalisation, citizenship issues, and anything else related to immigration. 

One of our team members will manage your case from start to finish. To begin the process, you can get in touch with us for a free 10-minute consultation; after this, you can book a longer paid consultation for either 30 minutes or 1 hour. 

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