In 2017, over 120,000 people naturalized as British citizens. Naturalization is the process of acquiring British citizenship if you held (or still hold) foreign citizenship.
Are you interested in becoming a British citizen? If that’s the case, you’ll have to go through a lengthy naturalization process, including the Life in the UK test that tests your knowledge of British history.
If you are intimidated by this test, you’re in the right place. Here are some tips to help you pass the test and be on your way to British citizenship.
What is the Life in the UK Test?
Before we tell you how to pass the test, let’s make sure you fully understand what the test is.
The Life in the UK test is a multiple-choice test, taken on a computer. It consists of questions on the history, law, and customs of the UK and it’s one of the requirements to get British citizenship.
There are 24 questions, and you must answer 18 of them correctly to pass the test. You have only 45 minutes to take the test. You take the test at one of the many testing centers located in the UK and it costs £50 to take.
How Do You Pass the Test?
While you can take the test again (and again and again, if necessary), who wants to spend the time and money to keep re-taking the same test? Making sure you are fully prepared ahead of time, using the tips below, will prevent you from having to take the test over and over again.
The official study guide for the test is the “Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents, 3rd Edition.” It’s imperative that you read this guide front to back to prepare. Beyond this guide, though, there are plenty of other resources that can help you prepare, including YouTube videos and radio programs and podcasts.
Getting the information from multiple sources and using flashcards to help you remember it all are tried and true ways to pass tests.
Take Practice Tests
There are plenty of free practice tests out there. You might even see some of the same questions on your actual test. Be sure to get plenty of Life in the UK test practice before you take the test.
You’ll get an idea of question formatting, what kinds of questions to expect, and you can time yourself to see how quickly you finish.
Brush Up on Your English Grammar and Vocabulary
If you aren’t a native English speaker, you’ll definitely want to brush up on your English grammar and vocabulary ahead of time. You don’t want to answer questions incorrectly simply because you didn’t understand the words or phrases that were used.
Pass With Flying Colors
Don’t be intimidated by the Life in the UK test. If you fully prepare, know what to expect, and take plenty of time to practice, you should have no problem passing the test. And if you do find yourself in the situation where you fail, know you always have the option to retake the test.
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