The Life in the UK Test is part of the KoLL requirement – Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK.
Persons who want to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or British Citizenship have to fulfil this KoLL requirement. The Life in the UK test is thus the one part of the KoLL requirement.
The Life in the UK Test tests an applicant’s knowledge of the United Kingdom. The test covers British customs and traditions. It covers 24 questions, and you have 45 minutes to answer the multi-choice questions. You will need to score 75% or higher to pass the test, meaning that you have to get at least 18 out of 24 questions right.
Failing the Life in the UK test
If you fail the test, you can do it again. There is no limit on how many times you can do the test, but you have to wait seven days to do so.
You can take the test as many times as you need to until you pass, but you will have to pay the £50 fee every time you do so.
Preparing for the Life in the UK test
There is an official handbook that will help you prepare for the test. The handbook is called “Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents.”
Some of the typical multi-choice questions you can expect are;
What type of government was formed after the General Election of 2016?
At what age can you vote in the General Election in the UK?
What is the name of the UK currency?
The name of a novel by Jane Austen?
The capital city of the UK?
What is the role of the jury in a court trial?
Applicants who need to take the Life in the UK Test
Many persons are confused about when they are required to take the Life in the UK Test.
The short answer is that 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.
Some persons are exempt from the KoLL, and thus the Life in the UK test. This includes inter alia;
Children under the age of 18 and persons aged 65 years and older;
Persons with a physical or mental condition that makes it impossible for them to take the test;
People on the adult dependent relative;
Retired person of independent means migration routes;
Spouses of British citizens or persons settled in the UK who have been victims of domestic violence or whose spouse has died etc.
EU citizens are not required to undertake the Life in the UK test and English language requirement to apply for permanent residence. However, they have to pass the test to apply for British citizenship.
If you are unsure whether you are exempt, it is, of course, best to confirm with your immigration consultant.