A brief guidance to the Life in the UK test

If you wish to apply for British citizenship, it will be mandatory that you pass the Life in the UK test.

You need to book the test on the official government website: https://www.gov.uk/life-in-the-uk-test. The cost of Life in the UK test is £50, and you will have 45 minutes to answer 24 questions about British traditions and values as well as history and politics.

You have to book the test at least 3 days in advance, you can also change the time and date of your test up to 72 hours before your test and pay for a new test time. However, the UKVI would not refund the fee for the previous test.

Please note that the test centres outside the UK are only available for dependants of a serving member of the British Armed Forces. If you do not fall into this category you cannot sit a test outside the UK.

In addition, on the day of the appointment, you must bring the ID you registered with. If your ID or details are not consistent with the ID and postcode you’ve provided when booking the test, you will not be able to take your test and the fees would not be refunded. As evidence of address, the candidate must provide a recent utility bill less than 3 months prior to the date of the test, such as the original gas/electricity/water bill, council tax bill, bank statement, bank transaction list, UK photocard driving licence as well as a letter from the Home Office with your name and address on it.

You will receive a result letter at the end of your test session. If you have passed it, you will be given a pass notification letter with signed and stamped by a test supervisor. However, if you have failed, you will obtain a notification letter which explains the areas you need to improve. Please note that your result letter would not be replaced if you lose or damage it.

Moreover, during the Life in the UK test, if you have tried to cheat in any ways, such as taking the test for another person, using any materials (electronic or printed) during the test, using any electronic communications device and speaking to other candidates etc, the test centre will report it to the Home Office and it may also affect your application.

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