08.01.2020 UK Settlement and Citizenship requirement: Life In The UK Test

08.01.2020 UK Settlement and Citizenship requirement: Life In The UK Test

Passing the Life in the UK test is one of the requirements that must be met when an applicant is applying for British citizenship or settlement in the UK, unless certain exceptions apply.

The applicant has 45 minutes long to answer 24 questions about British traditions and customs. An applicant is successful if they answer 75% of the questions correctly. It costs £50.

From 17 December 2019, applicants who sit the Life in the UK test will no longer receive a letter containing a ‘test reference ID’. Instead, the applicants will receive a ‘Unique Reference Number’ (URN), which will be required as part of their citizenship or settlement application process.

The Home Office has also recently published a document listing suitable forms of ID required to satisfy identification requirements in order to book and sit the test, which can be found here.

The test has received a lot of criticism over the years for not only containing factual errors, but also for being considered to be irrelevant to British life. The petition, which recently started, called for the review of the test and stated:

“The Life In The UK Test must be passed to gain British citizenship, with a pass mark of 75%. The test comprises questions about British history that most lifelong citizens would struggle to answer.

It is not a test of good citizenship nor of an understanding of contemporary UK life. It must be changed. The Government must review the test and update it by making it about contemporary UK life.”

In 2018, the former Home Secretary Sajid Javid described the test as a ‘pub quiz’ that was not fit for its intended purpose. Over 2 million tests have been taken since the launch of the Life in the UK test in 2005.

There is currently no indication from the government that the test is to be reformed.