Life in the UK Test

Most applications for British citizenship by naturalisation or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) will require that the applicant provide evidence that they have passed the Life in the UK test when submitting their application. Passing the test satsifies the requirement in UK law that those seeking naturalisation or settlement demonstrate “sufficient knowledge of life in the United Kingdom”.

What is in the Life in the UK test?

The Life in the UK test consists of 24 multiple choice questions drawn from the following general topics:

  • UK values and principles
  • UK history
  • UK society and culture
  • UK government and legal systems
  • Responsibilities of UK citizens

All the questions are drawn from the information provided in the Home Office-approved Life in the United Kingdom – A Guide for New Residents, copies of which can be purchased from most reputable bookshops and online retailers in the UK. A typical set of Life in the UK test questions might expect you to be able to identify British democratic values from a list of options, as well as to know about important figures in British sport or the arts.

A score of 18 or more correct answers out of 24 (75% or higher) is considered a pass. Once you have passed the test, you will receive a reference number which you can use in any citizenship or ILR application to prove that you have met this requirement.

Life in the UK test exemptions

You are exempt from any requirement to pass the Life in the UK test if:

  • you are under 18
  • you are 65 or over
  • you have passed it already as part of a previous application
  • you can prove you have a long-term physical or mental health condition

Life in the UK test costs

The fee for the Life in the UK test is £50. Tests can be booked as little as three days in advance at any one of over 30 test centres around the UK. Bookings can be made online, but the test itself must be taken in person at a test centre.

Demetris Demetriou

Demetris is a dual-qualified lawyer in the UK (Solicitor) and Cyprus (Advocate) with 10+ years of experience in UK immigration. He completed his legal studies at University College London and City University London. Over the course of his career, he held key roles as Head of Immigration at Legal 500 firms and within the Big4, overseeing teams of 15+ fee earners handling 2000+ applications annually.

Demetris went on to co-establish his firm in London and continues to offer innovative solutions and strategic immigration planning to multinationals, SMEs, and private clients.

He personally represented 1500+ clients in 30+ visa routes including investors, entrepreneurs, innovators, sole representatives, students, family visas, global talent, UK ancestry, administrative reviews and appeals. Demetris has managed corporate relocations, conducted immigration law training and implemented post-Brexit immigration policies for corporate clients.

Demetris has been featured in various events and publications focusing on UK immigration, notably at the Cambridge Network, the Westminster Policy Forum and most recently at DGEMS, a global mobility summit hosted by Forbes India.

If you would like to discuss your UK immigration matter or have any questions about your options for immigrating to the UK, you can book a consultation here.

Tatiani Preifelt

Tatiani has a wealth of expertise in global mobility and corporate immigration. Her ample skills were acquired within leading immigration practices including three out of the Big4 firms in both the UK and Sweden. Tatiani went on to co-establish her firm in London where she continues to advise clients predominantly in corporate, business and skilled work migration.

Having personally relocated to 10 different countries, Tatiani understands the importance of an expedient and successful immigration process and takes pride in delivering a seamless experience to her clients as well.

Over the course of her career, she has assisted over 500 individuals and businesses to obtain the appropriate visa permits in the UK.

Her awarded academic work at The University of Oxford, The London School of Economics, and at The Geneva University is in the fields of Political Science, International Human Rights Law, and Global Migration Governance.

She regularly provides immigration training and has recently participated as a speaker and panellist at DGEMS 2023, a global mobility summit hosted by Forbes India.

If you would like to discuss your UK immigration matter or have any questions about your options for immigrating to the UK, you can book a consultation here.