Online UK Life Test

Information about the  Life in the UK test

Many people decide to settle in the United Kingdom each year. As you can appreciate, if you wish to apply for naturalisation as a citizen in Britain, or if you wish to apply for indefinite leave to stay in the UK, then it is essential that you demonstrate that you know and understand about life in the UK. The way that you demonstrate your knowledge of life in the UK is by sitting the UK Life test.

Who is required to take the Life in the UK Life test?

Those people who want to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen and also those people who want to apply for indefinite leave to stay in the UK will be required to take the test; applicants level of English must be ESOL entry 3 or above. If in Scotland then this must be intermediate level 1 or higher.) In addition to the above it is also a requirement to take the test if you are deciding to remain in one of the ‘skilled’ or ‘highly skilled’ categories which are indicated on the UKBA website. You can access the UKBA site here. 

Naturally some people will not yet have the ESOL Entry 3 standard level of English. For these people there is a requirement for them to enrol on a combined English language and citizenship course. Many local colleges and educational establishments will run these courses if you enquire.

We advise that you contact the relevant Bureau to establish whether or not you are required to sit the Life in the UK test before embarking on your preparation. You can contact the relevant body by telephoning: 0870 606 7766. You can also check on the UK Border Agencies website for more details of whether or not you are required to sit the test.

Life in the UK Test

What languages can the test be taken in?

As a general rule the UK Life test is only offered in English; however, if you are taking the test based at an establishment in Wales then you can request for the test to be taken in the Welsh language, or if in Scotland, Scottish Gaelic. You can contact the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 0154245. They will be able to provide you with further details about the test and the language options available to you.

When do I take the test?

If you meet all of the minimum eligibility requirements then you will be required to sit the test before you apply for naturalisation or indefinite leave to remain.

How to book the Life in the UK test

In order to book your test you need to register online HERE. However, before you book to take your test we strongly recommend that you prepare for the test by sitting our online UK Life test questions. You can pay for the testing suite by clicking the link below:


Once you are ready to book your test it is vitally important that you provide all correct details. If you fail to provide correct details then there is a chance that you will not be able to sit the test. There will be a delay of 7 days from the day that you book your test until the day that you will be eligible to sit it.
The earliest test you can take is 7 days from when you book your Test. Your test fee will not be refunded if you cancel your test with less than 7 days before your test is due.

What identification is required at the test centre?

You will be required to take some forms of ID with you to the test centre on the day of your UK Life test. When you sign up for your account and go to book your test you will be required to use a form of ID; it is this form of ID that you will have to take along to the test centre with you. If you fail to take along the same form of identification then there is a possibility that you will not be able to take the test. The test centre will also want to see proof of your address and this can be achieved by providing just one of the following documents:

gas/electricity/water bill,
a council tax bill,
bank or credit card statement,
UK photo card driving licence,
or a letter from the Home Office with your name and address on it.

Where do I sit the UK Life test?

In total there are 60 test centres around the UK. When you book your test online you will be provided with details of the nearest test centre. As a general rule you are only permitted to sit the test at one of the nearest 5 test centres to your postcode.

How much will it cost me to sit the Life in the UK test?

From 1st June 2011 the cost of the test is £50 (VAT inclusive).

How long does the UK Life test last for and how many questions are there to answer?

In total there are just 24 test questions and you have a total of 45 minutes in which to complete the test. This is sufficient time for you to successfully answer the questions correctly. The questions are taken from a large pool of sample questions so it is important that you practice carefully and thoroughly. Before you start the test it is essential that you inform the test centre of any medical conditions you have so that they can take this into consideration. 

Life in the UK test

What type of questions are used?

The UK Life test questions are multiple-choice in nature and are taken from a wide range of subjects such as:

Customs and traditions;


Everyday needs;

Health hazards;

The British Constituant etc;

There are other test areas which we will provide you with details of when you gain access to the online UK Life testing suite below.

Sample Life in the UK test questions

In order to give you a better understanding of the different types of questions you will have to undertake, here are a few sample ones. The answers are supplied towards the bottom of the page:

Question 1 - As well as 4 Bank Holidays, England and Wales have 4 other public holidays every year. When are they? (choose 1 answer)

a) St Valentine’s Day, April Fool’s Day, Harvest festival and Remembrance Day
b) April Fool’s Day, Queen’s Birthday, Hallowe’en and Guy Fawkes’ Night
c) New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day
d) St David’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, St George’s Day and St Andrew’s Day

Question 2 - When are the 4 Bank Holidays in England and Wales? (choose 1 answer)

a) Easter Monday, May Day, Spring Holiday and Late Summer Holiday
b) St Valentine’s Day, April Fool’s Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
c) May Day, Midsummer’s Day, Queen’s Birthday and Hallowe’en
d) Queen’s Birthday, Harvest Festival, Guy Fawkes’ Night and Remembrance Day

Question 3 - Is the statement below TRUE or FALSE? There are 4 Bank Holidays and 4 other public holidays in England and Wales.

(choose 1 answer)


Question 4 - Is this statement TRUE or FALSE?

If the judiciary agrees with a claim that the government is acting illegally, the government has to change its policies or ask Parliament to change the law.

(choose 1 answer)



Question 5 - Which statement is correct?

(choose 1 answer)

a) Many MPs, AMs, MSPs, MLAs and MEPs hold regular surgeries, where constituents can speak to them in person

b) It is not possible to speak to your elected members in person

Question 6 - Who performs the ceremonial opening of the new parliamentary session every year?

(choose 1 answer)

a) A representative of the voters

b) The Queen

c) The Prince of Wales

d) The Prime Minister

The answers to the above questions are provided towards the bottom of this page. The most effective way to pass the UK Life test is to carry out lots of sample test questions that are similar to the ones you will be required to sit. The most effective way to achieve this is to gain instant access to our bank of online test questions which you can do below.





Online UK Life Test



Answers to sample UK Life Test questions – 1.C   2.A   3.A   4.   5.A   6.B

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