If you want to gain ILR and British citizenship, you must sit for and pass the Life in the UK test. The eligibility criteria for Indefinite Leave to Remain is also to gain English proficiency in or higher B1 level in speaking and listening from CEFR( Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

Eligibility to take the test

Any overseas national seeking British citizenship or settlement through Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK and is above 18 but below 65 years of age can easily take the  Life in the UK test.

What are some of the exemptions for the Life in the UK test?

You can be exempted to sit for the Life in the Uk test if you fulfill any of the below-mentioned criteria

  1. You are below 18 years of age or above 65 years of age
  2. You have a history of a long-term illness or disability that strictly restricts your mobility and ability to take language classes
  3. You have any form of mental deterioration which means that you are unable to learn another language.

To be able to apply for the exemption, you need to make the online exemption form or provide a letter from a doctor stating and confirming your condition. Any degree of Visual or hearing impairments is unlikely to exempt you from the test.

The guidance states that Life in the UK test centres can account for a variety of disabilities, for example, blindness. An applicant should be able to do the test even if they produce evidence of a disability. In that case, you should contact your local test centre while booking your test to make a request to accommodate your disability or specific needs. If any person is found illiterate, then he/she won’t be allowed to sit for the Life in the UK test

How are you assessed for the Life in the UK test?

You will be assessed on 24 multiple choice questions that you need to answer. The time allotted to you would be 45 minutes. To pass the test you must secure at least 75%, which is, at least 18 out of 24 multiple choice questions should be correctly answered by you.

You must refer to the official handbook for the Life in the UK test.

The questions asked are based on the official handbook to pass the Life in the UK test. One must be thoroughly prepared to pass the exam. 

The following areas will be covered in your exam questions:

You will be asked questions from the following areas:

  • UK history
  • UK geography
  • Local culture
  • The British government

Passing the test

Once you pass the test, You will be issued a ‘unique reference number’. You can use this number to complete your citizenship or settlement application and send it to the Home Office. The Home Office will use it to cross-check if you have passed.

Failing the test

By chance you fail the test, then your fee will not be refunded and you will not be able to complete your application(be it, British citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain)

You must take another test within the next seven days.

One can choose multiple test sittings.

The cost of this test

The cost of Life in the UK test is £50. You must book the test at least 3 days prior through the official UK government website only(https://www.gov.uk/life-in-the-uk-test)

Take assistance

An important aspect of your British citizenship application and Indefinite Leave to Remain is the Life in the UK test. You must take legal advice before starting the application. A Y & J Solicitors have been industry recognised in helping their client’s secure British citizenship and Indefinite Leave to remain, successfully.

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