Everyone who applies to become a British Citizen or for permanent residence has to show their knowledge of the English language and of life in the United Kingdom in one of two ways. They can either take a special ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course, or they can take the Life in the UK test.


The test covers a number of topics including local customs and traditions, history of the United Kingdom and the laws and political systems that govern the country.

• The test is made up of 24 multiple choice questions

• The official questions are not published anywhere so you cannot see the exact questions you could be asked before the test

• Questions are chosen at random by computer

• You will have 45 minutes to complete the test

• The pass mark is around 75%

• The test costs £50

How can I prepare for the test?

1. IQPlus offer an online learning course and test preparation suite. This costs £75 and you can learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. Click here to purchase the course!

2. If you would like to do the on-site course under the guidance of a life in the UK teacher then please fill in the enquiry form below. The on-site life in the Uk course is spread over 5 weeks and costs £200

Where can I take the test?

To find your nearest Life in the UK test centre, either go to or call the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 0154245 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm)

Book your test here!