How to Ace Your Life in the UK Test for Citizenship


Trying to obtain citizenship in another country can happen for multiple reasons. Most common are new jobs or migration to a new location by yourself or your family. Not rare are the cases where someone travelled somewhere new, instantly liked it and within a year decided to move and live there.

Changing locations is normal and natural it falls under the category of population migration and to get citizenship in a new place you need to fulfil certain requirements by the country of your new residents. As you can see today, we are discussing the UK and their Life in The UK Test.

This article is for all of you who have spent up to 5 years in the UK and that are applying for indefinite leave to remain or their British citizenship. For those of you not familiar with the term indefinite leave to remain means a permanent residence which will allow you to not be tied to a certain company or a working visa. By obtaining this you are pretty much a British resident without having a passport.

If you’re wondering what type of test this is, the Life in the UK test is a computer-based multiple-choice test with 24 questions that attempts to assess the applicant’s knowledge of living in the United Kingdom, including everything from history to pop culture to everyday life in the UK. It will also put your linguistic skills to the test if English is not your first language.

With the help of this website, and our article you will be able to practice and pass the test with flying colours.


To study, use the official Life in the UK book

Although you may be tempted to follow a script or learn from someone who has already answered all of the questions or created a book synopsis, you should avoid doing so. The official book will provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate information. It’s simple to find; just conduct a fast search on any government website that mentions the Life in the UK test, or go to a site like Amazon, where you can swiftly and inexpensively get your hands on a brand new or used book. There is an option of a library as well where you can check it out until you are done, but we would recommend buying yourself a hard copy or downloading an e-version in which you can mark, check, and underline the things you need to learn or consider important.

Buy the official study guide for the test

Another thing that is important here is this official study guide that can also be obtained as a hard copy or downloaded as an e-version. This is important because you will get official straightforward questions and ways to learn and answer without convolution and unnecessary explanation or oversimplification by a plethora of sites and apps that claim they are the ones that have the secret formula for passing this test cracked. Make sure you get the most up to date version of this study guide and heavily rely on that and you should not have any issues when learning.


Take the practice test first

The trick here is to start with the practice exams on the back of the official study guide. There are 10 or 12 exams available, and you should attempt to complete them before beginning to study and go through all of the material in the guide. It will not matter if you are correct or incorrect, or whether you pass or fail, since these exams will act as your beginning point, a zero point if you will, and from there you will build up your knowledge and confidence that you will need for the real test. Most of us are familiar with certain aspects of British culture, and this will provide you with insight into them. It will also mean that you don’t have to waste time going through something you already know, and it will give you ways and time to focus on new knowledge.

Start studying earlier

It is always better to give yourself the heads up and start before the time when it comes to studying anything, not just for this test. There are numerous obstacles and things that will constantly drive you away from learning for this test, and all of us adults know about those. If you work you will sometimes need a day off to ease your mind and rest your brain, if you have a lot of friends, you will need and want to go out sometimes, and all things similar. This is why starting to study sooner rather than later gives you comfort and opportunities to learn and enjoy the life that is happening around you.


Focus on the monarchs

As you are surely aware, this is a massive thing in the United Kingdom. Concentrate on what they did. Where they lived and died, as well as their significance. The rationale for this suggestion is that you can be certain that at least one question in your test will be based on this aspect of their culture and history. The British Monarchy and Empire are the longest-standing in the world, with hundreds of thousands of years of history, not to mention the basis upon which the contemporary United Kingdom is built. This is a foregone conclusion, and it would be foolish not to learn more about it.

Take as many practice tests as you can

The saying goes – Practice makes perfect, which is why you need to memorize it and utilize it as much as possible. Taking the practice tests and pushing yourself forward will give you more confidence and more knowledge. Repetition is the basis of all learning as you will learn and remember more and more through repetition. This is where you can also use websites and apps designed and designated for these tests and work on them as much as you can. Take two practise tests a day, see where you are lacking, improve and then do them again…