Life in the United Kingdom

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Life in the United Kingdom A Guide for New Residents - 3rd Edition

Life in the United Kingdom A Guide for New Residents - 3rd Edition

Price£12.99
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Ensure you are fully prepared for your Life in the UK test with the only official handbook on which the Life in the UK test is based. This essential handbook contains all the official learning material for the test and is written in clear, simple language – making it easy to understand. It covers a range of topics you need to know to pass your test and apply for UK citizenship or permanent residency. Find out more...opens in new window

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Life in the United Kingdom: Official Practice Questions and Answers

Life in the United Kingdom: Official Practice Questions and Answers

Price£7.99
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The Official Practice Questions and Answers contains 17 sample practice tests containing 24 questions each, all based on the official handbook, just like the real test. Find out more...opens in new window

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Life in the United Kingdom: Official Study Guide

Life in the United Kingdom: Official Study Guide

Price£7.99
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The Official Study Guide covers a range of topics including information about the Life in the UK test and who needs to take it, as well as details on what happens after the test, including pass notification letter and ceremonies. Find out more...opens in new window

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A Practical Guide to Living in the United Kingdom

A Practical Guide to Living in the United Kingdom

Price£9.99
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This 'Practical Guide to Living in the UK' supports new citizens with the information needed to adjust to everyday life in the UK. It is packed full of information about living and working in the UK and will give readers guidance on how to get by in daily life. Find out more...opens in new window

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Life in the United Kingdom: Four Book Package Deal

Life in the United Kingdom: Four Book Package Deal

Price£25.00
FormatBook

This complete official Life in the UK pack contains everything you need to ensure you are fully pre-pared to pass the Life in the UK test. This pack is for those taking the new Life in the UK test and includes the following four publications . Saving you £13.96 when purchased as a full pack. Find out more...opens in new window

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The Official Life in the UK Test iOS App

The Official Life in the UK Test App

Price£3.99
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The only official Life in the UK test App – ensure you are fully prepared with this simple and convenient App containing the official learning material written in clear, simple language. Find out more...opens in new window

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Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents, 3rd Edition - MP3

Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents - MP3

Price£8.99
FormatMP3

Ensure you are fully prepared for your Life in the UK test with the complete audio download of the Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents, 3rd Edition. The audio contains all the official learning material from the handbook and is spoken in clear, simple English - making it easy to understand.Find out more...opens in new window

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Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents - Audio CDs

Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents - Audio CDs

Price£12.99
FormatAudio CDs

If you are planning on taking your Life in the UK test the Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents, 3rd Edition - Audio CD in the style of listen and learn. It contains all the official learning material from the handbook and is spoken in clear, simple English - making it easy to understand. Find out more...opens in new window

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Life in the United Kingdom Ebooks

Life in the United Kingdom Ebooks

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About the test

What is the Life in the UK test?

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

Where can I take the test?

To find your nearest Life in the UK test centre, either go to http://lifeintheuktest.ukba.homeoffice.gov.ukopens in new window
or call the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 0154245 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm)