Cynthia Barker says:
If you are applying for naturalisation as a British citizen or for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), you need to show that you know about life in the UK.
If you live in the UK, you can do this in two ways: by taking the Life in the UK Test or by taking combined English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and citizenship classes.
Who needs take the test?
The test is compulsory if you are applying for naturalisation as a British citizen or ILR (settlement) and your level of English is ESOL Entry 3 or above (or, in Scotland, Intermediate Level 1 or above). If your level of English is lower than ESOL Entry 3 (or lower than Intermediate Level 1 in Scotland) and you wish to apply for naturalisation or indefinite leave to remain, you will need to attend combined English language (ESOL) and citizenship classes instead. Local further education and ESOL accredited colleges run these courses.
What are ESOL and citizenship classes?
ESOL and citizenship classes help you to improve your English and learn more about life in the UK. The course includes “language with civic content”, which is a step by step resource book for migrants. To find out more about ESOL and citizenship classes, contact your local college, or call the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 0154245.
Taking the Life in the UK test
You can take your test at around 75 test centres all over the country where and you can find your nearest centres in the ‘Find a test centre’ section of the UK Border Agency Website. You can take the 24 question test as many times as necessary to reach the pass mark of 75%.
To book, simply contact a test centre during opening hours by telephone or in person. You will be offered a place in one of their test sessions within 1 to 4 weeks of your request. There is a minimum waiting period of 7 days between making your booking and being able to take the test.
You must take the test before you apply for naturalisation as a British citizen or indefinite leave to remain, provided you meet all the other requirements.
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