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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. 

See also:

Life in the UK Test – Journey to British Citizenship

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Cynthia Barker is an Immigration Adviser and Co Author of the book: How 2 Come to the UK to Live Work Study or Visit. Cynthia writes a regular immigration column for Planet Philippines and Europhil Journal.

3 Responses to “YES, YOU NEED TO TAKE THE LIFE IN THE UK TEST OR ESOL BEFORE APPLYING FOR BRITISH CITIZENSHIP”
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  1. […] YES, YOU NEED TO TAKE THE LIFE IN THE UK TEST OR ESOL BEFORE APPLYING FOR BRITISH CITIZENSHIP […]

  2. Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am a citizen of Iran and now I am a graduate in Linguistics in MA degree in one of state universities in Iran.I am interested ti migrate to England and study PHD.My grade in IELTS Test is 6.5 with 7.5 in writing.
    Would you please give me some suggesstions how can I take a university course in one of Englan Universities.
    Thanks in advance
    Akram Yadollahi

  3. I think it is shocking that English speaking people need to pass this test, yet those who don’t speak English simply need to attend classes and are pretty much guaranteed to get in via that route.

    Most of the questions are absolute nonsense too. I have lived in the UK for 33 years and I don’t know a lot of them. Who gives a monkey’s what date women were allowed to divorce their husbands, or what are of the world did most of the immigrants come from in the 1960’s? It’s a history test and is completely irrelevant for “Life in the UK”

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