Life in the UK test – a complete guide to what to expect at your test

Updated: 18 September, 2022

Life in the UK test – what is it and how to book it

It is compulsory to pass the Life in the UK test if you want apply for settlement in the UK or for British citizenship. This test is will assess your knowledge of British society, values, history and general life in Britain.

The test is based on the Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents (3rd edition) handbook, and is administered on a computer. To pass this test, you must answer at least 18 questions out of 24 multiple-choice questions within 45 minutes. You must score 75% on the test, 18/24.

You can book your test here.

You must book your test at least 3 days in advance. The test costs £50.

You will take your test at one of the test centers (over 30 in the UK), so you can choose one of the centres closest to your home.

If you need help with your booking, call the Life in the UK Test Helpline at 0800 015 4245
(Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm).

Life in the UK test – what you need to bring to the test

You will have to present the exact same photo ID that you used to book your test. This is very important. If you do not bring that same ID, you will not be allowed to take the test, and you won’t receive a refund.

You will need to consent to a passport style photograph being taken, before taking your test, you will not be able to take the test and you will not receive a refund if you refuse to have your photo taken.

Life in the UK test – arrive on time at the test centre

After you book your Life in the UK test, the government will send you an email telling you what time to arrive at the test centre.

You will spend up to 2 hours at the test centre.

If you do not show up on time, your test might be cancelled and no refund will be given to you. If your appointment is cancelled you will have to book another test and pay the £50 again!

Make sure you know exactly where your test centre is and you give yourself plenty of time to get there. Ideally, you should practice beforehand how to get to the test centre, so you know how much time it will take you to get there (with your own car or with public transit). That way, on your test day you will not have to rush and will arrive more relaxed.

Life in the UK test – friends and family members

Test centres have no childcare and no waiting area for family members, so do not take your children or relatives with you to your test.

Life in the UK test – behaviour

If you are threatening or verbally abusive to the test centre staff in any way, you will be asked to leave (with no refund), and you will be reported to the Home Office and to the police. It might affect your application, so please be respectful to the test centre staff.

Life in the UK test – what happens when you arrive at the test centre

Upon arriving at the test centre, staff will ask for your ID and will confirm that you are on their list. You might be told where the toilet and the drinking water are. Staff will give you a number and a document explaining how the test works.

If everything is acceptable, you will sign a form and you will be taken to the test room.

Life in the UK test – rules in the test room

You won’t be allowed to bring any written material, electronic devices, bags or wrist watches into the test room with you. The test centre will have lockers for you to use to hold any of these items. You will be searched before entering the test room.

You must remain silent during the test. If you are unruly, you will be asked to leave, and you won’t receive a refund.

Do not cheat during the test. If you are caught cheating or attempting to cheat, you will be reported to the Home Office and the police. You won’t be allowed to take the test and it might affect your British citizenship or settlement application.

Life in the UK test – what happens during the test

You will be shown to a desk and you will have to put your ID on the desk. Next to the computer, instructions will explain what to expect and how to take the test. You will have to wait for all the people taking the test with you to go through the same verification process before entering the test room to be seated for the test.

Once everybody is in the test room, staff will go to each computer and open the test software. They will also verify your ID again.

Five minutes before the test, you will be able to take a short practice test (4 questions) to get used to the test interface. Make use of it and get used to how to go to the next or previous questions, and how to directly access the questions by clicking on their squares.

If you need to go to the toilet or drink some water, you must do so before the actual test starts.

You will have 45 minutes to take the test, so take your time answering each question. Do not press the “Finish test” button unless you are 100% sure that you are finished the test. Once you press it, there is no going back.

Life in the UK test – tips for passing the test

● Read the handbook many times before your test day

● Take a lot of practice tests before your test day

● Be very careful to enter the correct information when booking your test

● Eat well (but not too heavily) before the test so you are not hungry during the test

● Get a good night’s sleep before the test

● Arrive on time at the test centre

● Use the toilet before your official test starts

You are allowed 6 incorrect answers, but answer ALL the questions. Take your time during the test, relax, read the questions carefully. The test software allows you to go back to each question and change the answer (until you press “Finish test”).

Life in the UK test – after the test

Once you finish your Life in the UK test, raise your hand. You will have to wait in the reception area for your test result and for your URN, which is your unique reference for your test result. You will be able to find this URN also in your LitUK account.

Life in the UK test – if you fail the test

You can re-take the test as many times as you need to, but you will have to pay the test fees again and wait 7 days before you will be able to book your test again.

Do you need help preparing for your Life in the UK test? We have helped thousands of people pass their test, check out our Life in the UK Test – Complete Online Training Program.

Disclaimer: this article is based on UK government information and on various people’s experience, but we do not guarantee that you will go through the exact same steps during your test.

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55 replies on “Life in the UK test – a complete guide to what to expect at your test”

  1. Hi,
    My name is Duha.
    I am so worried because two time I did life in UK test .But unfortunately I failed.
    Please give me some advise about life in the UK test.
    I want to pass my test.

  2. if a person as been here since 2010 but never learn English and are not educated how can they become a British chitiezn

  3. I have a client who is illiterate both in English and in her own language; is there a way she can do a verbal version of the test?

  4. Hi, my name is isatu sesay. I have tried the life in the UK ones I field. am looking forward to booking again please I need the same guide and material to study

  5. Hi my name is Mahdi my mother can’t read or write in English although some how she passed esol from Bangladesh.Now my question is how will my mom will pass the test ?

    1. yes with our program, you will know your scores and all the questions that you did right or wrong after the test

    1. You can listen to the handbook with your headphones, but the test itself does not have an audio option

  6. Hi Can I use my UK driving licence for proof of address and proof of ID? Or do I have to have 2 different items?

    1. You need one identification item from list A and one identification item from list B. You cannot use the same ID for both.
      I hope that helps.

  7. Hello, hope you all.
    Do i need English language test first to do uk live in test..
    Or it does not matter do i do first uk live in first and then language test or another way around..
    Please advice?

  8. I need to take the test ahead of my ILR application. Can I take the test at any point ahead of my application or does it need to be within a certain window (eg a month) of submitting the application?

  9. my wife has never been to school in her native country. she has repeatedly tried to read and write for 18 years now with no gain. how can she do this test. so unfair

  10. Is it alright to bring my Life In the UK test book to review while waiting to be called into the test? (putting it into my locker there, with my purse, before going into the test room of course).
    Also, does the test centre offer earplugs?
    Thanks so much for any reply.

    1. Hello Nuray, we can definitely help you pass your exam. Please go to to purchase our online training program and start practicing right away.

  11. Hi, I wanted to book the test for my husband, I am confused on what option I should select
    Options are
    Apply for citizenship,
    Apply for settlement and

    Thank you

  12. i want to practice life in the uk test. i have exam next week. which way is best for practice for exam.

  13. Hi, I have been to take my test , but was rejected on grounds of wrong ID document. I had ticked the wrong box when booking the test and was sent away without taking the test. My mistake. What i was shocked about is the hostile and ‘interrogation’ style treatment of the applicants at the test center to the point of being told not to speak and not to be allowed to use the toilet. This was not during the test or being in the test room. This was in the waiting area. I wonder if this is home office policy and all test Centers treat applicants like that or is it specific to the centre I went too? Thanks for a reply

  14. Hi i Did Ph D in mathematics( Degree language is english) from India. Do i need prove my English knowledge when applying for settlement in uk

    1. Hi there, my 5 year visa expires this May and I am eligible for citizenship.
      Can I do the Life In The UK test before May?
      And will I receive some paperwork to allow me to continue living and working here, until my citizen application has been processed?
      Thanks so much,

  15. Hi what provisions are in place for someone who can speak English but can not read or write English? Does that mean they are unable to do the test? Thank you in advance

    1. Hi Reena, To the best of our knowledge, the pass certificate is valid for life. We recommend verifying that with a UK Immigration agent.

  16. Hi, I received my Settlement Status and recently applied for citizenship. I did not read anywhere that I have to take the life in the UK test. How do I find out whether I am required to take it, as my citizenahip application has already been sent off?

  17. I can’t find a list of test centres anywhere, we are being asked to not travel but my wife needs to apply urgently as she has no valid passport or travel docs as they ran out out during lockdown 1. She has elderly frail parents in Europe and needs to know she can travel if they get sick. I can only find centres in London 2 hours train or 3 hours drive…. where are the test centres for Suffolk or Norfolk?

  18. HI ive been living in the uk for almost 3 years i have pre settle status, can i book right now for the life in the uk test? Thank you

  19. Are there any test centers in Kent? I have tried googling but nearest ones I could find are in London.

    1. Hi Martina,
      We are not affiliated with the UK government. We specifically help people to train for their Life in the UK Test.
      We recommend that you contact the Life in the UK test helpline for your inquiry.

  20. Hi, My family of my son, wife and myself moved to the UK in Nov 2017 and have got a BRP till Nov 2022. When should we actually take the test?. Can we do it right away as we have lived in the uk 3.5 years. How many years is the letter valid for?

    1. Hi Floyd,
      We are not affiliated with the UK government. We specifically help people to train for their Life in the UK Test.
      We recommend that you contact the UK Border Agency for your inquiry.

  21. Hello I would like to know if it is okay to register with the passport and that they will ask me about my passport

  22. hi, I would like to know whether there is an expiry date on the Life in UK Test result? If I pass it this year, can it still be valid after 5 years? Thanks.

    1. Hi Lam,
      To the best of our knowledge, your pass certificate has no expiry date. You may want to confirm with the UK Border Agency.

  23. Hi actually I want know I had domestic violence. I came here on spouse Visa. After domestic violence I separated with husband .I have allready indefinite..plz now which exams is more for all next prosseing. Thanks

  24. Do they give you a pass certificate now? I passed my test but they did not give a certificate or letter but when I log into my online account it does say PASSED and gives a reference code. Is the code all they give now?

    1. Hi Kodchakamon,
      The UK government website states: If you pass the test: You’ll get a ‘unique reference number’. You’ll need this number to complete your citizenship or settlement application. The Home Office will use it to check that you’ve passed.
      If you took your test before 17 December 2019, you’ll have a letter with a ‘test reference ID’ instead of a unique reference number.
      You can check:

  25. I was wondering if you could comment on whether the edition of the Life in the UK guide changes much from year to year. The website is currently selling the 2021 version for taking the test in 2022. I will attempt to complete my test in Jan 2022 so wondering if a new version will be released before then or whether buying the 2021 version would be sufficient. Thank you

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