Life in the UK test – How to prepare for it?

Life in the UK test

Updated: 18 September, 2022

Life in the UK test material

The Life in the UK test is based on the government handbook called Life in the UK: A Guide for New Residents (3rd edition). Test questions will be drawn from this handbook, so you must read it before you take the test. This handbook has 5 chapters:

Chapter 1 – The Values and Principles of the UK
Chapter 2 – What is the UK?
Chapter 3 – A Long and Illustrious History
Chapter 4 – A Modern, Thriving Society
Chapter 5 – The UK Government, the Law and Your Role

You can be tested on any facts contained in these 5 chapters. No one can predict which questions you will have in your test, so it is best to try to learn all the content of those chapters.

On 8 September 2022 Her Majesty the Queen sadly passed away. Sections of the handbook, which refer to Queen Elizabeth II and the Monarchy, are out of date and have been removed. You will not be asked any questions on this as part of the Home Office approved test based on the current (3rd) edition of the Life in the UK handbook.

The official government-issued handbook is 200 pages long and has a lot of facts and dates to memorise. But there are efficient ways to prepare for your test.

Life in the UK test preparation – step 1

It is a good idea to read the 5 chapters once, without making any effort to memorise anything. You just want to give yourself a general idea of the content.

Life in the UK test preparation – step 2

The handbook has so many facts to memorise, it can be overwhelming. So we found that the most efficient way to learn the content of the handbook is to do so chapter by chapter.

Start by reading chapter 1 (The Values and Principles of the UK), then take the corresponding chapter 1 practice test.

A chapter test offers the same multiple-choice format as the official Life in the UK test, but is specific to a chapter, i.e., it only draws questions from the chapter content.

👉 Chapter tests can be found in our Life in the UK Test Practice Package, and you can also try our free Life in the UK chapter test (for chapter 3) to see for yourself.

A chapter test allows you to memorise the content of the chapter at you own pace, since you can choose the number of questions for each test and the tests are not timed.

Once you are confident with your knowledge of chapter 1, repeat the process with chapter 2, and so on.

Life in the UK test preparation – step 3

Now that you are knowledgeable on all chapters, you can take simulation tests.

A simulation test is the exact replica (same format, same look) as the official test.

Simulation tests are timed (45 minutes) and present questions from all chapters, just like in the real test.

👉 Simulation tests can be found in our Life in the UK Test Practice Package, and you can also try our free Life on the UK simulation test to see for yourself.

We wish you the best for your Life in the UK test! 👍

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34 replies on “Life in the UK test – How to prepare for it?”

    1. Hello Youssef. We do not mail any CD, as our training program is solely online. That way, you can access your training account from any computer, tablet or smartphone. Cheers.

  1. HI,

    These questions are the same as on the test?
    I would really need to know,just have failed the test today…


    1. Hello Eniko,
      Sorry to hear that you have failed your test. Our questions are very similar to the official ones, and some exactly like the official ones. Overall, our practice questions seem to really work for passing the official test, based on our customers’ feedback. (see https://citizenshipsupport.co.uk/customer-reviews/).
      If you practice with us, you will be well prepared. Good luck!

  2. Hey i got my test booked for the next couple of days again as i have failed it few days back…. was wondering how it works on ur website as is it fully qualified with the home office also what more advantages do i have in regards to the official hand book and question and answers book as i really have to pass it this time due to time limit….please reply as a matter of urgency thanks.

    1. Hello Chana. We are an independent private company, but we offer a professional online training program with excellent practice questions covering the entire handbook. Our online program is designed to help you efficiently memorise all the handbook information and our simulation tests will familiarise you with the official test computer format. So I think these are the main differences with the official handbook questions and answers. Please see our customer reviews. Good luck to you on your second test!

  3. Hi admin,the quetion in the Internet (life in the uk free online 2013),is the same as at teh time of the test,?and if i could take a test but I don’t have a driving licence.? And how much I have to pay for test..thank you

    1. Hello Francisco. The questions might not be the same during your test. For driving license and pricing questions, it is best if you contact the Life in the UK test helpline on the number below:
      0800 0154245
      Opening hours for the helpdesk is Monday to Friday 8-6.

    1. Hello Shakeel. This really depends on the person. But generally speaking, you should give yourself at least a full week to digest the study guide content, and practice with our practice tests. Good luck!

  4. hi admin i have got the listening and speaking entry 3 certificate and letter from collage ,so to have the citizenship do i still need the life in the uk test ?


    1. Hi Ted. The Life in the UK test is one of the two requirements (the other requirement is having a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or its equivalent.). So yes you have to pass the test.

    1. Hello Laila. The name of the 3rd edition 2013 book is: Life in the UK: A Guide for New Residents (3rd edition)

  5. Hi, A friend of mine did this test in 2007 and has kindly offered to lend me her book to study from. My concern is that it might be out-dated for the questions that are being asked for the current test. Is it better to buy the most recent book or will the old book published in 2007 be sufficient? Many thanks.

    1. Don’t use the old book, as the new version (3rd edition) is quite different. Our training program includes the newest version (text and audio). Good luck!

  6. Hello, I did the listening and speaking test and passed before i came in 2012. Do I still need the listening and speaking test?

  7. Hi I would like to know what’s best reading the whole hand book or just doing practise questions online

  8. I bought this chapter test for me and my brother about 10 days ago. My brother has booked his exam in 02/10/2014. But he hasn’t finished all the questions he is very anxious about his exam what should he do now. He has got only 2 days left.

  9. My brother has passed his life in the UK test and I also booked my test in 16/10/2014. I am getting stress because I don’t know which tests I should practice many time chapter test or simulation test.

    1. You should practice with chapter tests to learn the content of the study guide, then do as many simulation tests as you can to get used to the official test format. Good luck!

  10. Good morning

    I have a Pearson English level 1 obtained in LAmbeth college. .
    I need another qualification ?

    Thank you

    Kind Regards

    1. Yes we can help you pass your Life in the UK test. You will still need to do some work, but we will provide you with a structured and guided environment that seem to work for a a lot of people (see our testimonials). To purchase our online training program, please click on the following link: https://citizenshipsupport.co.uk/life-in-the-uk-practice-test/ and then click on the “Buy Now” down that page. Good luck to you!

  11. Hi I just got my indefini leave to remind,how long do I need to wait to apply for my British passport.

    Thank you

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