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Life in the UK

What is the "Life in the UK" Test?

The Life in the United Kingdom test is a computer-based, On-Line test with 24 questions, which is taken at one of the UK Government Test Centres. The test is designed to prove that the applicant has a sufficient knowledge of British life and sufficient proficiency in the English language.
You will need to take the Life in the UK test if you want to apply for British Citizenship or for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

  • Candidates must answer 24 questions in 45 minutes.
  • The pass mark is 75%.
  • If a candidate fails to pass the test, they must wait for at least 7 days before retaking the test.
  • It is one of the requirements for anyone seeking Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or naturalisation as a British citizen.

What is Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)?
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is an immigration status which allows the person who holds it to live and work in the UK for an unlimited time, without any need to apply for a visa extension. Benefits of ILR include freedom to work in the UK, to study in the UK and access NHS healthcare and services. ILR is one step away from British Citizenship.
British Citizenship You need British citizenship if you want to:

  • Get a British passport
  • Vote in national elections.
  • Leave the UK for as long as you want, without losing your ‘right to return’.
  • get British citizenship for your children if they’re born outside the UK. If your children are born in the UK, they’ll automatically be British citizens if you have indefinite leave to remain, settled status or permanent residence when they’re born - you don’t need to be a British citizen.


ESOLnet will prepare you for the Life in the UK test but we do not deliver the test itself.
click here for a list of Test Centres

  • An ELEMENTARY level of general English would be necessary before beginning Life in the UK study.

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