Updated: October 20, 2021
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.
The official government-issued handbook is 180 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.
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.
We wish you the best for your Life in the UK test! 👍