» Why has the test been introduced?
Becoming a British citizen or deciding to settle permanently in this country is an important event in your life. If you are applying for naturalisation as a British citizen or for indefinite leave to remain, you will need to show that you know about UK and life in UK. If you live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, 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.
» How do I book a test?
Contact a test centre during opening hours by telephone or in person. The test centre will offer you 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.
» How to find a Test Centre?
» When are test centres open?
Test centres offer testing at different times. Contact your local centre to find out the days and times they run their testing sessions.
» How much will the test cost and how do I pay for it?
The test costs £34.
You will need to pay this fee at your test centre before you take the test. Find a test centre gives you information on the methods of payment accepted by individual test centres.
» How do I cancel or postpone a test?
If you have to cancel or delay your test until another time, you must tell your test centre. If you give less than 7 days' notice, the test centre may charge a £10 administration fee. Please check with the test centre to find out if this is the case before booking your test.
» Are there any identification requirements?
Yes, you need to bring photographic ID with you to your test centre to present to the test supervisor. You must bring one of the following forms of ID (please note photos on all documents must be a true likeness of you for them to be accepted):
One of the following Home Office travel documents:
A Convention Travel Document (CTD)
A Certificate of Identity Document (CID)
A Stateless Person Document (SPD)
An Immigration Status Document, endorsed with a UK Residence Permit and bearing a photo of the holder
» Do test centres cater for disability needs?
Test centres can provide the test in a format that meets your particular needs. Please tell your test supervisor about these needs when you book your test. This will allow the test centre to make any arrangements and provide the support you need to make sure that your disability does not influence your test result. You can also find out about test usability preferences in the Navigation tutorial on this website. Further guidance for candidates with severe disabilities is available from the Home Office website.
» How do I find out about the facilities test centres have?
Visit the Find a test centre section for further information on centre facilities, like car parking and languages spoken by staff. Facilities and services may not be the same in the different test centres, so you should always contact your chosen centre to make sure they have the facilities you need.
» I'm new to computers. Is the test available in other formats?
The test will only be available to take on a computer at an official test centre. Try the Mouse training and Keyboard training to practise using a computer. The Navigation tutorial allows you to find out more about using the test.
» How do I get help using a computer?
UK online centres aim to provide everyone in England with access to computers near to where they live, as well as advice on using them. You can search for your nearest centre online. Please note that you may not be able to take your Life in the UK Test at the same centre. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, most local libraries offer free or low-cost computer and internet access.