Life in the UK Test

Book the Life in the UK Test   

This is the only official government service for booking the Life in the UK Test. You need to take the test as part of your application for British citizenship or settlement in the UK.  

You must book your Life in the UK Test online at least 3 days in advance. It costs £50.  

There are over 30 test centres in the UK. You can choose where to take your test when you book.  

Prepare for the test  

You will be tested on information in the official handbook for the Life in the UK Test - you should study this book to prepare for the test.  

You will have 45 minutes to answer 24 questions about British traditions and customs.  

Book the test  

You need all of the following to book a test: 

  • email address 

  • debit or credit card 

  • an accepted form of ID 

Accepted forms of ID 

You can use one of the following as ID to book the test: 

  • valid passport 

  • valid travel document with a photo (you cannot use an emergency travel document) 

  • biometric residence permit  

  • biometric residence card  

Check the identification requirements document to make sure the ID you have is acceptable. 

Email nationality enquiries for help if you do not have any of these documents.  

The name you give on your test booking must be an exact match with the name on the ID you use to book the test. 

If you have a disability  

You can make special requests when you book your test, for example if you have a disability and need extra equipment or help to access the centre.  

Get help 

Contact the Life in the UK Test Helpline if you need help with your booking. 

Life in the UK Test Helpline 

Telephone: 0800 015 4245  

Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm  

When you do not need to take the test 

You do not need to take the test if you: 

  • are under 18 

  • are 65 or over 

  • have passed it before - for example, if you are applying to become a citizen and already passed it as part of your settlement application 

  • have a long-term physical or mental condition - you must provide either a form or letter from a doctor confirming your physical or mental condition 

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021. You and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK. 

See also: 

Additional information on the Life in the UK Test can be found on GOV.UK's website.