Life in the UK Test

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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.

You can currently choose a test date up to 30 September 2024. You can book later test dates from 19 August 2024.

Prepare for the test

You’ll be tested on information in the official handbook for the Life in the UK Test. You should study it to prepare for the test. The handbook is available as a book, an eBook, an e-Learning subscription or in audio formats.

You’ll 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

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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 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 previous gender (including a different name) that you do not want the test centre staff to see or for it to show on your test result, email before booking your test. They’ll tell you what you need to do.

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 accessing 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
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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’re 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 an exemption form or a letter from a doctor confirming your physical or mental condition