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’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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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
Find out about call charges
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 a form or letter from a doctor confirming your physical or mental condition
If you’re an EU citizen and you were living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living here after 30 June 2021. If you want to move to the UK from 1 January 2021, you may need to apply for a visa.