British Citizenship Test
To become a British citizen or to settle in the UK (indefinite leave to remain), you will need to demonstrate knowledge of life in the UK and proficiency in the English language. While some settlement applicants are exempt from the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK Test (KOLL), all citizenship applicants are required to pass the test to become naturalised UK citizens.
Life in the UK Test
The Life in the UK test is designed to ensure you will adapt comfortably and happily to life in the UK. It tests your knowledge of UK customs, government, law and values. The UK is a country of diverse cultures, customs and points of view and its people deeply value equal rights for all members of the UK community.
The test is to be taken on a computer in a designated testing facility. You will be asked 24 questions and be given 45 minutes to complete the test. There is no limit to the number of times the test can be taken, so don't worry if you don't pass the first or even the second time.
The Life in the UK test will cover the following topics:
- The values and principles of the UK
- Traditions and cultures from around the UK
- Events and people that have shaped the UK's history
- UK government and law
- How to get involved in the UK community
To pass the KOLL test, you must speak English*, understand spoken English and be able to read English. You can meet this requirement in one of four ways:
- You are a national of a majority English speaking country.
- You have obtained a degree taught in English.
- You can prove that your knowledge of English is equivalent to B1 (intermediate level) on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).
- You can obtain a speaking and listening qualification in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Entry levels 1,2 or 3. You must study at an accredited institution on a course of study which uses citizenship-based teaching materials.
*If you are taking the test in Scotland, you may request to take it in Scottish Gaelic. If you are taking the test in Wales, you may request to take it in Welsh.