Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a nerve-wracking time for many applicants. You may be unsure if you will be accepted, whether the paperwork submitted was correct, or whether any other problem may occur. Add to this the requirement to sit and pass the ‘Life in the UK test’, and it is easy to see why many ILR applicants may feel more than a little nervous about the process of seeking UK permanent residence.
As those who have been through the ILR journey and have successfully passed the Life in the UK test will tell you, if you carefully prepare, you will pass with flying colours.
There is no real shortcut to making sure you will be able to pass the Life in the UK test (LITUK). Don’t just rely on your current general knowledge, as some of the questions can even confuse those born and raised in the UK.
LITUK is as much an exercise in how much you can remember than understanding UK history and culture.
LITUK mock tests
According to one applicant, Alessandro Morandi, who wrote about his experience and advice of passing LITUK on Medium.com, completing as many mock tests as possible is invaluable. As he says, the best source of the types questions you will encounter are contained in the Home Office’s own publication, entitled, ‘Life in the United Kingdom Official Practice Questions & Answers which costs £7.99. The book also has a companion app which you can use on your mobile phone or tablet.
Alessandro also recommends using Youtube during your preparations. For example, he mentions the Kings and Queens series of videos, which cover the Normans, Middle Ages, Tudors, Stuarts, Georgians, and Moderns.
In addition, simply by searching ‘LITUK’, you will find a large number of useful videos.
Booking for the LITUK is completed online at https://www.lituktestbooking.co.uk/lituk-web/. Before booking, ensure you have all of the information you will need, including:
When completing the booking form, make sure that your name matches and is in the same order as your name on your BRP/passport (i.e. title, first, middle, and surname).
The fee for the LITUK is £50.
Your test will be completed at an official UK test center, of which there are over 30 across the UK, and you can expect to be there for around two hours in total. You will need to arrive at the time outlined in your confirmation email.
On arrival, you will have your ID checked, i.e. your BRP/passport. You must also take an original document showing your name and address (this must be no more than three months old) – any of the following may be used:
Make sure that the name and address shown on your proof of addresses matches the details you entered when you booked the LITUK.
Once you have had your identity confirmed, your photo will be taken prior to the test.
Before entering the test room, you will have an opportunity to place all of your valuables into a locker. Remember, you will not be allowed to take any written material, electronic devices including a mobile phone, or a wristwatch into the test room, hence it is best to leave all of your items in one of the lockers provided.
On arrival in the test room, your ID will be checked again, and you will be seated at the computer ready to complete the LITUK.
The test starts by providing four practice questions (it doesn’t matter if you get these wrong), after which you will complete the 24 questions provided. If you are unsure of an answer, the system allows you to simply flag these to be answered later in the test. Once completed, you will be asked to return to the waiting room.
After a small wait, your name will be called, and you will be told if you have passed or failed. If you pass, you will be given a ‘pass notification letter’. Do keep this letter safe as you will need to provide this to the Home Office as proof that you have passed the test.
If you fail the test, it can be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. That said, you will have to repeat the whole process outlined above and pay the test fee of £50 each time. You will also have to wait seven days before taking the test again. Your notification letter will tell you which questions you answered incorrectly and hence may suggest areas that you need to study more before redoing the test.
The LITUK test is only one aspect of the application process for indefinite leave to remain, but it is one that many applicants fear the most. In practice, such worry is misplaced. Failure of the LITUK does not mean failure of your ILR application; you can simply repeat the test as many times as needed. There are many resources available for those taking the LITUK, in the form of books, ebooks, sample tests, websites, videos, and mobile apps. Find a method of learning that works for you personally; you may prefer learning by listening, rather than reading. We wish you the best with your LITUK test and with your ILR application.
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