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British citizenship: life in the UK test

​This is often referred to as the "Citizenship Test".

Why you need to pass the test

You normally need to pass this test before you can apply for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) or naturalisation as a British citizen.

The aim is to encourage you to learn about the place you have chosen to make your permanent home and to reach a reasonable standard of English. 

European Economic Area nationals

If you are an EEA national you do not need to get indefinite leave to remain in Jersey. But if you want to become a British citizen, you must pass the test. 

About the test

The test is paper-based. There are 24 multiple-choice questions and 6 questions are about Jersey. The pass mark is 75%.

The test is based on the newest edition of the handbook, ‘Life in the United Kingdom: a guide for new residents’, and on a Jersey supplement. 

Where to buy handbooks

You can get the 'Life in the United Kingdom: a guide for new residents' handbook from the TSO website or from online stores and high street retailers.

You can get the Jersey supplement from the Jersey Passport Office or download it below.

TSO Shop website

Download the Jersey supplement to be used after 25 March 2013 (size 172kb) 

Your level of English

You must be able to speak and understand English to ESOL entry level 3 to study for the test and to understand the questions.  

Cost and how to book

To book a test, you should contact Highlands College. The test costs £50. 

You can sit the test as many times as you want, but you will have to pay each time.

Passing the test

Once you have passed the test, the examining board will give you a certificate.

You must provide your certificate when you apply for ILR or naturalisation. 

If you apply for naturalisation later

You only need to pass the test once. If you passed the test to qualify for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) you won’t need to re-sit it if you apply for naturalisation later.  

People who don’t need to meet the requirement

Certain categories of people do not need to prove knowledge of language and life in the UK.  

Your age

If you are under 18 or 65 and over, you do not need to meet the knowledge of language and life in the UK requirement. When you apply, you should produce your passport or birth certificate as evidence of your age.

 

Disabilities

If you have a long-term, permanent disability that prevents you from learning English, you may not have to meet the requirements. You must:

  • be suffering from a long-term illness or disability that severely restricts your mobility and ability to attend language classes
  • have a mental impairment that means you are unable to learn another language

When you apply, you should provide evidence from a medical practitioner confirming your disability.

If you need special arrangements to learn English or take the test, you still have to meet the requirements. 

 

Other exempt categories

You don’t have to meet the requirement if you are applying for settlement and you are:

  • a Foreign and Commonwealth citizen on discharge from HM Forces (including Gurkhas)
  • the spouse of a Foreign and Commonwealth citizen on discharge from HM Forces (including Gurkhas)
  • applying as a victim of domestic violence
  • applying as a bereaved spouse, bereaved unmarried partner or bereaved civil partner
  • a parent, grandparent or other dependant relative and you are applying under paragraph 317-319 of the Jersey Immigration Rules
  • retired person of independent means
  • an EEA family permit holder
  • applying for settlement following five years' leave as a refugee
  • applying for settlement following six years' discretionary leave
  • for settlement following four years' exceptional leave to remain
  • applying for settlement following five years' humanitarian protection
  • being granted settlement outside the Jersey Immigration Rules

You must still meet the requirements if you later apply for British citizenship, unless you are exempt for other reasons.



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