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.
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.
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.