This is often referred to as the settlement or citizenship test.
Why do I 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 home and to reach a reasonable standard of English.
I am a European Economic Area (EEA) national. Do I need to sit the test?
If you are an EEA national you do not need to obtain indefinite leave to remain in Jersey, but you will have to sit the test should you wish to become a British citizen.
What is the test?
It is a paper-based test which consists of 24 multiple choice questions, with six questions based on local information about Jersey. The pass mark for the test is 75%.
Tests taken after 25 March 2013 will be based on a new 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)
What level of English do I need to sit the test?
You will need to be able to speak and understand English to ESOL level 3 to be able to study for the test and to understand the questions.
UK test website
Where can I sit the test?
The test is administered by Highlands College. Bookings for the test should be made directly through Highlands College.
Highlands College website
How much does the test cost?
The test costs £50 and payment should be made directly to Highlands College, who are the examining board.
You can sit the test as many times as you wish, however there will be a charge for each exam you sit.
I have already passed the test. Do I need to sit it again for my naturalisation application?
No. You only need to pass the test once. If you passed the test to qualify for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) you will not need to re-sit it should you later apply to naturalise as a British citizen.
How do I prove I have passed the test?
Once you have passed the test, Highlands College will provide you with a certificate. If you took the test in the UK or Islands you will have also been provided with a certificate issued by the examining board. You will need to present your certificate when you make your application for ILR or naturalisation.
Exemption from meeting the language and knowledge of life in the United Kingdom
Certain categories of people are exempt from the requirement to prove knowledge of language and life in the UK.
Exemption because of your age
If you are aged 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.
Exemption because of your disability
If you have a long-standing, 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 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 produce evidence from a medical practitioner confirming your disability.
If you would require special arrangements to learn English or take the test, you still have to meet the requirements.
Exemption for certain categories of applicants
You will not 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 312-314 of the Directions of the Lieutenant-Governor
- a retired person of independent means
- an EEA family permit holder
- applying for settlement following 5 years' leave as a refugee
- applying for settlement following 6 years' discretionary leave
- applying for settlement following 4 years' exceptional leave to remain
- applying for settlement following 5 years' humanitarian protection
- being granted settlement outside the Immigration Rules
Please note that you will still need to meet the requirements if you later apply for British citizenship, unless you are exempt for other reasons.