Pass Life in the Uk Test in First Attempt: A Complete Guide

  • study during commute
  • study after putting kids to bed.
  • cutting down my ‘winding with Netflix’ time
Everyone: (when I fail the test)

What is Life in the UK Test

The Life in the United Kingdom test t is meant to prove that the person who is applying for settlement or nationality in the UK has sufficient knowledge of British life and it covers topics such as British values, history, traditions and everyday life.

You have delusions of adequacy my friend.

This test expects us, migrants, to know things that would not be expected of native-born citizens.

  • Booking (fairly easy)
  • Preparation (the elephant in the room)
  • Test ( the D-Day)

Booking

Who is required to give the Life in the UK test?

Life in the UK Test is a part of the application for British citizenship or settlement in the UK. The settlement also means ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain) in the UK.

Eligibility to give the test?

Firstly you need to confirm if you need to give the Life in the UK Test.

How long before one should book?

You must book your Life in the UK Test online at least 3 days in advance.

How to register for the Life in the UK Test?

This is the only official government service for booking the Life in the UK Test.

What do you require while registering for the test?

The following three things are required to book your test.

  1. email address
  2. debit or credit card
  3. an accepted form of ID (this can be a valid passport, a valid travel document with a photo, biometric residence permit or biometric residence card

How much is the fee?

The test costs £50.

How to book a centre?

You can choose where you want to take your test when you book depending upon your convenience.

Preparation

After booking my test, the first question I faced was How to prepare for the test.

Preparing with Book

Getting the book was the easy part. It cost me around £8. As I sat down to read it, I realized that there are too many things to remember, too much history to know and a lot of numbers to memorize. Also, having 2 young children didn’t help.

Preparing with the mobile app

The next thing I tried was to attempt the practice questions. For that, I searched for some phone apps because I knew that I need to squeeze in some study time either during my commute or at night time, after putting kids to bed.

IT WAS WORSE!

Practising from the Book

  1. You don’t miss out on anything.
  2. You get the satisfaction of going through the entire content.
  3. You must read the ENTIRE book, which is quite detailed (and boring!)
  4. Your work/other engagements (eg Netflix) /kids suffer. (Notice that Netflix comes before kids )
  5. You are not in the habit of reading anymore. ( That's me 🙋🏻‍♀️)
  6. You cant read during the commute. (I get motion sickness)
  7. Too much info to remember.

Practice from Mobile App

  1. You can pick it up any time of the day to practice (admit it!..you never get it out of your sight)
  2. You can practice while travelling. (Unfortunately, there are no signals underground)
  3. It’s possible to practice while watching tv (yes believe me)
  4. Great to pass the time while waiting for your kids' football practice to finish.
  5. The complete content of the Book is usually not covered in most of the apps.
  6. Most apps are too complicated, especially for those with a poor sense of direction (mine is horrible)
  7. Almost all the apps I used were extremely unaesthetic, with a bombardment of ads. ( I could hardly find the questions hidden among all the ads of home insurance and dog food)
  8. It's just not possible cant remember the monotonous delivery of information (All questions seem alike).
  9. Not enough explanations are given to help you remember the facts.

I was disgusted!!!

Pact to Myself

After going through so much trauma I made a promise to myself. Never EVER should anyone suffer this much.

What points I kept in mind while developing my own app

While making this app I had a very clear picture of what characteristics it must have. Following were the points that I have based this app on:

It must cover the entire book

I sat down with the book (Official Guide to Life in the UK 3rd Edition) and wrote questions along with their multiple choice answers. Making sure I don’t miss out on anything.

It gives information in such a way that it remains in your head even when you close the app

I also found the related pictures so if the facts are forgotten, the pictures make it easier to remember.

This is the home screen that shows your progress and the different ways to practice
Here you can search the words or phrases and get all the questions that include those words
The questions are prepared in the same format as the actual test format
If you don't know the answer press the help tab and you will see the correct answer followed by its explanation and related pictures to stimulate your visual memory

It must work without the internet

Internet is needed to install the app (obviously!). But once you download the app you can practice even while travelling on a tube.

It must be simple yet beautiful

If you see the app you would realize that my partner has put in extra effort to design so users can have a beautiful learning experience.

Sprinkle of Science

Each question is repeated twice even if answered correctly.

Multiple Tests

You can give mock tests at any time.

Gives you instant feedback on your progress and track your performance

It gives a proper feedback. It shows your progress chapter wise. So Once you finished a chapter it gives you a go-ahead signal to give a chapter test and once you pass it you are all ready to go to the next chapter.

Test

What happens before the test

  • Unfortunately(or fortunately), you cannot bring children or other family members with you to the centre
  • You will be required to keep all your belongings (including, mobile phone, handbag and coats) in a locker.
  • You will then be taken to a room where your ID is checked. A little bit overwhelming but since you are into it so better play it along)
  • You must bring the same ID that you used to book the test (very important!). Your photo will also be taken on the day to confirm your ID.
  • You will not be able to take the test and you will not get a refund if you do not bring the correct ID or if you refuse to have your photo taken.
  • Now you are all ready. You will then be taken to the test room.
Let’s Do it!

During the test

  • There might be other candidates giving tests as well.
  • Tests given to each candidate are different so there is no chance for any unfair practice.
  • When the tests start, you will be given a few practice questions (don’t worry if you get them wrong, they will not affect your final scores). These questions are given to make sure that you understand the procedure and get familiar with the testing software.
No Chance of this!

If you pass the test

  • You must score 75% or more to pass the test.
  • This means you must get 18 or more answers correct out of 24 questions.
  • You will be given a ‘reference number’ and a Pass Certificate.
  • This number will be needed to complete your citizenship or settlement application.
  • The Home Office will check through this reference number that you’ve passed.
  • Try not to lose the certificate. (Please don’t laminate it as Home Office people do not accept the laminated documents.
Me. Outside the Test Centre

If you fail the test

  • Unfortunately, you need to wait at least 7 days before taking the test again.
  • You can take the test as many times as you need to.
  • Although you will need to book the test and pay again each time.
  • And if you still haven’t purchased my app yet, this would be the best time to do it.
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON

Good Luck!

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