Why has the test been introduced?
Becoming a British citizen or deciding to settle permanently in this country is an important event in your life. If you are applying for naturalisation as a British citizen or for indefinite leave to remain, you will need to show that you understand English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic and know about life in the UK.
Who has to take the test?
If you are applying for settlement in the UK or naturalisation as a British citizen you will need to take the test, unless you are exempt. You can find out if you are exempt from the Knowledge of Language and Life requirement by looking at the requirements pages for citizenship and settlement.
Is the test only available in English?
The test is offered routinely in English. However, if you are taking the test in a centre based in Wales you may request to take a test in the Welsh language, or if taking the test in Scotland you may request to take the test in Scottish Gaelic. You can get further details by calling the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 0154245.
When do I take the test?
You should take the test before you apply for naturalisation as a British citizen or before you apply for indefinite leave to remain, provided you meet all the other requirements.
For more information on how to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen or on how to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain visit the Home Office website. You can also ring one of the Helplines:
- For more information about British citizenship (naturalisation) applications ring 0845 010 5200.
- For more information about indefinite leave to remain (settlement) applications ring: 0870 606 7766
Where can I find out more information about the test?
This 'About the test' section of the website is designed to provide you with all the information you need about taking the test. If after reading this section you still have some questions, you can contact the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 0154245 for more help.