Free help with citizenship test for migrants in Scotland
Understanding the UK’s complex requirements for citizenship can be tricky – but a free service can help with the society test for migrants.
Life In The UK Test Web is a free online resource to help people prepare for the British Citizenship test.
It offers extensive study resources along with dozens of sample tests to prepare you for the official route; its 15 example exams have become very popular and a valuable asset for its thousands of followers on Facebook seeking a helping hand with staying in the UK.
There are different ways to apply for British citizenship based on your circumstances.
If you were born in the UK, you don't automatically get British citizenship, depending on when you were born and your parents’ circumstances; you may need to apply for citizenship.
For those who have moved to the UK, there are a number of routes to citizenship.
Indefinite leave to remain
You can usually apply for indefinite leave to remain after you’ve lived in the UK for five years – then you can apply for citizenship.
If you and your family member are from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you can apply for ‘settled status’ after you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years. To then apply for citizenship with settled status, you must usually have lived in the UK for 12 months after getting it.
Permanent residence status
If you or a family member are from the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland, you usually get permanent residence status automatically after living in the UK for five years. To apply for citizenship with permanent residence status, you must usually have lived in the UK for 12 months after getting permanent residence status.
To apply as the spouse or civil partner of a British citizen, you must have lived in the UK for the last three years. You’ll also need to have indefinite leave to remain, settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or a permanent residence document to confirm you have permanent residence status.
You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if: you have a British parent; you have another type of British nationality; you’re stateless; or you previously gave up your citizenship.
Help with applying
If you’re applying for British citizenship or settlement in the UK, you'll need to pass a Life in the UK test – and that's where Life In The UK Test Web can help.
"Our team have the experience of having undertaken and successfully passed the UK citizenship test ourselves," says CEO Monica Mosquera.
"We strive to keep the information presented on the site free and as up-to-date as possible to get you prepared for the official test with confidence”.
“We have gathered numerous questions that cover the contents of the official Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents third edition handbook and created 15 exams to really help prepare migrants for the official test."
The test, which forms part of your application for British citizenship or settlement in the UK, costs £50 every time you take it: you'll be tested on information in the official handbook for the Life in the UK Test.
You’ll have 45 minutes to answer 24 questions about British traditions and customs and you have to score 75 per cent or more to pass the test.
If you fail, you have to wait a week before taking the test again, but you can take the test as many times as you need to – just bear in mind that you need to book and pay again each time.
Try the British citizenship test here.