Updated: Mar 4, 2021
To get UK citizenship, people who applied for it have to pass the British Citizenship Language Test with B1 CEFR Level and the Life in the UK test. They have to prove their knowledge of the English Language and skills such as speaking, writing, reading, and listening.
How to prove your knowledge of the English Language?
There are the following three ways to prove one’s knowledge of the English Language:
Research in English
A degree in English
English Language Qualification at B1, B2, C1, or C2 level.
However, the qualification expires after two years of receiving it. But the good thing is, you can still use it as proof for your citizenship application.
The Life in the UK Test
For the British Citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) status, one must have to take the Life in the UK Test. Also, the ‘Life in the UK test’ is a computer-based test that contains 24 multiple choice questions related to history, law framework, traditions, and every life in the UK. In order to pass the test, the applicant has to score at least 75% (i.e. answer 18 or more out of the 24 questions correctly).
Below listed are a few examples of questions that applicants might face while appearing for the test: Which of the UK Landmarks is in Wales?
What is the capital of England?
Who built the Tower of London?
Which flower is associated with England?
When is St David’s Day?
What must you ensure while walking your dog in a public area?
As you can see, the questions are no easy and regular questions. That’s you must not underestimate this test. You can prepare for it by taking the help of the Official British Citizenship Handbook. The book provides overall knowledge of British history, geography, government, and the local culture. It also contains a number of sample papers that might help you to practice better.
British Citizenship Language Test
The British Citizenship Language Test ensures that the applicant can communicate in English with other English speaking people. They can listen, read, speak, and write in English. So, if you’ve gone through any language qualification test, then you may have to take this test.
To prove one’s knowledge of the English Language, the applicant has to appear for the Secure English Language Test (SELT) which follows CEFR’s (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) framework. He/she must pass the test with a B1 grade or higher.
The test grades your English ability as follows:
● A1 – Beginner ● A2 – Elementary ● B1 – Intermediate ● B2 – Upper-Intermediate ● C1 – Proficient ● C2 – Mastery
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