Life in the UK Study Checklist

There are a lot of things that you need to remember to do for the Life in the UK Test. Make sure that you avoid problems and get organised by completing this checklist.

Test appointment booked

  • Book your test by visiting the Life in the UK Test booking site. You can only book your test online but you if you have any questions you can call the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 015 4245. There are now around 60 test centres in the UK. The booking system will automatically direct you to your closest test centres..
    Remember that you must book your test at least 7 days in advance, and you may have to wait longer when booking at test centres in busy areas. Information released by Ufi, the company which runs the test centres, shows the average waiting time is 15 days.
  • Make sure you note your test date and time and plan your studies around this deadline.

Finished reading and understanding the study materials.

You may be tested on any of the material covered in chapters 2-6. You will almost certainly be tested on specific facts and numbers, so you must be sure you know these.
  • Chapter 2 - The Values and Principles of the UK
  • Chapter 3 - What is the UK?
  • Chapter 4 - A Long and Illustrious History
  • Chapter 5 - A Modern, Thriving Society
  • Chapter 6 - The UK Government, the Law and Your Role


Completed Practice Tests

There are practice tests in the books, Life in the UK: Study Guide and Life in the UK: Study Guide & CD ROM, available from our shop.

Completed Online Practice Tests

Online practice tests are available from this site.

Checked latest news, tips and advice in our About the test section



Valid photographic ID arranged


The staff at test centres turn lots of people away because of problems with their registered photographic ID. Make sure you read our guidance on registering your ID. Your ID can be one of the following documents:
  • a passport from your country of origin – this document may be out of date
  • a Biometric Residence Permit: This is a residence permit which holds your biometric information, facial image and fingerprints - this document must be in date
  • a UK photocard driving licence, full or provisional - this document must be in date
  • one of the following Home Office travel documents: a Convention Travel Document (CTD), a Certificate of Identity Document (CID) or a Stateless Persons’ Document (SPD) – this document must be in date
  • an Immigration Status Document, endorsed with a UK Residence Permit and bearing a photo of the holder - this document may be out of date, or
  • a European Union Identity Card - this document must be in date

Test centre location and travel route confirmed

Make sure you note your test centre address and phone number and have planned your travel arrangements for getting to the test centre.

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