3rd Revision of UK Citizenship Test announced for release in March

Publication of the long-awaited 3rd revision of the UK Citizenship test has been announced by the Immigration Minister, Mark Harper MP. The new test will be launched on 25 March 2013 and this latest version of the test will be the first update to the materials since 2007.

The new test will keep the same format which means that you must still score 75% (18 correct answers) from a test of 24 questions. Anyone sitting the test will be expected to have English Language skills equivalent to level 3 of the ESOL system (equivalent to a Cambridge First (FCE) and upper-intermediate level B2 of the ECFR).

The Home Office have advised that the study materials have been completely revised which means that the new materials, Life in the United Kingdom: A guide for new residents, 3rd edition. As well as the likely removal of former Home Secretary, John Reid, from the introduction, the updates will see a complete shift in focus.

Minister for Immigration Mark Harper said: ‘We’ve stripped out mundane information about water meters, how to find train timetables, and using the internet. The new book rightly focuses on values and principles at the heart of being British. Instead of telling people how to claim benefits it encourages participation in British life.’

It is expected that new materials will no longer feature information about public transport, credit cards and job interviews and other common parts of life in Britain. These sections are being removed because the Home Office feel that people living in the UK ‘should already be aware’ of the information.

Instead the new test will focus on ‘British culture, history and traditions as well as the events and people who have helped make Britain a great place to live’. Examples provided in the press release include famous British figures including, ‘writers like William Shakespeare and Robert Burns, the great scientists Isaac Newton and Alexander Fleming, engineers and industrialists like Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Richard Arkwright and politicians including Winston Churchill and Clement Attlee.’ Historical information features in Chapter 1 of the 2007 study materials, but is not tested in the exam.

You can try the Home Office’s sample questions or read a sample chapter on The Guardian website, amongst other places.

If you are concerned about when the new test will be introduced and how this will affect you, you can read our previous article, What to expect from the new citizenship test. It should be noted that the information in this article is based on our previous experience here at LifeintheUK.net and does not represent official Home Office Guidance.


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