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Life in the UK Test Study materials: Clarifications and Corrections

The study materials for the Life in the UK test contain all the information you need to pass the citizenship test. However hard you try, it is very difficult to give a complete and representative picture of British society in under 200 pages.

The official study materials, Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents, cover complicated topics and simplify things. Because of the amount of information covered this is inevitable, so readers must bear in mind the purpose of the test – for instance the differences between the terms ‘road tax’ and ‘vehicle excise duty’ aren’t significant.

However, there are some issues with the text that need to be highlighted. You will find them highlighted in our study materials with blue underlining.

The following information is intended to clarify points that may be confusing. The page numbers given refer to our Handbook, Study Guide and Study Guide and CD ROM titles.

The official advice from the government always has been, ‘learn the material as reproduced in the book for your test’.


PAGE 1 – Booking Your Test

The address for the Life in the UK Test booking service is now www.gov.uk/life-in-the-uk-test

PAGE 14 – The Sutton Hoo Helmet

The helmet shown is actually a 7th-century Viking helmet that was discovered in Vendel, Sweden, and not the helmet found at Sutton Hoo. You can see the Sutton Hoo helmet at the British Museum.

PAGE 37 – The Hindoostan Coffee House

Despite being called the Hidoostan Coffee House, it was indeed one of the first curry houses in the UK. The text is correct.

PAGE 41 – Longest Reigning Monarch

Elizabeth II became the UK’s longest reigning monarch in September 2015.

PAGE 55 – The Concorde

There was another supersonic commercial airliner called the Tupolev TU-144, made in Russia.

PAGE 60 – The Prime Minister

David Cameron resigned as Prime Minister in 2016 and was replaced by Theresa May.

PAGE 71 – The Menorah

The menorah used during Hannukah typically has nine candles, with the middle candle being used to light the other eight.

PAGE 75 – Jessica Ennis

After marrying, the Olympic heptathlete took the name Jessica Ennis-Hill.

PAGE 85 – The Man Booker Prize

Since 2014 the Man Booker Prize is awarded for fiction novels originally written in English and published in the UK by authors from anywhere in the world.

PAGE 112 – Contacting Elected Members

The phone number for the House of Commons has changed. The current number can be found on the Parliament website

PAGE 114 – Standing as an MP

Whilst the materials here say ‘anyone over the age of 18 can stand for election as an MP’, exceptions to this rule are detailed on pages 121-2.

PAGE 121 – Voter Registration in England

Individual voter registration has been used in England since 2014.

PAGE 122 – The Welsh Assembly

The Welsh Assembly website address is now www.gov.wales

PAGES 123-4 – The Commonwealth

There are now 52 member states in the Commonwealth, as the Maldives left in 2016.

PAGE 133 – The small claims procedure

The upper limits for using the small claims procedure have changed in England & Wales and in Scotland. The upper limit in England and Wales is now £10,000. In Scotland it is now £5,000.

PAGE 138 – Contacting the HMRC

The contact details for the HMRC have changed. You can find the current details at www.gov.uk/contact-hmrc

PAGE 139 – Road Tax

Drives have not been required to display a tax disc on the windscreen of their car since 2014.

PAGE 143 – Contacting the Department for Education (DfE)

The contact details for the DfE have changed. You can find the current details at www.gov.uk/contact-dfe

PAGE 146 – Contacting Recycling and Citizen Services

Various contact details have changed, as detailed here: