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 4 – Booking Your Test
There are over 30 test centres around the UK.
The address for the Life in the UK Test booking service is now www.gov.uk/life-in-the-uk-test
PAGE 37 – The Hindoostane Coffee House
Despite being called the Hindoostane Coffee House, it was indeed one of the first curry houses in the UK. The text is correct.
PAGE 54 – R A Butler
RA Butler became a Conservative MP in 1929 (not 1923) when he was elected as MP for Saffron Walden.
PAGE 55 – The Concorde
There was another supersonic commercial airliner called the Tupolev TU-144, made in Russia.
PAGE 57 – Peter Mansfield
Peter Mansfield died in 2017.
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 74 – Sir Roger Bannister
Sir Roger Bannister died in 2018.
PAGE 75 – David Weir
David Weir has won the London Marathon eight times.
PAGE 84 – Dame Zaha Hadid
Dame Zaha Hadid died in 2016.
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.
And, as of 2020, Man Group no longer sponsors the prize. It is now known as The Booker Prize.
PAGE 103 – The Lake District
The Lake District was expanded by approximately 3% in 2016.
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.
PAGES 116 & 118 – The Northern Ireland Assembly
The Northern Ireland Assembly now has 90 members of the Legislative Assembly following the election on 2 March 2017.
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
PAGE 124 – Swaziland
Swaziland was renamed Eswatini in 2018.
PAGE 133 – The small claims procedure
The upper limits for using the small claims procedure in Scotland have changed. The upper limit in Scotland 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 141 – Jury Service
The upper age limit for someone to serve on a jury has been changed to 75.
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: