How much do you know about life in the UK? Those hoping to become an official British citizen must pass a test to prove they are knowledgeable on topics ranging from the royal family to national holidays. There are 24 questions on the ‘Life in the UK’ test, and in order to pass you must score more than 75%.


The test covers the following topics:

  • The values and principles of the UK
  • Traditions and cultures from around the UK
  • Events and people that have shaped the UK's history
  • UK government and law
  • How to get involved in the UK community


How do you think you would fare? Read on to see some examples of test questions and their correct answers.


Example 1


What is the system of government in the UK?

  • Parliamentary Democracy
  • Military Dictatorship
  • Presidential Republic
  • Absolute Monarchy


The correct answer is parliamentary democracy.

The UK is divided into parliamentary constituencies. Voters in each constituency elect a Member of Parliament (MP) in a General Election. All of the elected MPs form the House of Commons. Most MPs belong to a political party, and the party with the most MPs forms the government.


Example 2


What sort of event is the Grand National?

  • Rugby
  • Golf
  • Horse racing
  • Tennis


The Grand National is a horse racing event.

It is held annually at Aintree Racecourse, and is a big date in the British calendar. The race is popular amongst many people who do not normally watch or bet on horse racing at other times of the year, and the royal family always attend. It is famous for the fashion of its attendees, placing a large focus on hats.


Example 3


Where was Anne Boleyn, the wife of Henry VIII, executed?

  • Houses of the Parliament
  • Stonehenge
  • Tower of London
  • Whitehall


The execution took place at the Tower of London.

Anne Boleyn was the first English queen to be publically executed. She was the second wife of King Henry VIII and the mother of the future Queen Elizabeth I. She was executed on charges of adultery, incest, and treason, although her guilt is still debated among historians.


Example 4


When did women get the right to vote at the same age as men?

  • 1918
  • 1928
  • 1938
  • 1948


Women were given the right to vote at the same age as men (21) in 1928.

In 1928, the Conservative government passed the Representation of the People Act giving the vote to all women over the age of 21 on equal terms with men.


Example 5


Which charity works to preserve important buildings, coastlines, and countryside in the UK?

  • Shelter
  • Age UK
  • Crisis
  • The National Trust


The correct answer is The National Trust.

The National Trust is a charity that works to preserve important buildings, coastlines, and countryside in the UK. They rely on the support of members, donors, and volunteers to maintain these special places.


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