Could you pass Life in the UK Test to become a British citizen?

Poll: Did you pass the test (18 out of 24)
Yes (2)
No (1)
I got below 15 (0)
I got below 10 (0)
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The UK citizenship test, set down by the Home Office, must be passed by applicants who have British citizenship in their sights but would you pass it?

The Life in the UK test is a compulsory exam which must be passed by applicants who want to become a citizen of the UK. To pass, the applicant must get 75 per cent of the questions correct or 18/24.

From history to sport, traditions to religion and days of significance, the official UK test as set by the Home Office, tests potential Britons on their knowledge on every aspect of life in the UK.

While this isn't the real thing, the questions below was complied from a range of online sites which purport to help applicant to prepare for the life in the UK test.

How do you guys do? Could you pass the British citizenship test!?

1) When is a by-election for a parliamentary seat held?
  1. Every two years
  2. Half-way through a parliamentary term
  3. When a Member of Parliament (MP) dies or resigns
  4. When the Prime Minister decides to call one
2) What were ‘the Troubles’ about?
  1. Disagreement over Ireland becoming one country
  2. Independence for Scotland
  3. Independence for Wales
  4. Setting up an English Parliament
3) In 1348 a third of the populations of England, Wales and Scotland died as a result of which plague?
  1. The White Death
  2. The Green Death
  3. The Blue Death
  4. The Black Death
4) Which of the following is a famous Stone Age site in the UK?
  1. Globe Theatre
  2. Nelson’s Column
  3. Stonehenge
  4. Windsor Castle
5) At what age can you vote in a General Election in the UK?
  1. 18
  2. 19
  3. 20
  4. 21
6) St David is the patron saint of which country of the UK?
  1. England
  2. Scotland
  3. Northern Ireland
  4. Wales
7) Dundee and Aberdeen are cities in Northern Ireland. TRUE or FALSE?
  1. True
  2. False
8) Who opens the new parliamentary session each year?
  1. The Archbishop of Canterbury
  2. The monarch
  3. The Prime Minister
  4. The Speaker of the House of Commons
9) What did St Augustine and St Columba do during the Anglo-Saxon period?
  1. They invented new farming techniques.
  2. They were leaders of an uprising in Wales.
  3. They were early Christian missionaries.
  4. They were courageous warriors.
10) How old do you need to be in order to stand for public office?
  1. 20
  2. 19
  3. 18
  4. 16
11) The jet engine and radar were developed in Britain in the 1830s. TRUE or FALSE?
  1. True
  2. False
12) Bobby Moore is famous for his achievements in which sport?
  1. Horse racing
  2. Rugby union
  3. Football
  4. Motor racing
13) What type of church is the Church of Scotland?
  1. Roman Catholic
  2. Quaker
  3. Methodist
  4. Presbyterian
14) Which of the following statements is correct?
  1. There is no official Church in the UK.
  2. The official Church of state of the UK is the Church of England.
15) The Bill of Rights of 1689 limited whose powers?
  1. Parliament
  2. The king
  3. Judges
  4. The Church
16) Which of the following statements is correct?
  1. The capital cities of the nations of the UK are London, Swansea, Glasgow and Dublin.
  2. The capital cities of the nations of the UK are London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast
17) A traditional food in Wales is Ulster fry. TRUE or FALSE?
  1. True
  2. False
18) If you are an EU citizen living in the UK you can vote in all British public elections. TRUE or FALSE?
  1. True
  2. False
19) In everyday language people may say, ‘rain stopped play’. With which sport is this phrase associated?
  1. Cricket
  2. Football
  3. Rugby league
  4. Horse racing
20) The daffodil is the national flower of Wales. TRUE or FALSE?
  1. True
  2. False
21) People over 75 years of age do not have to pay for a television licence. TRUE or FALSE?
  1. True
  2. False
22) What was the name given to supporters of King Charles I during the Civil War?
  1. Luddites
  2. Roundheads
  3. Cavaliers
  4. Levellers
23) The Channel Islands are a part of the UK. TRUE or FALSE?
  1. True
  2. False
24) Henry VII established the House of Tudor. What colour rose became the Tudor emblem?
  1. Pink
  2. White
  3. Red
  4. Red and white
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Report 5 years ago
Did one of the practise tests on the site you linked instead and got 15/24, I did accidentally click the wrong answer for one of the questions however. I did also know another but chose the answer I preferred just as it wasn't a serious test
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The Independent (I think) ran a story about this a long time ago, claiming that most Britons would actually fail this rather poorly named test (what does knowing the date of the invention of the first engine have to do with life in the UK?). Given that it's a multiple-choice test in which most of the answers are obvious to a reasonably knowledgeable person, I don't think that it's any more challenging than the theory test that prospective drivers are expected to pass.

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