Free Life In The UK Test for 2017

The Official Life in the UK Test is also known as British Citizenship Test is a test for someone seeking Indefinite Leave to Remain or British citizenship. Our online free life in the UK test 2017 contains 24 questions about British traditions and customs. When you practice Life in the UK Test, you will need to answer 18 questions correctly to pass within 45 minutes when you practice. Our free practice tests contents are based on latest version of the official handbook which is valid for Life in the UK test 2017: British Citizenship Test. All mock tests cover the chapters from the book. Chapters are the values and principles of the UK, what is the UK, a modern, thriving story, the UK government, the law and your role.

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1. What Do You Need to Study on Life in The UK Test for 2017

UKBA Home Office has given a guideline as to what to study for preparing life in the UK tests. The test is based on  Life in the United Kingdom A Guide for New Residents-3rd Edition. However, the test itself is still very much shrouded in secrecy. The advice you will get from this website is based on feedback from previous candidates who have taken the test already and our personal experience of taking the test. We have interviewed many people and tried to summarise their experience of taking the test. We are trying to help you plan your studies not to provide shortcuts.


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2. Kind of questions they are going to ask for Life in The UK Test 

We are here to give you some advice on the kind of question you will face in the life in the UK test. We have highlighted some points for the exam candidates which are the most important but you must learn the textbook, which was published by UKBA.

Dates for Life in The UK Test

In the book, it says that all questions are based on all parts of the official handbook. But do you really need to remember dates of birth or death of a certain person? You don’t have to. But you should remember when key remembrancedayevents happened or when the certain important person lived. You won’t be asked, “What year was Isaac Newton born in?” They might ask it in a different way like “Which scientist was born in 1643 who discovered white light is made up of colours of the rainbow?”


Annual Events, Festivals and Traditions

There is one exception with dates. Dates for annual events and festivals are important. Date of Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Patron Saints’ days is important. You should know the specific dates. For example, try to remember all Patron Saints’ dates.

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This is the important lesson in the chapter Life in the UK. Here you will learn about the main Christian festivals and other non-religious festivals and traditions as well as sport.

In the UK there are people from many countries and cultures. Which means we have lots of different festivals, customs, and traditions. Some festivals are religious but some are not. Like the Notting Hill carnival and the Edinburgh Festival. Many religious festivals are recognised and celebrated in the UK. Such as Muslim eid, Hindu Diwali and Jewish Hanukkah. When children go to school they will learn all about these important festivals and traditions. One of the main Christian festivals is Christmas Day on the twenty-fifth of December. It celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and is a public holiday. Which means you may have a day off work and children have time off school to celebrate. Sometimes people who are not Christian also celebrate Christmas. Many people go to church on either Christmas Eve the 24th of December or Christmas day to celebrate Jesus’s birth. They will then enjoy a special meal of roast turkey with friends and family. It is a custom to send each other cards, gift and decorate your house and a tree at Christmas. Children love Christmas and believe that an old man named Father Christmas or Santa Claus dressed in red with a long white beard comes to give them gifts while they are asleep. The day after Christmas is also a public holiday and is called Boxing Day. Families and friends usually spend this day together. Easter weekend is another important Christian festival and takes place anytime between March and April and it celebrates the rebirth of Jesus Christ.

New Year ’s Day on the 1st of January to celebrate the start of the next year and is also a public holiday. Most people celebrated the night before on the 31st of December. In Scotland; the celebration is called Hogmanay and has an extra day of holiday on the second of January. Hogmanay is very popular in Scotland. For some people more important than Christmas.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the fourteenth of February every year.  It is a custom to give a card or gift to somebody you love or someone you anonymously admire.

April fool’s Day is celebrated on the 1st of April and is a day when people play jokes on each other. You are allowed to do this until midday and even the television and newspapers may have stories in them that are not true.

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the Sunday three weeks before Easter and is a chance for children to give cards and gifts to their mothers to thank them.

Halloween is celebrated on the thirty-first of October and is a very old festival where children dress up in frightening clothes. It is the custom for them to knock on your door and say trick-or-treat. If you give them sweet they might not play a trick on you. It’s also a custom to carve out a pumpkin and place a candle inside. This is known as a lantern.

Guy Fawkes night is also known as bonfire night is celebrated on the 5th of November. It originates back to 1605 when a man called guy forks and a group of Catholics tried to kill our protestant king. They planned to use a bomb inside the houses of parliament but the plan didn’t work. We now celebrate this failed plan with firework displays and bonfire parties.

Remembrance Day is celebrated on the 11th of November and is a day to remember people who died fighting in world war one world war two and any other Wars.  People usually wear a red poppy flower and there is a 2 minutes silence all around the country at 11 am to remember those who died.

In the UK lots of sports are important in people’s lives. Football, tennis, rugby and cricket are very popular sports in the UK. There are no United Kingdom teams for football and rugby. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all have their own teams. Important sporting events include the Grand National which is a horse race. The football association FA cup final and equivalents in Northern Ireland, Scotland and wales. The open golf championships and the Wimbledon tennis tournament is also very important.

Other religious festivals include: Diwali (Festival of Lights) in October or November, Hannukah in November or December, Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of Ramadan, Vaisakhi also called Baisakhi on 14 April.


Famous People, Places, and Works

You need to identify the famous people that mean who they are, their nationality and why are they famous for and what was their work. Focus on notable authors and writers, notable British artist, films and directors, British sportsperson, famous architecture. Famous works and places such as 20th century Great British Inventions, famous cities of UK, Commonwealth and EU.


This is a very broad section and life in the UK test 2017 candidates finds it a bit difficult to remember. But individually focus on these points from the textbook:

  1. Early Britain history
  2. Medieval period
  3. Tudor and Stuart monarchs of the UK
  4. Parliament establishment
  5.  United Kingdom unification
  6. Enlightenment and industrial revolution
  7. The British Empire and victorian age
  8. First world war
  9. Great Depression
  10. Second World War
  11. Britain since 1945 and the welfare state
  12. Great British inventions and sporting figures
  13. Government since the second world war
  14. History of the UK before the Romans
  15. Impact of the Romans on British society
  16. Different groups that invaded after the Romans
  17. Importance of the Norman invasion in 1066
  18. War that took place in the middle ages
  19. Parliament development process
  20. Way that land ownership worked
  21. Effect of the black death
  22. Development of English language and culture
  23. Wars of the roses and founding of the house of tudor
  24. Importance of poetry and drama in the Elizabethan period
  25. About the involvement of Britain in Ireland
  26. Development of parliament and the only period in history when England was a republic
  27. Why in the UK there was a restoration of the monarchy
  28. Glorious Revolution
  29. Change in the balance of power between the monarchy and parliament
  30. why and when Scotland joined England and Wales to become Great Britain
  31. What are the reasons for a rebellion in Scotland led by Bonnie Prince Charlie
  32. Ideas of the Enlightenment
  33. Importance of the industrial revolution and development of industry
  34. Slave trade and when it was abolished
  35. The growth of the British Empire
  36. Democracy developed during this period
  37. What happened in first world war
  38. The partition of Ireland and the establishment of the UK as it is today
  39. Events of the Second World War
  40. Establishment of the welfare state
  41. How life in Britain changed in the 1960s and 1970s
  42. British inventions of the 20th century (don’t need to remember dates)
  43. Events since 1979

UK Courts

Spend some times to understand the difference between criminal and civil law, about different criminal and civil courts in the UK. Also, take the time to learn some of the specific details of criminal and civil courts eg. number of member in a jury, how much can be claimed in the small claims procedure.

The judiciary in the UK consists of 3 systems of courts. The word judiciary means groups of judges in a court system. The three judicial systems are those used in England, Wales, Scotland and in Northern Ireland. Both Scotland and Ireland and later Northern Ireland kept their own legal systems after the Acts of Union 1707 and 1800.

Criminal law deals with minor and Major Crimes minor crimes. Minor crimes are also called petty crime such as theft, damage to property or antisocial behaviour. People who commit minor crimes are usually fined or receive community service orders. Serious crimes or grave offences may attract a punishment of life in prison. Serious crimes include homicide as well as assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Other crimes are crimes against the state including engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism. Another crime aggravated burglary can attract a life sentence under the Theft Act 1968. Crimes committed predominantly against women include domestic violence and sexual assault. Sexual assault or rape is when a woman is forced to have sexual intercourse without consent even within marriage. Sexual assault is a crime under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Women who are victims of domestic violence often find safety in shelters or women’s refuges. Any practice of female genital mutilation is prohibited under the female genital mutilation act 2003. It can attract a prison sentence of 14 years. FGM is the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. Forced marriage is a civil offence which is covered under the forced marriage act of 2007 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, the forced marriage etc. (protection and jurisdiction) (Scotland) act of 2011 carries the same force.

Whilst the law is a civil law if it is not followed; perpetrators can be jailed for up to two years. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland minor criminal cases are heard in the Magistrates Court. Magistrate’s courts are presided over by magistrates or lay magistrates called Justices of the peace. There is no jury and only summary or minor criminal offences are heard. Sentences in this court include fines and short custodial sentences. In Scotland, minor criminal cases are heard in the Justice of the Peace Court. Magistrates and JPs are not paid in England, Scotland and Wales.

In Northern Ireland, deputy district and district judges are legally qualified lawyers who are paid to work in the Magistrates Court. The crime court can hear appeals from the magistrates’ courts. Defendants are referred to the Crown Court for sentencing if the offence deserves a greater punishment then given the Magistrates Court. The Crown Court tries cases in front to the judge and the jury. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland there are twelve members of the jury. In Scotland serious cases called ‘solemn procedures’ are tried in the Sheriff Court before Judge. Extremely serious cases called ‘summary procedures’ are tried in the High Court with the judge and jury of 15. A simple majority of 8 to 7 is enough to decide whether the verdict is guilty, not guilty or not proven.

Civil law is the law which deals with non-criminal law disputes between people or organisations. Four types of civil law are the law of contracts, law of property, family law and torts law. Torts law deals with legal wrongs such as disputes between neighbours, breach of contract or bankruptcy.

In England and Wales, most civil claims are dealt with in the county courts. Civil law in the UK is not a codified system but consists of laws made by Parliament and previous decisions made by courts.

Cases which involve large sums of money are heard in the High Court of England. In Scotland, sheriff courts deal with most of the civil cases apart from cases involving large sums of money. These cases are held in the Court of Session in Edinburgh. People who are owed a small sum of money can take the claim to the small claims court. Claims which may be brought include compensation cases for faulty goods or disputes between landlords and tenants for unpaid rent. Claimants can bring claims have less than £5000 pounds in England and Wales. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, the claim must be less than three £3000 pounds. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland court cases involving children aged between 10 and 18 are held in youth courts. Youth courts are presided over either by 3 trained magistrates or a district judge. Cases such as theft anti-social behaviour and drug offences are decided here. More serious cases such as aggravated assault start in a youth court but are passed on to a Crown Court. In Northern Island, youth conferences are held to consider the most appropriate punishment for a young person who has committed an offence. In Scotland, the ‘Children’s Hearing System’ conduct legal meetings to make decisions about young people who have committed a crime.

Legal advice can be obtained from solicitors who are trained lawyers or from the Citizens Advice Bureau. The CAB advises on legal, financial and other problems, dealing with problems from debt and employment to housing and immigration. They also campaign for change at a political level by influencing policy makers.

UK Government

Also, focus on how democracy was developed in the UK, different role of the monarch, the role of House of Commons and house of lords. UK election system and how UK elects MPs and MEPS

3. Practice Free Life in The UK Test for 2017

Once you have finished reviewing the study materials you should test yourself completing free life in the UK practice tests online. Most important thing is you should understand the content. We got 40 mock tests covering all parts of the study materials. We have also taken questions from the candidates who already passed life in the UK test in 2017. Some candidates just practice the online mock tests without even reading the book and they pass on their first attempt. The good thing about our mock test is you can get an explanation of each question after you finish your each mock test. Some of the answers come with the picture which helps candidates to remember easily.

Our free life in the UK practice test questions has been designed to help you check your knowledge and where you stand. In the official life in the UK test, questions are not the same but candidates find it much easier once they finish our 40 mock test. Read this article about Top Tips to Pass British Citizenship Test. Check the following video on youtube about how you are going to do our Life in The UK Test for 2017.



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