Can you pass a British citizenship test? 36 per cent of people can't

Greg Evans
Sunday 18 June 2017 15:00

Fancy yourself as a true British citizen? Then put your credentials to the test.

The British citizenship test, also known as the 'Life in the UK test,' is the one test people must take in order to become a British citizen.

It is designed to test participants knowledge on a range of questions about British culture and history.

However, you must first pass an English language test, and it is required that you have spent a certain amount of time in the UK and not have any criminal convictions.

To take the full test you have to pay £50 and answer at least 75 per cent of the 24 questions correctly in order to pass.

Recently, the Manchester Evening News reported that 60 per cent of the 330 people who took the test in Oldham in 2016 failed.

In 2016, 125,925 tests were taken with 36 per cent of people failing.

If you think you've got what it takes to call yourself a Brit then we've put together a handy, miniature version of the quiz, using sample questions, which you can do right now.


While the test is a seen a good measuring stick for new British citizens, it has previously been criticised for a number of inaccuracies.

The first edition of the test, included a handbook which was found to be factually incorrect and the third edition of the test produced in 2013 had some notable errors such as Guy Fawkes being the leader of the gunpowder plot to blow up parliament.

Robert Catesby was actually the man in charge, whereas Fawkes was only responsible for the gunpowder.

Now, how many of you would have known that?

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