31/10/2005

New UK citizenship test launched

The government has launched the new ‘Britishness test’, for foreign nationals wishing to become UK citizens.

The new ‘Life in the UK’ exam, which will become compulsory from Tuesday, contains 24 multiple-choice questions about British history and culture and everyday life in the UK.

The 45-minute exam costs £34 to sit. Entrants have to correctly answer around 75% of the questions in order to pass.

The curriculum was developed following recommendations by a Home Office panel, chaired by Professor Sir Bernard Crick. It covers British history and society, as well as practical information on day-to-day living in the UK, coverings areas such as employment, healthcare, education.

Candidates will be able to sit the exam at one of 90 centres around the UK.

Launching the new test, Immigration Minister Tony McNulty said: “The measures we are introducing today will help new citizens to gain a greater appreciation of the civic and political dimension of British citizenship and, in particular to understanding the rights and responsibilities that comes with the acquisition of British citizenship.”

(KMcA/SP)

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