One thing I have to do is pass the Life in the UK test - which mostly covers British history, culture and government. The questions are surprisingly difficult - and they're not on how to make tea or who won last year's X factor! I've taken a few practice examinations, and am halfway through the book that the test is on, and a couple of questions might be:
Q: What order do the patron saints of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland fall within the year?
Q: Name two forts that are found on the site of Hadrian's wall.
Q: How often does Prime Minister's Questions occur during Parliament?
It's all a bit difficult if you're not interested in British history or politics!! I don't think a lot of people in Britain would actually pass the test, unless of course they're history buffs and also work as a politician or lawyer... but oh well, I study on! I think it's actually quite lucky that I study archaeology, because it means I already know a bit about the prehistory of England. And I rather like the Anglo-Saxons, so I know that area of British history, and since my husband and I like to take walks in the countryside, I've picked up a bit of information about geography and history that way. But I'm actually a bit nervous about passing!
The test costs £50 to take, but the actual Visa I'm applying for is over £1000 :( It's all worth it though (even though I wish it was cheaper!) so I can live in this amazing country!