Sunday, 20 October 2013

Life in the UK Test


I've lived in the UK now for just over 5 years.  My Visa is soon expiring, and I will be applying for permanent leave to remain, so I can obviously continue living with my husband!  And in the country I now consider my home :)

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?

and

Q: Name two forts that are found on the site of Hadrian's wall.

or

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!


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