Think you know what it means to be British? Got a decent grasp of the nation’s history and traditions?
Well take a citizenship test and you may just find you know less than you thought.
Anyone born abroad who wants to live in the UK permanently, or who wishes to become a British citizen, has to pass an exam as part of their application.
The set of 24 questions, also known as the “Life in the UK” test, must be completed within 45 minutes and applicants need to correctly answer 75 per cent of questions to pass.
As well being able to answer these tough questions you must also have spent a certain period of time in the country, passed an English language test, and not have any criminal convictions.
People who fail can take the test as many times as they like, but each attempt will set you back £50.
The test includes questions on a range of aspects of British culture and history, and has been described across social media as “pretty impossible” by some people who have lived here all their lives.
But what do you think? Are you smart enough to ace the test? Try it our for yourself below.
Below are a series of 2019 sample questions:
The Government is facing fresh calls to reform the test – which has been condemned as amounting to a pub quiz – after researchers discovered that it proved too difficult for two-thirds of British nationals.
Figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws show a total of 170,986 tests were taken in the UK in 2018-19, with people failing 18 per cent of the time.
Critics have complained that the test contains little practical information and puts too much pressure on people as they attempt to cram for a potentially “life-changing” exam.
Sunder Katwala, the director of the British Future thinktank, which has just conducted an inquiry into citizenship policy, told i: “Both the content and the format should be reviewed. A multiple-choice test asking trivial questions like the height of the London Eye just doesn’t help prepare someone for life here.
“And it would be much more conducive to integration if people studied in a classroom alongside British students rather than swotting from a booklet at home.”
Let us know how you got on in the comments.