Can you pass this ‘impossible’ UK citizenship test? Check your British knowledge

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If you’re already a British citizen you may be thinking passing the UK citizenship test would be easy – but it’s not as easy as it sounds.

It’s even been described across social media as “pretty impossible” by people who have lived in the UK their whole lives.

In order for someone to become a British citizen they need to pass this tricky test.

The Life in the UK test is part of your application, and costs £50 to take.

You have 45 minutes to answer 24 questions about British traditions and customs.

The applicant needs to answer 75% of the questions correctly in order to pass.

You will also have to have lived in the UK for five years, pass an English test and not have any criminal convictions.

Here is a sample of the citizen test, as reported by Chronicle Live, so you can check your British knowledge.

You can find the answers at the end of the article.

1. Which charity works to preserve important buildings?

A. NSPCC

B: The Red Cross

C: Age UK

D: The National Trust

2. Who appoints the local Chief Constable?

A: The Prime Minister

B: The Speaker

C: The Police and Crime Commissioners

D: The Monarch

3. What does the York Minster have?

A: Stained wood

B: Stained limestone

C: Stained glass

D: Stained bricks

4. What is the capital of Scotland?

A: Edinburgh

B: London

C: Belfast

D: Cardiff

5. What tools did the Bronze age people introduce?

A: Ornaments and weapons

B: Basic farming machinery

C: Gold currency

D: Roads

6. Who is the patron saint of Wales?

A: St George

B: St David

C: St Andrew

D: St Patrick

7. What was ‘Shampooing’ when it was first introduced?

A: The Indian art of head massage

B: Cleaning your hair

C: The Indian art of washing

D: Washing your head with soap

8. What county does Stonehenge stand in?

A: Lancashire

B: Berkshire

C: West Yorkshire

D: Wiltshire

9. Which was the last successful invasion of Britain?

A: Anglo Saxon

B: Norman

C: Roman

D: Viking


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10. Which of these words is based on Norman words?

A: Cow

B: Apple

C: Park

D: Summer

11. Which of these is a British Overseas territory?

A: Ireland

B: Hawaii

C: The Falkland Islands

D: Cyprus

12. How many member states does the Commonwealth have?

A: 53

B: 77

C: 28

D: 48

13. What does the UN aim to do?

A: Prevent war

B: Prevent disease

C: Prevent high inflation

D: Prevent starvation

14. How many colonies were granted independence in 1947?

A: 11

B: 7

C: 13

D: 9

15. What yearly event happens between Oxford and Cambridge Universities?

A: A rowing race

B: A game of football

C: A tennis match

D: A game of basketball

16. When were the last Welsh rebellions defeated?

A: 14th century

B: 15th century

C: 16th century

D: 17th century

17. What do many theatres in the UK produce at Christmas time?

A: A pantomime

B: A stand up comedy show

C: An opera

D: A music event

18. How many AMs does the Welsh government have?

A: 60

B: 129

C: 108

D: 92

19. The UK government hasn’t used the power to suspend the Northern Ireland Assembly

A: True

B: False

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20. Which of these is an Anglo-Saxon poem?

A: Mr Hyde

B: Jude the Obscure

C: Beowulf

D: Pride and Prejudice

21. What was the purpose of the Emancipation Act?

A: Freedom of religion

B: Freedom of speech

C: No one could be held prisoner unlawfully

D: Abolish slavery in the British Empire

22. Who is Sir Chris Hoy?

A: A Scottish rower

B: A Scottish tennis player

C: A Scottish cyclist

D: A Scottish runner

23. Haggis is a traditional food of which country?

A: England

B: Scotland

C: Wales

D: Northern Ireland

24. Who is responsible for the economy?

A: Home Secretary

B: Chancellor of the Exchequer

C: Foreign Secretary

D: Secretary of State


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Did you find it easy or hard? Let us know how many points you got in the comments below..

Answers:

  • 1D
  • 2C
  • 3C
  • 4A
  • 5A
  • 6B
  • 7A
  • 8D
  • 9B
  • 10C
  • 11C
  • 12A
  • 13A
  • 14C
  • 15A
  • 16B
  • 17A
  • 18A
  • 19B
  • 20C
  • 21D
  • 22C
  • 23B
  • 24B

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