Government unveils changes to UK citizenship test

The Government has unveiled changes to the Life in the UK citizenship test. Photo: Press Assocation

A new handbook will go on sale today to help foreign nationals who wish to become UK citizens understand the "values and principles at the heart of being British", the Home Office said.

The book will form the basis of the Government's revised Life in the UK test, set to be introduced in March, which all aspiring British citizens must pass.

Ministers have said the modified 45-minute exam will cover events and people "who have contributed to making Britain great".

Immigrants will be quizzed on a range of topics, including sport, music and key historical facts, as part of the overhaul designed to focus less on the practicalities of daily living in Britain and more on the nation's culture and past.

More than 150,000 Life in the UK tests were taken nationally last year, including 77,000 in London.

See how well you do on some of the new test questions below:

1. Which landmark is a prehistoric monument which still stands in the English county of Wiltshire?

  • A) Stonehenge
  • B) Hadrian's Wall
  • C) Offa's Dyke
  • D) Fountains Abbey

2. What is the name of the admiral who died in a sea battle in 1805 and has a monument in Trafalgar Square, London?

  • A) Cook
  • B) Drake
  • C) Nelson
  • D) Raleigh

3. In 1801, a new version of the official flag of the United Kingdom was created. What is it often called?

  • A) The British Standard
  • B) The Royal Banner
  • C) The St George Cross
  • D) The Union Jack

4. Who is the Patron Saint of Scotland?

  • A) St Andrew
  • B) St David
  • C) St George
  • D) St Patrick

5. What flower is traditionally worn by people on Remembrance Day?

  • A) Poppy
  • B) Lily
  • C) Daffodil
  • D) Iris

6. Which of these sporting events was hosted in London in 2012?

  • A) The Commonwealth Games
  • B) Cricket World Cup
  • C) European Football Championship
  • D) Paralympic Games

7. At her Jubilee in 2012, how many years as Queen did Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrate?

  • A) 25
  • B) 40
  • C) 50
  • D) 60

8. The second largest party in the House of Commons is usually known by what name?

  • A) The Senate
  • B) The Opposition
  • C) The Lords
  • D) The Other Side

9. From what age can you be asked to serve on a jury?

  • A) 16
  • B) 18
  • C) 21
  • D) 25

10. What is the title given to the person who chairs the debates in the House of Commons?

  • A) The Speaker
  • B) The Chairman
  • C) The Leader of the House
  • D) The Prime Minister

Answers

1 A

2 C

3 D

4 A

5 A

6 D

7 D

8 B

9 B

10 A