Before you can take the Life in the UK Test, you will need to do some things first. First, you have to have a basic command of the English language. This is VERY important, as the test will be based on the English language, and you might have a hard time answering the questions if you can’t understand it. If you don’t have knowledge of the English language, or felt a need to improve your vocabulary B1 English test, do hire an English teacher or alternatively, you can attend English classes on universities. Next is to have basic computer knowledge, since the Life in the UK Test is a computer-based test. You just need to have knowledge of basic typing, and on how to use the mouse. Ask your local test center to provide assistance should you have no knowledge of the computer and they will gladly assist you. Now that you have mastered a bit of the English language and some computer skills, the next thing to do is to book the exam.
Contact the Life in the UK Test offices to know the nearest test centers in your area. Once you find the nearest test center, prepare £34.00 and some documents to prove your identity. Book for an exam date that you think is the most convenient to you. It is recommended, however, that you book at least a week, or even a month, to provide you with some time to study and review. A test center representative will then ask you for some contact details. This is to verify that you have booked for the test, and will be checked again once you take the test. After you have registered for the test, the next thing to do is to study. Get the official handbook, “The Life in the UK: A Journey to Citizenship”. Be sure that it is the latest revision. Read and understand the books contents, as the Life in the UK Test will draw out questions from that handbook. Make it a habit to take down notes should you find some vital information.
If you feel that the official handbook isn’t complete, or you need some verification on some areas, you can opt to buy additional study materials on the bookstores. If you have no money to spend, you can search some websites, namely the official Life in the UK Test website, that provide free information (about the test) on the Internet. Be advised, however, that these websites, save the official one, are not endorsed by the Home Office or by the Life in the UK Test committee. On the day of the test, bring your notes, a pen and the documents you have brought when you booked for the exam. Be sure to arrive an hour before, so you can still read your notes and do some final reviews. Once the proctor calls your name, present them the documents and tell them your name, as they need to verify that you have indeed registered for the exam.