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Life in The UK Test:

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Life in the UK test from October 28, 2013: Are there any changes?

According to the Home Office, all individuals wishing to settle in the UK should demonstrate their commitment by learning English and by having an understanding of British history, culture and traditions.

Therefore, from 28 October 2013, unless they are exempt, all applicants for settlement or naturalisation as a British citizen will need to meet the knowledge of language and life in the UK requirement by:
– passing the life in the UK test; and
– having a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or its equivalent.

Many people are wondering if these changes are affecting the Life in the UK test itself. So it is important to note that the test itself has not changed. The test has the same format, and is based on the same study guide (“Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents”) as before October 28, 2013. So just to be clear: no changes have been made to the test. The requirements (for settlement or naturalisation) have changed, but not the test itself.

According to the Home Office, a certain level of English (speaking and listening) is necessary for a successful integration into the British community. It is true that being able to communicate with the wider community (not just your own community) is essential for many practical reasons, to find a job, to understand all kind of administrative/official procedures, to start a business, to travel around, and so on. The Home Office will accept a range of English language qualifications as evidence that your speaking and listening qualification in English is at B1 CEFR or higher.

Also, according to the Home Office, it is essential that people who want to live permanently in the UK have a minimum understanding of British traditions, culture and history. The Life in the UK test is the way to test this knowledge of life in the UK.

For a full overview of these new requirements, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/182545/statement-of-intent-koll.pdf

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What is the ESOL A1 Test ?

Any applicant who wants to apply for a “Spouse” visa is required to show Knowledge of English at ESOL Entry Level 1 / A1 CEFR Level.

In order to fulfil the requirement of Knowledge of Language, applicants need to obtain an (ESOL) at or above Entry Level 1 / A1 CEFR, which consists of “Speaking and Listening” modules only and is passed through an approved English Language Test.

UKCATCOLLEGE works in partnership with organisations who are accredited by approved Examination body on the list of Approved English Language test set by Home Office.

Please note that for “Spouse Visa” you do not require to pass “Life in the UK” Test. You only have to pass ESOL Entry Level 1 / A1 Test in Speaking and Listening modules.

Where can I sit for the ESOL A1 Test?

English Test UK offers Entry Level 1 / A1 CEFR Test at different locations within the UK. We provide full assistance to find location near you.

How to prepare for the ESOL A1 Test?

We provide classroom based training sessions. We provide you with study material that will guide you on the format of the test in Classroom format. We will also provide you with sample papers so that you are prepared for the test so that there are no surprises during the test. Visit our Course info for A1 ESOL section for more information. For more information please click here

What is the ESOL B1 Test ?

As per Home Office guidelines, any applicant who is applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain or for Naturalisation / British passport is required to show good knowledge of English and Life in the UK.

In order to fulfil the requirement of Knowledge of Language, applicants need to obtain an (ESOL) at or above Entry level 3 / B1 CEFR, which consists of speaking and listening and has been regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

Where can I sit for the ESOL B1 Test?

UKCATCOLLEGE along with life in UK offers Entry Level 3 / B1 CEFR complete preparation. We will fully guide you to prepare and sit in Exam

How to prepare for the ESOL B1 Test?

We provide classroom based training sessions. We will provide you with study material that will guide you on the format of the test. We will also provide you with sample papers so that you are prepared for the test so that there are no surprises during the test. For more information please click here