Monday, 14 April 2008

journey to citizenship

I am one step closer to my British citizenship. I took the Life in the UK test today. I had an hour's journey to get to the test centre (one in north Lodond that had openings on a day I could attend) and then the whole process took an hour and a half, of which I was answering test questions for six minutes. The test is a 45 minute, multiple choice test with 24 questions. I have been studying and doing practice tests for about two weeks, learning about the UK population (lots of statistics), immigration patterns, governance, laws, employment, and daily life. Here are some sample questions--try them and then check the answers in the comments. Let me know how you did!

1. What is the purpose of the Council of Europe?
(a) To create a single market for members of the Council
(b) To create new European regulations and directives
(c) To debate proposals, decisions and expenditure of the European Commission
(d) To develop conventions which focus on human rights, democracy, education, the environment, health and education

2. Why did large numbers of Jewish people come to Britain during 1880-1910?
(a) To escape famine
(b) To escape racist attacks
(c) To invade and sieve land
(d) To work in textile factories

3. Which is the largest ethnic minority in the UK?
(a) Black Caribbean
(b) Indian
(c) Black African
(d) Pakistani

4. What percentage of the workforce is women?
(a) 15%
(b) 35%
(c) 45%
(d) 51%

5. Where is the Cockney dialect spoken?
(a) Cornwall
(b) Liverpool
(c) London
(d) Tyneside

6. What is the name of the ministerial position that is responsible for legal affairs?
(a) Chancellor of the Exchequer
(b) Foreign Secretary
(c) Home Secretary
(d) Lord Chancellor

7. In which elections can European citizens vote? Choose two answers from below.
(a) European elections
(b) local elections
(c) national elections
(d) elections to the House of Lords

8. Which one of the following parliaments or assemblies does not use proportional representation?
(a) House of Commons
(b) Northern Ireland Assembly
(c) Welsh Assembly
(d) Scottish Assembly


sarah said...

And here are the answers:
1. (d)
2. (b)
3. (b)
4. (c)
5. (c)
6. (d)
7. (a) and (b)
8. (a)

Toni said...

Hi Sarah,
My name is Toni and I stumbled upon your post.
I am really impressed that it only took you two weeks to be ready for the test.
Anyway, congratulations.
I have passed the test myself and then wrote a test website, with free questions if you are interested, please try it and let me know what you think about it.