I have spent most of September and October reading and re-reading the same book, Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide For New Residents. My house and handbag were littered with flashcards and post-it notes full of facts and figures, I bored everyone around me with facts and questions about the corn laws, James I and VI, Henry VIII’s wives, the devolved admininstrations, etc. – and yes, I passed the test. Compared to other exams I have taken so far in my life, this one feels like the one that makes me most proud. Weird, no? Some of the information I gained has been valuable (did you know they still have sheriffs?!), and I can’t wait to visit the National Civil War Centre!
Also, it was interesting to find out how much of the information and knowledge required for the UK citizenship test British citizens have actually learnt at school or in everyday life. As a language practitioner I also found it fascinating to see how the information was presented in the literature designed to prepare me for the test – it took me a while to get my head around the structure of the book, to be honest.
In the end I have become quite fond of the – now very tattered and marked – book… and I don’t just say it because I don’t have to read it again. If you want to see some sample questions, have a look at https://lifeintheuktests.co.uk/life-in-the-uk-test.
[By the way, I did okay on the German citizenship (practice) test as well, you’ll be glad to hear. The German education system has served me well.]