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Includes details regarding the changes in UK immigration law. This book provides information required for the Life in the UK test. It includes boxes highlighting key learning points. It is suitable for candidates sitting the Life in the UK test to qualify for British citizenship or settlement.


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Includes details regarding the changes in UK immigration law. This book provides information required for the Life in the UK test. It includes boxes highlighting key learning points. It is suitable for candidates sitting the Life in the UK test to qualify for British citizenship or settlement.

30 review for Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship

  1. 4 out of 5

    Philippa

    Had to read this to prepare for my life in the UK test - thankfully I passed first time!! Whoo hoo! I would thoroughly recommend that fellow wannabe citizens sign up for gocitizen.co.uk which you can join for free if you are a library member. It has about 700 questions you can practice with and that was what helped me most in my test preparation :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shauna

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I passed the test, so I don't have to read this bloody book any more! Quite handy for facts about the UK, though. I passed the test, so I don't have to read this bloody book any more! Quite handy for facts about the UK, though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    SJ

    I'm in the minority when I say that I didn't hate this book. Yes, the fact that I had to know this stuff was annoying, as much of it arguably won't make me a better resident or citizen. I did feel like quite a lot of it was actually quite relevant, though. A lot of it is stuff I'd already picked up from living here for 4+ years but sometimes I wish I'd known this stuff before I arrived as it would have maybe made me feel less behind the curve. As a text you have to study it does actually suck. I I'm in the minority when I say that I didn't hate this book. Yes, the fact that I had to know this stuff was annoying, as much of it arguably won't make me a better resident or citizen. I did feel like quite a lot of it was actually quite relevant, though. A lot of it is stuff I'd already picked up from living here for 4+ years but sometimes I wish I'd known this stuff before I arrived as it would have maybe made me feel less behind the curve. As a text you have to study it does actually suck. It would have been better to have a list of relevant dates instead of scattering them out all over. And I initially glossed over the stats thinking of course they wouldn't need to make you memorise that... But then of course they did. I may well be the last person to review this book here, as they are switching to a new version in March. My word of advice to anyone out there is to also get the official app if you have a smart phone. It was a useful study tool Don't use just the app though. Lots of stuff not covered in the app came up on my test and so it is important to study it all. Good luck!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy Gilchrist Thorne

    I didn't think this was that bad on first read. Then I started looking at the practice questions and realised that while the book reads okay, it's actually just facts and figures strung together as sentences, and you can literally be tested on absolutely any of those facts and figures. That's the part that sucked. But otherwise, it's interesting to flip through and learn things like 45% of ethnic minorities live in the London area, there is no national minimum wage for children under 16, and blin I didn't think this was that bad on first read. Then I started looking at the practice questions and realised that while the book reads okay, it's actually just facts and figures strung together as sentences, and you can literally be tested on absolutely any of those facts and figures. That's the part that sucked. But otherwise, it's interesting to flip through and learn things like 45% of ethnic minorities live in the London area, there is no national minimum wage for children under 16, and blind people can claim a 50% discount on their TV license. Though, since the book was written a couple years ago, and so is likely a bit out-of-date, people not taking the Life In The UK test are probably better off getting that sort of information online. For what it's worth, an electronic version of this book is available and I did try it. But it uses Adobe Digital Editions DRM, which as-of when I was trying to read the book, made it difficult to read on a device like an iPad or Kindle, though I could read it fine on my PC.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Graceann

    I am astounded that anyone is able to pass the Life in the UK Test after reading this unhelpful volume. It's a prime example of what happens when a book is written by committee. Anything that might convey information in a useful, memorable way is tossed out the window. Facts and figures are doled out in as dry a fashion as possible, thus ensuring that you won't remember what you've read ten minutes after reading it. I was required to study these materials in preparation for my Life in the UK Tes I am astounded that anyone is able to pass the Life in the UK Test after reading this unhelpful volume. It's a prime example of what happens when a book is written by committee. Anything that might convey information in a useful, memorable way is tossed out the window. Facts and figures are doled out in as dry a fashion as possible, thus ensuring that you won't remember what you've read ten minutes after reading it. I was required to study these materials in preparation for my Life in the UK Test, and I read the necessary chapters no less than five times, and read the supplemental chapters at least once (that's all I could bear). I am a careful reader, and I generally have good retention. However, I was hard-pressed to think of a single fact once I had set the book down. Get the book because you have to study it to pass the test, but be aware that the committee that wrote it for you did their damnedest to make sure that retaining what you've learned will be as difficult as possible.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jack Barraclough

    Thankfully my wife passed her Life in the UK test first time because I couldn't take much more of this book (we listened to the audio version in the car on the way to and from work). If you have to pass the test then this book will definitely help, but I would recommend you get the CD ROM and answer practice questions online. I found it frustrating that just about the only historical event mentioned was the Gunpowder plot and that a lot of the information was already out of date. Surely if this Thankfully my wife passed her Life in the UK test first time because I couldn't take much more of this book (we listened to the audio version in the car on the way to and from work). If you have to pass the test then this book will definitely help, but I would recommend you get the CD ROM and answer practice questions online. I found it frustrating that just about the only historical event mentioned was the Gunpowder plot and that a lot of the information was already out of date. Surely if this test is so important, the information should be updated yearly at the very least.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Soz

    Ugh...this was my study guide for the Life in the UK test which was required to apply for my Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa. Dry, not terribly easy to follow...but if you need to take the test there really is no way around it. I also purchased the book on CD for rides to and from work (my English husband is a saint for listening along with me), and subscribed to the web site to take an unlimited number of practice tests. I strongly recommend doing this as well, as only having this book to work Ugh...this was my study guide for the Life in the UK test which was required to apply for my Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa. Dry, not terribly easy to follow...but if you need to take the test there really is no way around it. I also purchased the book on CD for rides to and from work (my English husband is a saint for listening along with me), and subscribed to the web site to take an unlimited number of practice tests. I strongly recommend doing this as well, as only having this book to work from might make you a little batty.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jess Fletcher

    My word this is probably the most boring book you'll ever read, but necessary to pass your Life in the UK test. Luckily only chapters 2 - 6 are for the test so you can skip the remainder. It contradicts itself in parts, would recommend downloading the app for studying, it's well worth it but you'll need to read the book first. My word this is probably the most boring book you'll ever read, but necessary to pass your Life in the UK test. Luckily only chapters 2 - 6 are for the test so you can skip the remainder. It contradicts itself in parts, would recommend downloading the app for studying, it's well worth it but you'll need to read the book first.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    This book is a requirement if you're going to take the Life in the UK test for an indefinite leave to remain visa. The book is full of facts no regular British person knows (I've tested my work colleagues). I'll keep it around for reference but I did not enjoy studying it. This book is a requirement if you're going to take the Life in the UK test for an indefinite leave to remain visa. The book is full of facts no regular British person knows (I've tested my work colleagues). I'll keep it around for reference but I did not enjoy studying it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Arielle

    An incredibly dull chunk of book but it did get me a pass on my first try. I am very glad I read it as well as doing the practice test booklets, as it seemed to help the outrageous amounts of facts, figures, and percentages stick. God luck to everyone on their "journey to citizenship!" :) An incredibly dull chunk of book but it did get me a pass on my first try. I am very glad I read it as well as doing the practice test booklets, as it seemed to help the outrageous amounts of facts, figures, and percentages stick. God luck to everyone on their "journey to citizenship!" :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sjaun

    Quite interesting but it is difficult to get through as it is written in very plain English and the style is quite dry to read. Other than that, I hope to pass my test in July!

  13. 5 out of 5

    NYLon Carry On

    OY VEY... SHOOT ME... N.O.W.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    Serves its purpose well. Read in conjunction with the practise questions and the test will be fine..

  15. 4 out of 5

    mr richard worthington

  16. 5 out of 5

    biba

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandro Mancuso

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hadi Osmen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mithun

  20. 4 out of 5

    TyLean

  21. 5 out of 5

    PJ Cave

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janice Townley

  23. 5 out of 5

    James

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maciej PomykaƂa

  25. 4 out of 5

    C.B.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Johnson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steven

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tristan Miller

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim

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