The b1 test booking is meant to evaluate the English level and UK experience of the applicant in every day matters as well as politics, economy and historical facts. The test is a civic rights compendium that prepares the future citizen to face its responsibilities and privileges as UK citizen, learn more here.
As an alternative to the b1 test booking for non English speaking countries immigrants is available a sections of courses called ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). At the en of the course the applicant will be rewarded with a certificate that suffices the English level skills needed for the citizenship application and will allow them to sit for the Life within the UK test.
The b1 test booking can be taken as many times necessary by the applicant. The passing score is a 75% of correct answers (18 out of 24). The questions are based on the Life in the UK resource book second edition “Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship”. The testable content goes from chapter 2 to 6 as of 2007 where the test book was enhanced with everyday matters such as housing, health, money and education aspects of the UK life. The test can be taken in three languages; English, Scottish and Welsh upon applicant request however more oftenly is taken in English.
The b1 test booking resource book can be bought at local library shops or online through the Border Agency website. Bare in mind that the test is regionalized, so is the resource book. For example for an candidates located in Wales will be asked about the Welsh assembly and not the Scottish Parliament. The tests are also tailored by regions. Is highly recommendable to get the latest version of the resource book from the candidate’s residence area. This will provide your brain with the glucose level he needs to wake up and to be ready for the test, trust me these aren’t minor factors when facing a stressful situation as the Life in the UK will be.