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Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship - 2nd Edition [Paperback]

The Home Office - Life in the UK Advisor
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1 Jan. 2011
Since 2005, everyone who applies to become a British citizen has to show their knowledge of the English language and of life in the UK in one of two ways: by taking a special ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course, or by taking the Life in the UK test. From April 2007, everyone who applies for permanent residence in the UK will also be required to take one of these two tests. This is the second edition of the official handbook which covers all the questions that may be asked in the test, and it is valid for all tests taken from April 2007. The handbook contains chapters on: the making of the United Kingdom, summarising its history; a changing society, including issues of migration and the changing role of women; a profile of Britain today, including its nations and regions, religion, customs and traditions; how Britain is governed, including the British Constitution and its role in Europe and the world; everyday needs, covering topics of housing, health, education, money, leisure and travel; employment issues; knowing the law, including the civil and criminal legal system; sources of help and information, including public libraries and the police service; and building better communities, including participating in the local community and opportunities for volunteering.

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  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: TSO (The Stationery Office); 2nd Edition (2011) edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0113413130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0113413133
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The official text is available in other books! 10 Jan. 2009
This is the second study text that I bought - I mistakenly thought that the official text was available ONLY through the Home Office publication. In that belief, I bought both this text and a study guide with practice questions.

I found that the Study Guide and CD Rom by Henry Dillon (ISBN 095521596X; published by Red Squirrel) includes the full text from chapters 2 through 6 - the ones that are covered in the text - of this Home Office publication. In addition, the Henry Dillon book includes 10 practice tests in the book and a CD Rom that allows you to access online practice materials. I feel that the other book is much better value than this one.

It may seem like a minor point, but I also feel that the Henry Dillon book is also in a more convenient format. It's a smaller but thicker paperback compared to this Home Office publication, which is thin but A4 sized and harder to carry in your average handbag!

Overall, I don't feel that this Home Office publication is useful as a study guide and it doesn't offers much preparation for the test. Without sample questions, it is difficult to get a feel for how to treat the text - Should I memorize every fact? Do I need to know every date? The volume of information is actually quite large and the text fairly dense (every sentence is important), so without sample questions it could very easily become overwhelming.
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175 of 195 people found the following review helpful
By John
The 'Life in the UK test' itself has audio. However, the Government has elected not to make available any official audio materials with this publication. That is is a real pity.

This book is the only offical study material for the 'Life in the UK test' and it is only sensible to review it in that context.

From April 2007 most categories of migrants to the UK will have to pass the 'Life in the UK' test if they want Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or a UK Passport. For those seeking Indefinite Leave to Remain the requirement has, unusually for UK law, been applied retrospectively so that, for example, a spouse entering the UK as far back as November 2005 and applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in October 2007 is still required to have passed the test even though that was not a part of the process on initial entry to the UK. In all other areas this would be called 'changing the goal-posts'.

Questions for the 'Life in the UK test' are taken from Chapters 2 through to 6. If English is your first language you are likely to be able to read this title and go on to pass the test. If English is your second language then it is probably worth getting someone whose first language is English to study with and signing up for one of the online question services.

Written by the Home Office Life in the UK Advisory Group, the people who set the citizenship test, the book is, sadly, exactly what you might expect from this sort of committee. While it might be argued that the book contains lots of useful material about accessing help, unemployment and employment rights if you find yourself in those kinds of positions there are a great many better more user-friendly sources of advice and real help.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to pass the test 21 May 2007
If you read chapters 2 to 6 and remember the details you will pass the citizenship test with no problems. No other books needed. All questions are taken from this book. Good luck!
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Pass the UK settlement and citizen test 21 May 2007
Typical thoughts that went through my head as I thought about having to take a test that could ultimately have me deported if I couldn't pass...Oh my God how am I going to pass this when I am so nervous? What if I can't pass it? I can't spend all that money to retake it over and over again. (In my head I was thinking I would have to take it A LOT.) Of course, I am slightly neurotic and I worried I would never get to see my husband again because I would be deported as I wouldn't be able to pass the test or get extended stay so I could pass the test. Then I came to my senses and start looking for all the help I could find.

I have to say this book is a life saver for me and the only book you will need. Almost all the anxiety and worrying thoughts disappeared. I took the questions from the subsections in each chapter and created my own study guide with answers. I studied this the night before the test and refreshed what I knew in a study session before the test with my husband. Also this book contains very useful information and websites that is helpful to you throughout your life in the UK.

Last week, I took my test. I was nervous before about passing, but I felt prepared. If it wasn't for this book, I wouldn't have passed my test. However, the test was not as difficult as I thought it would be and I completed it within minutes. There were questions I wouldn't have known if I didn't have the book unless I spent considerable time going over every aspect of government and life in general.

I recommend doing a study guide for people who are really nervous or have difficulty remembering information or learning. Also I recommended reading all the chapters throughly except for Chapter 1 because there may be some information that will prove useful. ;) It is definitely worthwhile.
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