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5.0 out of 5 stars Good guide to the sometimes odd material in the UK citizenship test, 6 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Life in the UK Test - Study and Practice (Paperback)
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The most obvious point to make is that, if you are using this for its intended use - ie to pass the British Citizenship test - then you need to make sure you are using the correct edition to match the current demands. This is the 2013 edition and you would need to make sure this is still the correct material. Putting that point aside, this is a good resource and it is interesting to see what the Home Office regard as vital information. Some, indeed much of it, you can see why this would be a good basis for assessing citizenship - particularly the bits about law, government and brief history. It’s good to see more cultural aspects are also included. However, some bits are very odd. Quite why knowing who Mary Peters is and how that helps you “fit in” is a bit beyond me. However, that’s beyond the remit of this book of course.

There are loads of practice multiple choice questions that would be useful and the CD is interactive and provides a good resource. For the most part the language is simple and clear, although they do throw in some unnecessarily complex language like “idiosyncratic” which seems a bit mean - although you could probably put up a good argument that an understanding of this concept is pretty fundamental to much of what goes on in this country! (to be fair, it is used here to describe cricket - and as such it's a fairly apt description).

This is a good resource to help steer an applicant through the citizenship test, but also educational for most of us. I suspect few British nationals could honestly say that they knew every single bit of the content here if they were honest (although the test itself is multiple choice so you could probably make educated guesses). As such, it’s also useful for quiz questions or as a resource for English Language teaching as the reading level is relatively simple for the most part.
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