From the desk of

Khairul Alam Bhuiyan

 

Assorted 'Life in the UK Test' Q&A


"The Life in the United Kingdom Test" is a test for individuals seeking Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or naturalisation as a British citizen. The test lasts for 45 minutes, the entrants have to answer 24 questions. the test is based on chapters 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 of a revised handbook (second edition) "Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship". Remember that you need to get at least 75% to pass this test.
 


POPULATION, RELIGION, NATIONS & REGIONS:

 

The United Kingdom has had a Census since 1801, which year was the Census not carried out?
= 1941

 

In 2005 almost __ people of the UK live in England
= 84%

 

What percentage of the population in Scotland
= 8%

 

What percentage of the population live in Wales
= 5%

 

What percentage of the population in Northern Ireland
= 3%
 

What is the population of the United Kingdom?
= 59.8 million

 

In 2005 the population of the England was ___ people
= 50.1 million
 

The population of the Scotland was __ in 2001
= 5.1 million

 

According to the 2001 Census how many people live in Wales?
= 2.9 million

 

What is the population of Northern Ireland?
= 1.7 million

 

What percentage of the UK population stated that they were Christian?
= Over 70%

 

According to the 2001 Census how many people stated they have a religion?
= 75%

 

What percentage of the UK's population is White
= 92%

 

What percentage of the population of the UK are Catholics?
= 10%

 

What percentage of the UK population is Muslim?
= 2.7%
 

How many people stated that they are Hindu
= 1%

 

What percentage of the UK population is Sikh?
= 0.6%

 

What percentage of the UK population is Jewish?
= 0.5%
 

What percentage of the UK population is Buddhist?
= 0.3%

 

What percentage of the population claims to have no religion?
= 15.5%

 

Ethnic minority group makes up ___ of the UK's population
= 8.3%
 

How many people in England belong to an ethnic minority?
= 9%
 

In 2001 what was the percentage of Indian descent?
= 1.8%
 

In 2001 what was the percentage of Pakistani descent?
= 1.3%

 

In 2001 what was the percentage of Black Caribbean descent?
= 1.0%
 

In 2001 what was the percentage of Black African descent?
= 0.8%
 

In 2001 what was the percentage of Bangladeshi descent?
= 0.5%
 

In 2001 what was the percentage of Chinese descent?
= 0.4%
 

In 2001 what was the percentage of Other Black descent?
= 0.2%

 

In 2001 what was the population of people of white descent?
= 54.2 million
 

In 2001 what was the population of people of Mixed descent?
= 0.7 million

 

In 2001 what was the population of Black Caribbean descent?
= 0.6 million

 

In 2001 what was the population of Indian descent?
= 1.1 million
 

In 2001 what was the population of Pakistani descent?
= 0.7 million
 

In 2001 what was the population of Bangladeshi descent?
= 0.3 million

 

In 2001 what was the population of Other descent?
= 0.2 million
 

In 2001 what was the population of other Asian descent?
= 0.2 million


What percentage of the population are women?
= 51%


Children and young people in Britain represent almost
= 25%

There is a record number of people aged ___ and over in the UK
= 85
 

What percentage of UK's ethnic minorities lives in the London area?
= 45%

What percentage of all residents in London are from an ethnic minority?
= 29%
 

The total population of countries that are members of the Commonwealth is
= 1.7 billion


How much has the population grown since 1971?
= 7.7%

 

By what percentage has the European Union population grown since 1951?
= 23%

The growth of UK birth rate rose slightly in ___
= 2003

 

What is the distance (in miles) between the North coast of Scotland and the South coast of England?
= 870 miles

 

The distance from the west coast of Wales to the east coast of England is
= About 320 miles
 

The distance of the widest part across England and Wales is
= Just over 500km
 

Nowhere in Britain is more than ___ from the coast
= 75 miles
 

 

THE BRITISH CONSTITUTION & EUROPE:

 

There are ____ constituencies from which MPs are elected for the United Kingdom Parliament
= 646

How many members does the Scottish Parliament have?
= 129

 

How many members does The National Assembly for Wales have?
= 60
 

How many members does The Northern Ireland Assembly have?
= 108

 

In which year was the Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament created?
= 1999

 

The Northern Ireland Parliament/Assembly was established in
= 1922
 

When was the Northern Ireland Parliament abolished?
= 1972

 

When the Northern Ireland assembly was most recently suspended?
= 2006

 

How many countries are members of the Commonwealth?
= 53

 

How many people are there in the Commonwealth association?
= 1.7 billion

 

When was the Council of Europe created?
= 1949
 

How many European states adopted the euro in 2002?
= 12
 

Britain joined the European Economic Community in
= 1973

 

How many member countries are in the European Union?
= 27


How old does a candidate have to be to stand for public officer?
= 18
 

When did women over the age of 30 were finally given right to vote?
= 1918

 

When did women achieve voting equality with men at the same age of 21?
= 1928

 

What ratio of first time (young) voters actually vote?
= 1 in 5

 

How often are Member of the European Parliament (MEP)s elected?
= Every 5 years

In the ___ general election, only 1 in 5 potential first-time voters actually cast their vote
= 2001
 

How many people make up the Cabinet?
= About 20 senior MPs

The deposit required for candidates standing as a member for The Scottish Parliament or The Welsh or Northern Ireland Assemblies is
= 500


How much is the deposit for candidates standing as a Member of the European Parliament?
= 5000

When did the Government begin a programme of devolving power from central government (for Wales and Scotland)?
= 1997

Margaret Thatcher was forced to resign in ___
= 1990

In what year did the Prime Minister gain powers to be able to appoint members of the House of Lords?
= 1957
 

How many Houses make up the House of Parliament?
= 2

 

 

EMPLOYMENT & RIGHTS:

 

What is the current minimum wage for workers?
= 5.93 - the main rate for workers aged 21 and over
   4.92 - the 18-20 rate
   3.64 - the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18
   2.50 - the apprentice rate, for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over
 

When the laws were passed against sex discrimination in the workplace?
= 1960 - 1970

What is the State Pension age for men?
= 65

What is the State Pension age for women?
= 60
 

Women earn __ lower than Men
= 20%

 

Women in Britain make up
= 45% of the workforce


How many women with school age children are in paid employment?
= Almost 75%
 

What is the percentage of women with children (of school age) who also work?
= 75%

 

How much maternity leave can women take?
= 26 weeks

 

How long should a man work for an employer before he can be entitled to paternity leave?
= 26 weeks
 

How many weeks can a father have off work for paternity leave?
= 2
 

What is the earliest legal age for a children to do paid work?
= 13-14
 

How many children are at work at any one time?
= 2 million

 

Young people are sent their National Insurance number just before their __ birthday
= 16th

 

What percentages of young people were reported to have been part of a community activity in the past year?
= 86%
 

An adult person receiving unemployment benefit should join New Deal programme if he/she has been unemployed for
= 18 months
 

A young person should receiving unemployment benefit join New Deal programme if unemployed for
= 6 months

When did the survey ask young people about their participation in political and community events?
= 2003
 

 

EDUCATION:

 

Teenagers take A Level and A/S Level at the age of__
= 17 or 18
 

How many independent schools are there in the UK?
= About 2,500


What percentage of young people go into higher education?
= 33%
 

TRAVEL & TRANSPORT:

 

What is the minimum age to drive a car or motorcycle?
= 17

A driving licence held by a driver over 70 should be renewed
= Every 3 years

What is the minimum age to drive a large lorry or bus?
= 21

 

HOUSING, HEALTH, TRADITIONS, PEOPLE & SOCIETY:

 

What percentage of children lives with both birth parents?
= 65%
 

What percentage of children lives in single parent families?
= 25%
 

How many children live within a step-family
= 10%

A new born baby should be registered with The Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths within ___ (in England and Wales)
= 6 weeks
 

What discount on television licence is offered to blind people?
= 50%

 

From October 2007, Tobacco should not be sold to anyone under the age of
= 18
 

What is the minimum age to be able to drink alcohol with a meal?
= 16

How much money for local authority services comes from Council tax?
= 20%
 

What discount on Council Tax is offered to a person living on his own?
= 25%

In which year did women gain the right to divorce their husband in the UK?
= 1857
 

When did a woman's earnings and property stop automatically becoming her husband's on marriage?
= 1882

 

How many Bank Holidays in the UK? (Hint: According to the last official book printed in 2007. Good Friday and Christmas Day are not officially bank holidays)
= 4
 

When is Mother's Day?
= The Sunday, 3 weeks before Easter


What is the correct order of the National Days?
= St Davids Day (1 March), St Patricks Day (17 March), St Georges Day (23 April), St Andrews Day (30 November)
 

What time is the church service traditionally held on the Christmas Eve?
= Midnight
 

According to estimates what percentage of England's population regularly attend church
= 8-11%
 

How old must you be to be able to buy a lottery ticket or scratch card?
= 16
 

What is proportion of first time voters who actually cast their vote in the 2001 general election?
= 20%
 

HISTORY & MIGRATION:

When did the Gunpowder Plot take place?
= 5th Nov 1605
 

When did the Queen come to the throne?
= 1952


When were immigrants from Ireland and the West Indies invited to come to the United Kingdom?
= 1948
 

In the late ___ and early 90s there was the fall of the Iron Curtain and the break-up of the Soviet Union
= 1980s

How many Jewish people came to Britain during the World Wars
= 2 million
 

When did the Government first pass laws restricting immigration?
= 1960s

When was the Church of England founded?
= 1534
 

In ___, the invitation for immigrants was extended to people in Ireland and the West Indies
= 1948
 

Since ___ there has been a rise in the numbers moving to Britain from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Indian sub-continent
= 1994
 

When was the current voting age established?
= 1969
 

When did the NHS begin?
= 1948
 

Between ___ large numbers of Jewish people came to Britain from what are now Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus
= 1880 - 1910

How many Ugandan Asians did the UK admit in the 1970's?
= 28,000

When did the First World War end?
= 1918


In which year was a new law passed, enabling the Prime Minister to appoint peers just for their own lifetime?
= 1957

When did Britain join the European Union?
= 1973
 

When was the Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement signed?
= 1998


When did the Anglican Church come into existence?
= 1534

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