The KoLL requirement was introduced on 28 October 2013, and requires all applicants for ILR and British Citizenship, to fulfil two requirements, unless exempt;
What is the Life in the UK Test?
The Life in the UK Test is designed to test an applicant’s knowledge of the United Kingdom. It covers British customs and traditions. The test consists of 24 questions, and you have 45 minutes to answer them all. There is an official handbook, which is recommended by the UKVI that one can obtain to help prepare for the test. The latest version of the study guide is; “Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents, 3rd Edition.”
You will need to score 75% or higher to pass the test, meaning that you have to get at least 18 out of 24 questions right.
If you fail the test, you can do it again. There is no limit on how many times you can do the test, but you have to wait seven days to do so. You can take the test as many times as you need to until you pass, but you will have to pay the £50.00 fee each time you do so.
The English Language Requirement
Applicants who are nationals of majority English speaking countries and those who have obtained a degree taught in English will not be required to undertake the separate English test. South Africans, especially those whose mother tongue is English, are almost always taken aback to find out that they have to take the English Language Test. This is due to South Africa not considered to be a majority English speaking country, by the UK Home Office.
There are two ways to fulfil the English language requirement;
It is important to note that the UK Home Office only accepts English Language tests, done at approved providers from their set list. Applicants should, therefore, check with their BIC consultant whether a service provider is approved, before booking and paying for the English test.
Exemptions from the KoLL requirement
Certain persons are exempted from the KoLL requirement, this among other things include;