Too hard for Meghan… Will you pass the British citizenship test?

In the latest episode of his podcast Archetypes, Meghan explains that the Life in the UK Test, the exam to become a British citizen, is “very difficult”. Really? Can you answer the questions correctly in the test that all applicants for British citizenship must pass?

“This citizenship test is so hard. I was studying for the test and I remember thinking to myself, ‘Oh my God.’ As she chats with actress Pamela Adlon – whose mother is English – in the latest episode ofArchetypes, Meghan, as often in her podcast, allows herself a personal anecdote about her preparation for this test “compulsory as part of an application for British citizenship or establishment in the United Kingdom” according to the government’s website. “I asked my husband: ‘Did you know? Did you know?’,” continues the duchess, visibly still affected by this cramming. And he replied: ‘I have no idea’.”

Before her marriage to Prince Harry in May 2018, Meghan had taken steps to obtain British citizenship. Among the prerequisites for taking the Life in the UK Test, the obligation to stay more than 270 days on British territory during the three years preceding one’s application for citizenship… Meghan and Harry’s decision to no longer insure their representative role within the royal family and their departure to the United States in early 2020 forced King Charles’ daughter-in-law to finally drop her request.

A score of 75% or higher to pass the test

To pass this exam, candidates must answer correctly and within 45 minutes at least 18 of the 24 questions relating to Britain’s politics and history, popular culture, social relations and the country’s legal system, as well as its traditions and daily life. “You must achieve a score of 75% or more to pass the test”, the official website always states. Taking the exam costs £50 (about €58) and anyone aged 18 to 65 can register at any of the 30 UK exam centres.

Is the questionnaire really that complicated? Do you have sufficient knowledge to become a subject for Her Most Gracious Majesty? The questions chosen below come from the Life in the UK test website, which offers dozens of exercises to prepare online. All are taken from the manual Life in the UK: A Guide for New Residents. 3rd edition Handbook. Your turn to try!

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