Update: UKBA Press Release on the 3rd edition of the New Life in the UK handbook

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) have released a press release entitled. `New Life in the UK handbook published today’ which provides further information on the launch of the new third edition of the Life in the UK handbook.  Further details are as follows:

New Life in the UK handbook published today

 28 January 2013
Life in the UK handbook

Life in the UK handbook

An updated Life in the UK test handbook is now available to buy.

The new handbook supports the UK Border Agency’s Life in the UK test for migrants wishing to seek permanent residence in the UK or naturalisation as a British citizen.

It has been updated to provide the reader with a more accurate reflection of living in the UK, with a greater focus on British culture and history. The handbook is user-friendly and has taken on board feedback from the user evaluation survey, the public and other interested parties.

The handbook celebrates British achievements and prominent individuals in the fields of science, culture, literature and sport. It also highlights the natural beauty and major landmarks of the UK. There is information on government, democracy, the legal system and how individuals can contribute to their community, plus a greater emphasis on the responsibilities as well as privileges of living in the UK.

It will fit easily into a pocket or bag and includes useful ‘check that you understand’ boxes at the end of every section, and a glossary of key words and phrases.

A new Life in the UK test will be introduced on 25 March 2013, 8 weeks after publication of the new handbook, to allow candidates time to prepare. Unlike the current test which only has questions on selected chapters, the new test will include questions on all sections of the new handbook, meaning that candidates will be tested on their knowledge of history and the law. The booking system will make it clear to candidates whether they are booking the new or old test.

[Link to Press Release]


One response to “Update: UKBA Press Release on the 3rd edition of the New Life in the UK handbook

  1. Having bought a copy of this 3rd edition, and being involved heavily with the first and second editions as question writer for the Home Office, I must say that preparing to take the test based on the new edition is a much more demanding and a pretty useless task. I declare an interest – my own test practice site – and I calculate that three-quarters of the questions are no longer relevant. These are the questions about useful things such as employment, housing, welfare, law, migration, health care, children and education. I must now devise mind-numbingly boring questions about the Stone Age and the UK’s (quote from book section title) ‘modern, thriving society’.

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