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Thanks for your prompt reply.linkers wrote:There is no expiry of LiUK test, you can take it whenever you feel like. I took my test 14 months before applying for my ILR.
I would advice the exact opposite - especially if you don't like history. The tests are valid for life and are due to become much more complex then they are at the moment (the test is indeed very easy to pass). Read this BBC report on some of the proposed changes. While these changes have not been implemented yet, they can come into force any minute now. Read this interesting warning. However, I agree with linkers, there must be a transition period, that is technically unavoidable. I would just not count on it that it is a particularly long period. I see no valid reason to procrastinate something like this test, especially given the circumstances.InUkOnHsmp wrote:My advice would be to hang on till its a couple of months before your ILR is due. This is what I did, LIUK test is a really simple test and you wont need much time to prepare and clear, why the complication?
See here: "The test supervisor can not change this for you. If the details on the certificate are wrong, you should include a letter with your application for naturalisation as a British citizen or for indefinite leave to remain explaining what the situation is. The Home Office will then make a decision whether or not to accept your certificate." While they technically have the right to refuse your test certificate (you were asked to confirm your name twice during registration for the test!) - I don't think they will make a fuss if it is an obvious typo. If the test supervisor indeed left a note, you are fine.sateeshiiitb wrote:I can give the test again just to eliminate the element of doubt but would like to know if this is a serious issue.
I am in my fourth year on tier-2 (General) and my visa will be renewed in December 2012 for final year before applying for ILR in September 2013.
Can I give Life in the UK test now (i.e. before applying for visa renewal) or I need to wait to get my visas renewed first?
Also, any idea if taking Life in the UK test early has any effect on visa renewals?!
And the last thing, I heard there might be some changes in he test. So will I have to re-appear if the changes are made to the test before I apply for ILR?
I will appreciate any help in this matter.
Not really, at least not yet. History and geography appear in disappointingly low proportions in the current test (at least in my eyes). There are many questions concerning numbers and percentages (general population, ethnic groups and faith communities, seats in the 3 parliaments, ...) and on general stuff (e.g. MOT, speed limits, minimum wages, voltage, how to buy a house, film classifications), and maybe a handful of dates. With the right book easy enough to learn in a single weekend, but history and geography? Nah, not really.InUkOnHsmp wrote:If you were good in history and geography at school you should be fine in the test .
Update: The latest news on BBC. Sale of the completely re-written study materials is supposedly starting today, while the new and harder test goes live in March. I strongly recommend that everyone who is thinking about taking the test sometime in 2013 hurries up and gets it done. Even more so if you already bought the study materials.Gyfrinachgar wrote:I would advice the exact opposite - especially if you don't like history. The tests are valid for life and are due to become much more complex then they are at the moment (the test is indeed very easy to pass). Read this BBC report on some of the proposed changes. While these changes have not been implemented yet, they can come into force any minute now. Read this interesting warning. However, I agree with linkers, there must be a transition period, that is technically unavoidable. I would just not count on it that it is a particularly long period. I see no valid reason to procrastinate something like this test, especially given the circumstances.
No, see above: the tests remain valid for life (or at least for the foreseeable future as relevant for any current applicant). The old books will only have collector's value from 25th of March on, but the test certificates have no use-by date. That is why I personally would recommended to get it done asap for those who have not already passed the test.sip05ma4 wrote:Could someone help me about the ones who already have taken the exam? Do they need to take new exam again?
The certificate does not contain the passport number, maybe nobody will care too much. However, HO will confirm your details in the computer database. To be on the safe side, simply submit your current (then cancelled) passport in the application as well.tar123zan wrote:I remember a phrase that when applying for naturalization, life in the UK test paper should be presented with the same ID documents that this test was taken. I probably used my passport when this test was taken but as this passport is now about to expire, I will have to apply a new passport before naturalization. Does it mean that I have to take this test again as my passport would be different (e.g. passport number).