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20 British Citizen test questions to see if you’d actually pass it

20 British Citizen test questions to see if you’d actually pass it

Some Brits might struggle to pass their own citizenship test, maybe there's more to us than we know

People who've moved to the UK and wish to gain British citizenship must first pass a 24-question test with a series of multiple-choice questions, requiring 18 or more right answers to pass.

It's supposed to check that a person living in the UK has learned enough about British society, though someone who was born in the UK and lived there all their lives isn't guaranteed to know the answers and pass the test.

Studies into how well Brits do on their own citizenship test has found that around two-thirds would not pass, with people going into it believing it should be made harder and coming out thinking it should be easier.

Whomever drew this map is definitely not passing the geography questions on the test.
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The test costs £50 to take and you can take it multiple times, one person has even given it a whopping 64 attempts, but the questions are different each time as they're selected at random from a pool of around 3,000 questions.

They cover a range of topics Brits are apparently expected to know about including history, culture, politics and geography - if you can pass this you've got a decent chance at a pub quiz.

If you reckon you'd do a decent job at the test we've got 20 questions below that could appear on a British citizenship test. Take a look below and crack on.

Which stories are associated with Geoffrey Chaucer?

  • The Westbury Tales
  • The Ambridge Tales
  • The London Tales
  • The Canterbury Tales

What important event happened in England in 1066?

  • The Romans abandoned England
  • The Offa Dyke was built
  • The Battle of Hastings was fought
  • The Battle of Bannockburn was fought

After the 2010 General Election what type of government was formed?

  • National Government
  • All-party Government
  • One-party Government
  • Coalition Government

The Union flag is made up of four crosses, one for each part of the United Kingdom, true or false?

  • True
  • False

Emmeline Pankhurst is famous for her leadership of the campaign to give women the right to vote in the UK, true or false?

  • True
  • False

Which of the following statements is correct?

  • Winston Churchill was prime minister during the First World War
  • Winston Churchill was prime minister during the Second World War

Which major development occurred in the UK in the 1960s?

  • Children's rights law reform
  • Currency decimalisation
  • Divorce law reform

Who was an important British inventor in the 20th Century?

  • Tim Berners-Lee
  • George Stephenson
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel

What's the UK currency called?

  • Dollar
  • Euro
  • Pound Sterling
  • Yen

Which of the following statements is correct?

  • Gilbert and Sullivan were a famous comedy double act
  • Gilbert and Sullivan wrote a number of comic operas

Which of the following is associated with football?

  • UEFA
  • The Ashes
  • The Open

Which of these novels did Jane Austen write?

  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Oliver Twist
  • Our Man In Havana

Which of these statements is correct?

  • Halloween is an American festival which has only recently become popular in the UK
  • Halloween is based off an ancient pagan festival to signal the beginning of winter

The daffodil is the national flower of Wales. True or false?

  • True
  • False

What's the UK's capital city?

  • London
  • Westminster
  • Birmingham
  • Windsor

What do pressure and lobby groups do in British politics?

  • Organise violent protests
  • Attempt to influence government policy
  • Help MPs with constituency work

The Scottish parliament can pass legislation for Scotland on all issues, true or false?

  • True
  • False

How old do you have to be so you can vote in a general election?

  • 16
  • 18
  • 21
  • 23

What's the minimum age at which you can drive a car or motorcycle in the UK?

  • 17
  • 18
  • 21
  • 25

What does a jury do at a court trial?

  • Decide whether the court should hear certain pieces of evidence
  • Decide what sentence a person accused of crimes should be given
  • Decide who should be the judge for a trial
  • Decided whether someone is guilty or not

That's your lot, time to check your answers below and figure out how well you did.


  1. The Canterbury Tales (I preferred Chaucer in A Knight's Tale)
  2. The Battle of Hastings was fought (one one day, not the whole year)
  3. Coalition Government
  4. False (sorry Wales, a dragon would have looked cool)
  5. True
  6. Second World War (though he was also in government during the First World War)
  7. Divorce law reform
  8. Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web, which you're using to read this right now)
  9. Pound Sterling (if you're British and you didn't get this one what are you doing?)
  10. They wrote comic operas
  11. UEFA
  12. She wrote Sense and Sensibility
  13. It's an ancient pagan festival (and a great chance to get some sweets)
  14. True (while for England it's the rose, Scotland has the thistle and Northern Ireland's is the shamrock)
  15. London
  16. Attempt to influence government policy
  17. False (on issues such as defence and foreign policy those powers still lie with Westminster)
  18. 18 (rather fitting for this question number)
  19. 17 (do make sure to pass your test first)
  20. Decide whether someone is guilty or not (jury duty is unfortunately quite boring)
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