Expats in the UK -- or those who wish they were? Test time! Try out the UK Citizenship Test
After reading Mike and Toni's posts over at Pond Parleysabout becoming a dual citizen I decided to investigate the cost and hassle of collecting my own UK passport. Yes, I know, as I have now been here almost half my life, why haven't I done this sooner? At first I didn't think about it, then I couldn't afford it, then I forgot about it again and now I really can't afford it! I was really surprised that I would have to pay at least £800, but in several places the literature reminded me the becoming a British Citizen is a privledge, so I guess it makes sense that it would be expensive enough to exclude the likes of me.
After I realised I wouldn't be applying this year I then moved on to The Test. You can take a sample test. I did a virtual swagger to the link, believing I would breeze through it. I received an A in British History at A Level, after all. Ho! Was I mistaken: I have been humbled. I have a new respect for you lot who have studied for that test and passed.
Here's a sample: How many days a year do UK schools have to be open? I would ask, How is this useful knowledge for an immigrant? but then I begin to edge dangerously close to another post all together.
Try it yourself, I'd love to hear how you do--but only if like me you haven't bought the book and studied for it yet! www.ukcitizenshiptest.co.uk
Michelloui is an American who has lived in the UK for 19 years. Although she loves Britain, she reamins steadfastly American and now has a Mid-Atlantic accent to match her Mid-Atlantic culture. Her blog is Mid-Atlantic English or How I learned to stop worrying and love the host culture (tips for enjoying your life abroad)