Category: Life in the UK

Rush on citizenship applications ahead of Brexit referendum

Red Squirrel Publishing, the leading independent publisher of British citizenship test study guides, has reported a 400% spike in sales following the announcement of the Brexit referendum date. The sudden interest has been caused in part by EU nationals seeking to secure their residency in the UK and to safeguard against the uncertainty of withdrawal from the EU.

The news comes just days after figures released from Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs showed a steady spike in the number of British citizens applying for Irish passports in the past year.

George Sandison, Managing Editor said,

“We’ve only recently published our updated 2016 study guides but are already rushing through a reprint to meet demand.”

“The announcement of the referendum date has definitely brought home just how uncertain the future is. The process for obtaining British citizenship is time-consuming so it’s no surprise that people are suddenly looking to complete this process as quickly as possible”, Sandison said.

According to the Office of National Statistics, it is estimated that a British withdrawal from the EU could affect up to 3 million EU nationals already living in the UK. To be eligible for British citizenship these people would need to satisfy various criteria including: having been resident in the UK for at least 5 years, taking an English language test, and passing the Life in the UK Test.

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Note to editors

  1. Red Squirrel Publishing is a UK-based publishing house. Their range of British citizenship test study guides have helped over half a million people achieve their goal of becoming British since the first edition was published in January 2006. Now in its tenth edition, the original definitive guide is expressly designed to help people pass the Life in the UK Test.
  2. The Life in the UK test is a compulsory requirement for those applying for permanent residence in the UK or a British passport. To pass the test applicants must score 75% on a 24-question multiple choice test. Questions cover subjects such as British history, cultural figures such as artists, sportspeople and inventors, and British law and government. Migrants from non-English speaking countries must also get an English speaking and listening qualification at level B1 (Intermediate) on the ECFR.
  3. Data sources from the Office of National Statistics:
    Population by Country of Birth and Nationality 2014 http://bit.ly/21X8erK
    2011 Census data: http://bit.ly/1TFxPEs
    Cover image for the Life in the UK Test: Handbook (9781907389351) – http://bit.ly/21YJkvp

For further details please contact
George Sandison
Managing Editor
Red Squirrel Publishing
Tel: 0207 112 9359
Mobile: 07815 444306
Email : george@redsquirrelbooks.com
Website : www.redsquirrelbooks.com

Life in the UK Test iPhone app

This app provides the ideal companion to the best-selling independent series, Life in the UK Test: Study Guide and Handbook. Give yourself the flexibility to study on the move. Features include:

  • A huge database of 1500 questions all based on the official study materials, ‘Life in the United Kingdom: A Guide for New Residents, 3rd edition’ (ISBN 9780113413409)
  • Randomised mock practice tests which simulate the real test
  • Tests by chapter so you can focus your studies on specific areas
  • Detailed feedback on every test including your best and worst categories and summaries of correct answers
  • Reporting so you can track your overall performance and identify which chapters you need to improve

Passing the Life in the UK Test is a compulsory requirement for anyone applying for British citizenship of Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR or Settlement). With the test fee of £50 and 1 in 4 people failing the test it can be expensive. Customer feedback shows more than 9 in 10 (92%) of Red Squirrel Publishing customers pass their test.

This app is published by Red Squirrel Publishing, who have been making study aids since the citizenship test was first launched in 2006. This app gives you the best advice at an affordable price. Take advantage of our years of experience today.

NOTE: This app does not contain the text of the official study materials. You must use it as a study companion. Check out our range of full study guides

Available from the App Store

£1.99 | Life in the UK Test for British Citizenship: by LifeintheUK.net

30% of new Brits don’t know where Liverpool is on a map

The results come as the test celebrates its fifth birthday this month and the Home Secretary announced strict new controls on immigration last week.

Nearly 40% thought the Angel of the North was near Leeds, Manchester or Birmingham, and 20% thought the Shetland Islands were the Channel Islands.

Despite immigration being high on the government’s agenda these results suggest that the test still leaves migrants lacking in basic knowledge about the country. With such pressure to reduce net migration the issue of integration is being ignored.

Another recent study on people taking the Life in the UK Test placed British-born people 40th globally. With the Home Office study materials becoming increasingly inaccurate, it is clear that the test is in dire need of being updated.

Suggestions from survey respondants on the failings of the test included geography of the UK, consumer protection issues, and information on how to volunteer locally.

George Sandison, Managing Editor of Red Squirrel Publishing, which carried out the test, said: “It is clear that migrants to the UK want to become integrated with British life – the Home Office needs to review its responsibility to help them achieve this goal.”

Further details about the research are available on http://www.redsquirrelbooks.com/press.

Notes for editors

  • Results of the geography test were taken from a sample of 59 respondants based on a survey sent to past users of www.lifeintheuk.net who have taken the Life in the UK Test. The survey, including all questions asked, can be found here
  • Further information on the global survey of Life in the UK Test results can be found here – China Takes Pole Position in Brit Test
  • Red Squirrel Publishing is a UK based publishing house specialising in citizenship test study guides. Its range of Life in the UK Test: Study Guides has helped hundreds of thousands of people achieve their goal of becoming British since the first edition was published in January 2006. The 2011 edition of this definitive guide is expressly designed to help people pass the Life in the UK Test

For further details please contact

George Sandison – Managing Editor
Red Squirrel Publishing
Suite 235, 77 Beak Street,
London
W1F 9DB
United Kingdom

China takes the Pole position in Brit Test

The news comes as the Home Office celebrates the fifth anniversary of the test this month. The pass mark is 18 for the test, and the Chinese scored an impressive 19.01, on average. Poland, meanwhile, plummeted to 29th place.

The Philippines and Jamaica came second and third, respectively. British born citizens achieved a dismal ranking of 40th with 15.14, although this was an improvement on Germany’s 43rd and France’s 46th.

Iran and Iraq both passed on average, and even Afghanistan scored 15.54 – a clear half a mark ahead of the British. Some continuity was preserved in that the US remain at the bottom of the table, although Argentina took last place.

The multiple-choice exam was based on the Home Office’s ‘Life in the UK Test’; questions included ‘When is the national day for England?’ (23rd April) and ‘What is the largest ethnic minority in Britain?’ (Indian).

George Sandison, Managing Editor of Red Squirrel Publishing, which carried out the test, said: ‘This shows the test is far from straightforward and the average Brit would fail.’

‘But these figures also reflect people who haven’t studied for the test and with effective study a pass is achievable.’ Sandison said.

Further details about the research are available on the company’s website www.redsquirrelbooks.com/press.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Users can take the test themselves by visiting www.lifeintheuk.net/facebook.

Over 193,000 people applied for British Citizenship in 2009, and over 900,000 people have taken the test since it was introduced – around three in ten people fail.

The Britishness league table

Rank Nationality Average Score Respondants
1 China 19.01 206
2 Philippines 19.00 865
3 Jamaica 18.92 201
4 Nepal 18.84 135
5 Iran 18.84 81
6 Colombia 18.65 153
7 Nigeria 18.49 486
8 Japan 18.44 167
9 Ghana 18.41 271
10 Pakistan 18.35 594
11 India 18.21 810
12 Brazil 18.13 214
13 Bangladesh 18.05 201
14 Zimbabwe 18.03 324
15 Iraq 18.01 93
16 Malaysia 17.83 248
17 Russia 17.69 156
18 Romania 17.69 78
19 Thailand 17.62 320
20 Bulgaria 17.49 178
21 Albania 17.29 140
22 Turkey 17.19 368
23 Ukraine 17.05 100
24 South Africa 16.97 912
25 Norway 16.42 111
26 Hong Kong 16.08 153
27 Switzerland 16.08 67
28 Sri Lanka 15.98 123
29 Poland 15.96 411
30 New Zealand 15.86 418
31 Chile 15.73 99
32 Belgium 15.71 89
33 Sweden 15.65 368
34 Afghanistan 15.54 98
35 Finland 15.50 403
36 Spain 15.40 223
37 Irish Republic 15.31 286
38 Netherlands 15.28 154
39 Australia 15.16 1,019
40 Britain 15.14 41,301
41 Denmark 14.94 177
42 Greece 14.91 149
43 Germany 14.68 507
44 Italy 14.60 376
45 Canada 14.57 1,485
46 France 14.53 837
47 US 14.42 2,841
48 Argentina 14.06 103

About the research
The research data was collected using an application built within social networking website, Facebook. Participants were asked 24 sample questions taken from Red Squirrel Publishing’s Life in the UK Test: Study Guide.

The application was launched on 1 November 2007. Facebook members from around the world were invited to participate. Within two weeks over 10,000 people had taken the online test.

Users can take the test themselves by visiting www.lifeintheuk.net/facebook.

Sample Questions
The questions used in this research have been sourced from the publication Life in the UK Test: Study Guide. The Home Office keeps the official questions secret, however reader feedback indicates that the questions from this publication are very similar to those used in the real test.

Some of the questions used in the research are provided below

How often are general elections held?
(a) At least every year
(b) At least every four years
(c) At least every five years (correct answer)
(d) At least every ten years

What does the government programme New Deal provide?
(a) Funding and an advice service for small businesses
(b) Healthcare and medicines for the sick and elderly
(c) Accommodation and support for the homeless
(d) Help and support for unemployed people to get back into work (correct answer)

What is the largest ethnic minority in Britain?
(a) Black Caribbean descent
(b) Pakistani descent
(c) Bangladeshi descent
(d) Indian descent (correct answer)

When is the national day for England?
(a) 1 March
(b) 17 March
(c) 23 April
(d) 30 November

Which of these statements is correct?
(a) Only people on benefits are entitled to apply for council accommodation
(b) Everyone is entitled to apply for council accommodation (correct answer)

If you would like to request a full list of questions then please contact us.

Other data sources

  1. Red Squirrel Publishing is a UK based publishing house specialising in citizenship test study guides. Its range of Life in the UK Test: Study Guides has helped hundreds of thousands of people achieve their goal of becoming British since the first edition was published in January 2006. The 2011 edition of this definitive guide is expressly designed to help people pass the Life in the UK Test.

  2. National pass rates based on Home Office statistics obtained using the Freedom of Information Act.
  3. Nationality pass rates taken from the Britishness Test on Facebook and based on 59,102 responses. Please see attached spreadsheet for breakdown of scores.
  4. Red Squirrel Publishing pass rates based on customer feedback forms sent to http://www.lifeintheuk.net. 8,834 respondents.

For further details please contact

George Sandison
Red Squirrel Publishing
Suite 235, 77 Beak Street,
London
W1F 9DB
United Kingdom

Email: info@redsquirrelbooks.com
Website: www.redsquirrelbooks.com

Polish Score Top Marks in Britishness Test

LONDON, Jan. 13 – The Polish are more “British” than the British according to new research.

The research, conducted by Red Squirrel Publishing, tested over 15,000 Facebook users using a sample version of the Home Office’s citizenship exam. The results show that Polish users gained the highest average score.

The research also found that of the 11,118 British people who sat the sample test only 1,585, or 14 per cent, achieved a pass score. Britain was only ranked sixth in Red Squirrel Publishing’s “Britishness” league table of nations behind Poland, Finland, Sweden, Germany and New Zealand.

Facebook users completed the sample citizenship test, which examines knowledge of British life, laws and institutions, via an application on the social networking site.

Henry Dillon, editor of Red Squirrel Publishing, which publishes a range of British citizenship test study guides, said the research provides further evidence of the challenging nature of the test.

“What these statistics show is that walking into the test without proper preparation is a recipe for failure – even British nationals struggle answering many of the questions,” Dillon said. “But these figures reflect people who haven’t studied for the test. Our research shows that with effective study a pass is achievable. Eighty-nine per cent of people who prepared using Red Squirrel Publishing’s best-selling Life the UK Test: Study Guide passed their test on their first attempt.”

Users can participate in the research by visiting http://www.lifeintheuk.net/facebook

Passing the Home Office’s Life in the UK Test is a requirement for anyone wanting to apply for citizenship or settle permanently in the UK.

Over 437,000 applicants have taken the Home Office’s test since it was introduced in November 2005. As of October 2007, one out of three people failed the test.


CONTACT DETAILS
Henry Dillon, Editor of Life in the UK Test: Study Guide (Red Squirrel Publishing)
Telephone: 0845 123 3803

Ainsley Thomson, Public Relations Manager
Telephone: 0845 123 3803

NOTES TO EDITORS
The Britishness league table
The average scores of the 15 countries that have had the most participants have been taken to form the Britishness league table. To provide an accurate sample, only users from the top 15 participating countries have been included in the league table.

Rank Nation Average score Participants
1 Poland 15.20 49
2 Finland 15.14 169
3 Sweden 15.01 108
4 Germany 14.75 104
5 New Zealand 14.43 115
6 British 14.40 11,118
7 Spain 14.39 57
8 Denmark 14.08 66
9 Irish Republic 14.06 93
10 Italy 13.84 76
11 France 13.74 272
12 South Africa 13.68 97
13 Australia 13.67 283
14 Canada 13.16 528
15 United States of America 12.90 786

About the research
The research data was collected using an application built within social networking website, Facebook. Participants were asked 24 sample questions taken from Red Squirrel Publishing’s Life in the UK Test: Study Guide.

The application was launched on 1 November 2007. Facebook members from around the world were invited to participate. Within two weeks over 10,000 people had taken the online test.

Users can participate in the research by visiting http://www.lifeintheuk.net/facebook

Sample Questions
The questions used in this research have been sourced from the publication Life in the UK Test: Study Guide. The Home Office keeps the official questions secret, however reader feedback indicates that the questions from this publication are very similar to those used in the real test.

Some of the questions used in the research are provided below

1. How often are general elections held?
a. At least every year
b. At least every four years
c. At least every five years (correct answer)
d. At least every ten years

2. What does the government programme New Deal provide?
a. Funding and an advice service for small businesses
b. Healthcare and medicines for the sick and elderly
c. Accommodation and support for the homeless
d. Help and support for unemployed people to get back into work (correct answer)

3. What is the largest ethnic minority in Britain?
a. Black Caribbean descent
b. Pakistani descent
c. Bangladeshi descent
d. Indian descent (correct answer)

4. When is the national day for England?
a. 1 March
b. 17 March
c. 23 April (correct answer)
d. 30 November

5. Which of these statements is correct?
a. Only people on benefits are entitled to apply for council accommodation
b. Everyone is entitled to apply for council accommodation (correct answer)

If you would like to request a full list of questions then please contact us.

About Red Squirrel Publishing
Red Squirrel Publishing is a UK based publishing house specialising in citizenship test study guides. Its range of Life in the UK Test study guides has helped thousands of people achieve their goal of becoming British since the first edition was published in January 2006. Now in its third edition, the original definitive guide is expressly designed to help people pass the Life in the UK Test.

Other Data Sources
1. National pass rates from Home Office statistics obtained using the Freedom of Information Act
2. Red Squirrel Publishing pass rates based on customer satisfaction survey sent to all registered readers during May 2007. 1,334 respondents.

FURTHER CONTACT DETAILS
Red Squirrel Publishing
Suite 235, 77 Beak Street,
London, W1F 9DB
United Kingdom
Telephone: 0845 123 3803
Email: info@redsquirrelbooks.com
Website: http://www.redsquirrelbooks.com/press