Life in the UK Test and ESOL


For people who don’t have English as their first language, they can do a course to help improve their English language. These courses are called ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

ESOL courses cover:

  • Speaking and Listening
  • Reading and Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Punctuation and Grammar

These courses are available in many colleges and learning centres in most of the towns and cities in the United Kingdom, and can be studied either part-time or full-time.

ESOL Entry Levels

ESOL-Skills for Life course is usually offered at five levels – Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2

Candidates at Entry levels are tested for each of the language’s core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Candidates can achieve unit accreditation for each mode (speaking, listening, reading and writing), or take a single mode qualification for Speaking and Listening. Assessment for each mode is via a paper-based test, which can be taken on demand when the learner is ready for assessment. There is no set requirement for assessment.

As these courses are available at different levels, the course instructor always checks candidate’s level of English and suggest him/her the right level of course to start with. For free advice to choose the right course, call the ‘Get On’ helpline: 0800 66 0800. Lines are open from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm, seven days a week.

Life in the UK Test and ESOL

You are required to take and pass an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course in English with citizenship to demonstrate your knowledge of language and life in the UK, before you apply for naturalisation as a British citizen. If your English skills are below ESOL Entry 3 level (or Intermediate 1 level in Scotland), you must take this course and obtain a relevant qualification before you apply. If your English skills are at or above that level, you must take and pass the Life in the UK Test to demonstrate your knowledge of life in the UK.

Help lines:

  • For free advice on ESOL call the Get on helpline: 0800 66 0800.

Lines are open from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm, seven days a week.

  • For advice on how to assess your level of English, phone Next Step: 0800 100 900.

Lines are open from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm, seven days a week.

  • To talk to someone about the 'Life in the UK' test, call the 'Life in the UK' helpline: 0800 015 4245.

Lines are open from 8.00 am to 10.00 pm, seven days a week.