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Citizenship (specifically, British citizenship) - March 6th 2012, 05:40 PM

My mum found this citizenship test and we've both taken it, she got about 15 out of 24, I got 9. I just thought it'd be interesting to post it here and see what people's thoughts on it are.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/m...tizenship-test

I personally think they're pretty weird questions to ask; it was a lot of stuff that, despite having been a British citizen all of my life, I'd no idea about. So if a person already born in the UK can't get 75% or more, why should an immigrant need to, as clearly the knowledge is of little or no practical use once you're living here O.o


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Re: Citizenship (specifically, British citizenship) - March 6th 2012, 05:49 PM

Just got 13 out of 24 after a lot of guessing. But I don't think the point of this test is that it's about things that every Briton should know. It's all stuff that could be easily rote-learned out of a revision guide, and so it tests whether or not a potential immigrant is committed to coming to Britain. That's the charitable interpretation, of course. The cynical one is that the government wanted to be seen to be doing something to lower immigration, and a bullshit citizenship test was an easy and cheap way to do that.



   
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Re: Citizenship (specifically, British citizenship) - March 6th 2012, 07:56 PM

Same I got 7/24 . Those questions are odd, I didn't know half of the answers /many of the answers.



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Re: Citizenship (specifically, British citizenship) - March 6th 2012, 08:10 PM

25% lol,,,,,,,


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Re: Citizenship (specifically, British citizenship) - March 6th 2012, 08:57 PM

10/24 which is 42%
To be honest if I actually did study before and I'm guessing if you are applying to get citizenship you are given a study guide I could be able to pass it. It was not that bad.


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Re: Citizenship (specifically, British citizenship) - March 7th 2012, 04:37 PM

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I personally think they're pretty weird questions to ask; it was a lot of stuff that, despite having been a British citizen all of my life, I'd no idea about. So if a person already born in the UK can't get 75% or more, why should an immigrant need to, as clearly the knowledge is of little or no practical use once you're living here O.o
I'm not in Britain but I'm a Vietnamese who had immigrated to the USA. I took the US citizenship about a year and a half ago (we have to live in the USA 5 years before we can take the test). Here in the USA, we call it the "Naturalization" process or citizenship through naturalization.

It's probably make more sense if you think of it like a driver license test. The test itself is meant to test if the person is worthy of the citizenship (i.e. care about the country to go through the trouble of studying and taking the test).


But another reason is that it bring in some extra money. The current price (as of March 7, 2012) for taking ONE naturalization is $595 USDs + $85 USDs for the biometric service fee (fingerprints), totaling about $680 USDs.

$680 USDs is A LOT of money for taking a single test. Huge profit for the fed, no?


They give us a package and a video to study for the test. So it isn't like we have to go in there without any study. Heck, I only spent about 4 days of studying and I passed with perfect score. After passing the test, they also tested on my English skills (just basic speaking, read, and writing skills) and I had to swore on oath of loyalty to the country.

It's more of a (profitable) regulation than anything, really. Besides, this forces us to swear and oath to the USA. And it also forces the young men to signup for the selective service--that is, when the US army needs more soldiers, they would draft us into the army. If I don't sign up for the selective service then they would not let me take the citizenship test.


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Re: Citizenship (specifically, British citizenship) - March 7th 2012, 04:52 PM

Haha I got 6





   
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Re: Citizenship (specifically, British citizenship) - March 8th 2012, 03:06 AM

I got 14 out of 24, but to be fair I'm Australian and have never been to the Britain.


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