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Durham University

Department of Philosophy


Publication details for Professor Thom Brooks

Brooks, Thom (2013). UK citizenship test is inconsistent and riddled with errors. The Conversation

Author(s) from Durham


When I took the UK citizenship test in 2009, I got the number of MPs in the House of Commons wrong, not because I didn’t know the answer, but because the Home Office didn’t.
Preparing for the test was subject of increasing curiosity mixed with incredulity as yet another “correct” answer provided in the handbook was found to be false. Passing the test was more about remembering what the Home Office wanted to hear than what was, in fact, true.

By this time, there had been a growing crisis surrounding the test’s use since 2007.