The new british citizenship test-would you pass it?

(60 Posts)
mumnosbest Sun 08-Jul-12 14:00:37

Take the test here www.guardian.co.uk/uk/blog/quiz/2012/jul/05/uk-citizenship-test

I scored 6 and DH (who passed the old one) scored 8. We're both smart enough, been to uni, ok jobs etc. You need 10 to pass!

Would you be allowed to stay or be deported with us?

Maryz Sun 08-Jul-12 22:04:30

Sorry, 11 - I passed grin

I got the Wales, the NHS and the black deaths ones wrong hmm

CrystalQueen Sun 08-Jul-12 22:10:18

12 - but I am a swot. Plus I have "A History of Britain" on DVD. I totally fail to see how that qualifies me to be a UK citizen.

oreocrumbs Sun 08-Jul-12 22:10:46

I scored 8, and two of those were guesses. I thought NI was part of Great Britain?

I'll fetch my coat. . . . Where will they be sending me?

Actually I passed the old American test in that place in New York where the imigrants arrived. Clearly my memory has deserted me since that point since I can't even remember the name of the sodding museum shock. Perhaps they will send me back there!

TalkinPeace2 Sun 08-Jul-12 22:14:03

I got 11
and I have my certificate for the old one

CogitoErgoSometimes Sun 08-Jul-12 23:33:58

13... <smug git emoticon> I didn't think we imported canal builders in the Middle Ages (mediaeval canals? hmm) and had no clue about the Welsh question.

MrJudgeyPants Mon 09-Jul-12 09:45:18

I also got 13 - Like Corgito, I didn't even know that we dug canals in this country until the beginning of the Industrial Revolution - I guess the canals that these labourers dug would have been for irrigation?

I also got the one wrong about when English law was first applied to Wales - although, in my defence, I think this is misleading as England invaded, and held, various bits of Wales for various times from shortly after the Norman invasion onwards.

[Don's pedantic hat]

Question 1 is wrong in so much as Wales isn't a country, it's a principality.

Question 2 is wrong as Boudicca fought against the Roman occupation, not the conquest.

Question 3 is wrong, Alfred the Great didn't defeat the Vikings, and he fought them until they accepted the division of the country (Danelaw).

Question 4, the application of English law in Wales, is debatable.

And

Question 6, both Serfs and Yeomen worked the land.

Other than that, it's a perfectly entertaining pub quiz. Personally, I can't see the point of this at all and think it's stupid to bar British nationality to anyone who can't answer these questions. Many Brits wouldn't pass this test and, moreover, does knowing this information really make you a better subject?

mumnosbest Mon 09-Jul-12 09:50:58

maryz when you finish the test there are 2 boxes at the bottom 'try again' or 'see answers'. i missed this so did the test again choosing random answers and got 10/15!

slug Mon 09-Jul-12 10:40:51

14 out of 15. That's a relief, I have to sit it for real later this year.

whatinthewhatnow Mon 09-Jul-12 12:37:35

10. I'll get my coat. it's a ridiculous test. how on earth does that show that people are willing to be 'british'? I'm sure questions about modern culture and practices would be better. or do they have those already? the whole thing seems bananas to me.

Ponders Mon 09-Jul-12 12:41:19

I got 11 (phew)

v surprised at answer to no 8!

Trills Mon 09-Jul-12 12:42:38

Yes, I would pass it, because if I were planning on taking the test I would read and learn the things that they suggest you read and learn.

The questions in the test are not the point at all, the point is that you are willing to put in a bit of effort.

Trills Mon 09-Jul-12 12:45:07

I scored 11/15

LilyBolero Mon 09-Jul-12 12:50:18

I got 12/15 so I passed, but I think some of the questions are impossible to answer - eg the one about which monarch established the Church of England , because it was Henry VIII who broke from Rome, which led to the establishment of the CofE, which I presume was Elizabeth I, but I can't see the answers to see which one they are taking as the answer!

LilyBolero Mon 09-Jul-12 12:52:15

Ok, can see answers now - it says Henry VIII but I dispute that really!

LilyBolero Mon 09-Jul-12 12:53:38

And given that Mary totally demolished any 'new church' to restore Catholicism, it took an act of parliament by Elizabeth I to establish the Church of England as we know it.

Stupid question really.

kmdwestyorks Mon 09-Jul-12 12:56:02

Failed 8/15 but then i also fail to understand how failing it makes me less british or less concerned about UK issues or less committed to contributing my bit.

i am however a good student, give me the guide and i'll learn it off by heart and score 15/15 but that wouldn't make me more british or more concerned or more committed either.

Ponders Mon 09-Jul-12 12:56:05

it was breaking from Rome that came first though

I know Bloody Mary then reversed it, but Henry started it grin

Pascha Mon 09-Jul-12 12:59:09

11 right. I wonder how many of us got the same 11 questions right?

mumnosbest Mon 09-Jul-12 13:01:46

trills i hope the point isnt just to see who's willing to put in a bit of work as people could be motivated to do that for any reason, not always good. i agree wih earlier posts that a test on laws and culture would be better.

imagine if the driving theory test was just about the history of automobiles. how many people could swat up and pass? id probably only get 6/15 again without revision but im not a bad driver!

HandMadeTail Mon 09-Jul-12 13:10:25

I passed the proper test last year.

I passed this with a score of 11.

I am Australian.

CogitoErgoSometimes Mon 09-Jul-12 13:31:03

"fail to understand how failing it makes me less british "

It doesn't. Big perogative of being British-born is that we're quite free to be as ignorant of our culture and history as we wish. Foreigners often show us up in that regard.

Hassled Mon 09-Jul-12 13:38:29

14/15! Ha! I'm gobsmacked at what I apparently know.

Hassled Mon 09-Jul-12 13:40:04

Although - maybe I did so well because I only moved to the UK when I was 10? Maybe I/my parents made some sort of conscious effort to get me up to speed?

LilyBolero Mon 09-Jul-12 16:45:23

" Ponders Mon 09-Jul-12 12:56:05

it was breaking from Rome that came first though

I know Bloody Mary then reversed it, but Henry started it grin"

I think the problem is that when do you ascertain that it was 'established' - I think there's an argument for either of them, but in a multi-choice answer paper it could be the difference between pass/fail!

Ryoko Mon 09-Jul-12 19:33:46

I got 7

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