More than half of the people taking the British citizenship test in Oldham failed last year – one of the highest proportions in the country.

Exclusive figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws show a total of 552 people took the test in Oldham in 2016. Of those, 330 – or 60% – failed.

Passing the citizenship test, also known as the “Life in the UK” test, is one of the criteria for becoming a British citizen or settling in the UK. You must also have spent a certain period of time in the country, pass an English language test, and not have any criminal convictions.

The test includes questions on a range of aspects of British culture and history.

People who failed can take the test over and over again but each attempt to pass the test costs £50.

Across England as a whole, 125,925 tests were taken in 2016, with 36% of people failing.

Bolton saw the second highest percentage failing in Greater Manchester. Of the 690 who took the test there, 374 (54%) failed to make the grade.

Bury was next, with 45% of people failing out of the 227 who took the test. People in Trafford did best. Only 123 out of 375 people failed, or roughly a third.

Life in the UK test photo from Flickr
The ‘Life in the UK’ test
(Photo: jayneandd via Flickr)

The test was taken far fewer times in England in 2016 than it was in 2015, when it was taken 164,702 times.

Across the North West as a whole, the proportion of people failing the test is actually going down. Some 44% of people failed in 2016 compared to 46% in 2015.

The Life in the UK tests has 24 questions that must be completed within 45 minutes and the applicant needs to get at least 75% of questions right to pass.

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