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Questions answered correctly: 16 out of 24 (67%)
I think we failed twice.
Some of the questions are just pure WTF.
or the religion one, as daft as that may make me.
other stuff i fluffed was with things like the childrens working hours and divorce law year.
at least one of the questions needs updating, though.
Is it the same questions each time? The last question for me didn;t really make sense, As both the Council of Europe and the European Council have governance powers.
and the Council of Europe is a separate body. I guess that's why that question is there. Lazy media in this country referring to both the ECJ and the ECHR as "the European Court" doesn't help.
WHY IS NOTHING HAPPENING ON DIS TODAY?
i don't even know what some of those words meant!
I is foreign.
the UK has boring facts.
Seems the average score if you're British.
I'm more citizenshippy that you all!
but seeing as one of the questions had an answer that didn't appear, i'm chalking that us as a correct. though it would be the sort of underhand trick the righties would love, i'm sure
i'm awarding myself 16 out of 22. 73%.
No questions on either dinosaurs or 90s US indie-rock bands, always gonna struggle.
So, deport me!
but i think that a couple of answers are trick, or even wrong.
But the point surely is what the hell does this test prove?
I'm awaiting the daily mail correctional officer to come and smash my door down. Some of the questions were open to interpretation/plain bizarre.
i think i got 10 right.
I'm going to charter a boat and live in international waters
Going to redo it
Thank GOD they're not letting people in who aren't aware of the which year women got the right to divorce their husbands
god, I thought I'd be bad but not THAT bad. Am I going to have to leave?
See you at Southampton docks.
dont you know anything about this country?
how am I supposed to know there were more Australians than Pakistanis in Britain in the 80s?! I was 8 years old and living in Gloucestershire!
You have failed the practice citizenship test.
Questions answered correctly: 9 out of 24 (38%)
holy frickin hell
searching for cheap flights on kayak.com now. we need to get outta here
Where were the maths or physics questions?
Lets hang out - I'll get the bunting up
What's the pass mark?
but I guess the idea is that if we can live here perfectly well without knowing all this stuff why do we require other people to know it? There isn't much here that seems to be integral to the "UK way of life"
to ask questions about art and culture then, rather than boring legal trivia?
the cashier will tell you every single time you try to buy some
when /are/ hospitals open?
I don't really care if they know that the official government record is called Hansard, or they know that women got the right to bear arms in ninteen-eleventy-twelve or whatever else is in there. I don't see how that's relevant to their ability to integrate with modern British society. At least those around the culture of handing in a job application, or schooling bear some relation to things they're likely to need to deal with.
They've had to learn a load of facts out of a book.
It no more teaches them how to be a 'good citizen' than learning a load of capital cities and rivers by rote taught children in the 60s the basics of river management or how be a town planner.
there are much more important bits of info to tell people new to the country about. Things like homosexuality not just being tolerated but being absolutely legal, women having as much of a right to a job as men, the right to free speech but not hate speech ... things that are a fundamental part of out culture, not nitty gritty details like what year certain laws were passed.
From the actual test questions I'd say the one about the number of hours 13 to 16 year olds are allowed to work would kinda fit into the "important" category, since it shows that children have certain rights which are specific to them.
I guess I'd rather than there wasn't a test like this, but instead there was something like a mandatory history class or something for people once they've become citizens, so that they do find out about all this stuff but it doesn't impact directly on their citizenship request.
e.g. that you need to buy your own kids school uniforms or who to go to if you need employment advice or when elections are held. I.e. the kinda stuff most of us take for granted as common sense. For something as easy as enclosing a CV in a job application, immigrants might lack even the knowledge of who to ask if they're unsure. Employers aren't going to tell them.
And it kinda makes more sense for new people to know the weirder stuff since they're already at a disadvantage. E.g. if you hadn't been told, you might not know that "Ulster" means Northern Ireland. Given that in official forms and laws etc more often than not there is a different set of rules or exceptions for Northern Ireland, it makes sense to ensure new citizens are aware of this. If the question had been put in a less cumbersome way like "An Ulsterman is from which part of the UK...?" it would probably be too straightforward and not really application of knowledge.
And some of it, we just ought to know. Like when we got divorce rights and stuff. that's a pretty big part of the development of our society and shows just how entrenched the belief that women and men are equal in law is.
I guess we should know where the European Parliament sits since we use that as a synechode when refering to it and that might be confusing. And after all, it's a democratic body there to represent us all!!!
Plus I'm for making it a bit harder cause it promotes learning and multiplies knowledge. It's not as if the information isn't made available to everyone.
I don't think it's particularly onerous to expect someone to read a handbook and sit a test to become a British citizen.
The nitty gritty details aren't important in themselves but it makes sure people actually read the stuff and don't get in on educated guesswork. How could knowing the year a certain law was passed possibly be a bad thing? I have to remember literally thousands of acts and case citations for my degree. They can remember a few.
I can see that knowing that you have to pay for a school uniform is useful information, but someone could tell you that when you enrolled your child in school. It's not going to trouble your life here.
and learn the questions.
And if you can do that and answer the test I assume you need to have enough English language knowledge to pass combined with enough willingness to learn.
In a country like ours there's precious little actual knowledge you need to get by that most people won't already know.
It's all rubbish, anyway.
being Irish in the UK: pretty amazing. no nonsense like this and we can vote in all the elections. phew.
I'll be on the next boat out of here then.
and I think I guessed the ones I got right
These are the things MPs think are important. No wonder people complain about feeling disconnected.
These tests really do confuse me, why should immigrants need to know a lot of this stuff when most british citizens don't.
Quite surprised by the ones I answered correctly, it was mostly guesswork
I got the new deal question wrong and the % of islam wrong, and the rest I got right. It wasn't very difficult, although to be fair, a few of the questions were legislative in nature, and so it's hardly surprising that the laweyrs (i.e. me and VGW) scored highly
You got 15/20
I failed. But how am I meant to know how many days school are open for and stupid shit like that.
COCK OFF YOU CUNTS. (The Government, not YOU lot).
I'm moving to a country that DOES want me.
About 10 of my correct answers were guesses. Are only lucky people allowed into the UK?
a few silly mistakes, a few what in the fuck are you asking me this for type questions
being a good citizen appears to essentially involve remembering lots and lots and lots of useless statistics.
Seeing as I'm not actually a UK citizen, I'm happy with that.
Lots of *really* stupid questions, asking to discriminate on the basis of fairly meaningless points of difference. E.g. can kids work for 10 hours a school week, or 12 hours a school week?
It's getting them down in one piece that's the problem.
PASSED. Now get out of my country.
I should add that all the ones about statistics/divorce dates etc were done on guesswork rather than actually knowing the answer.
Having looked at the answers, the ones on statistics and divorce dates are the ones I got wrong.
I'd agree with the general feeling that it's difficult to see the point of some of those questions. Although I'd also say that the typical lack of civic knowledge among existing citizens of this country isn't necessarily an argument for taking that stuff out of the test...
I'm a shit citizen. SHITIZEN. That said, they might let me stay because, as my friend pointed out the other day, I pass the 'Tebbitt test'.
Never even heard of Hansard. What's the pass mark?
That was one of the few I was confident about
Curse my prole education.
I can't begin to describe how utterly dull these questions were. Having said that, i stormed the rough trade quiz at the Lexington... Take that Home Office.