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Expats wanting to settle in the UK will have to face tough questions and activities as the new British Citizenship Test comes into force.

The questions will have more emphasis on traditional English pastimes, and will require Aussies and New Zealanders to prove they’re ready to fit into a British community and shed Down Under ways.

First up on the test will be how to make a decent cup of tea. Candidates will have just one minute to prove they know the acceptable sequence – and will see points knocked off for things such as adding milk to the cup first.

A second practical test includes slicing cucumber sandwiches and the correct way to eat a jam scone in public.

A speech therapist will be on hand to offer advice to heavily accented Aussies and Kiwis – or to correct those using slang in their day-to-day speech.

Words such as Pom, thongs, barbie, yakka, stoked and arvo will all be banned as part of the test.

Test spokesman Mike Rotch said: “The questions and activities are all incredibly important for those wanting to immerse themselves in the British way of life.

“To think you can put down roots in the UK without really knowing how to make a proper cup of tea is ludicrous. We’re only letting the best of the best through.”

Questions on the quiz, of which candidates will need to score at least 98 per cent, include: What is the Queen’s favourite colour?

Why should you never smile on the Underground? And perfecting the art of talking about the weather.


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New 'vital' tasks added to British Citizenship Test to include making a good cuppa tea
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