More than a quarter of the people taking the British citizenship test in Kent failed in 2017.
Exclusive figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws show a total of 1,967 tests were taken in Kent in that year.
And people failed on 524 occasions – 27 per cent of the time.
However, the proportion of people failing the test had actually gone down compared to 2016, when people failed 29 per cent of the time.
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Gravesham saw the worst success rate locally, with people failing 44 per cent of the time.
Thanet followed with 36 per cent of tests failed, while in Ashford people failed 29 per cent of the time.
On the other hand, Sevenoaks saw the highest success rate locally, with people only failing citizenship tests 13 per cent of the time.
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 as many times as they like, but each attempt to pass the test costs £50.
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 per cent of questions right to pass.
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There are around 60 test centres in the UK.
Across the UK, 130,983 tests were taken in 2017, with 30 per cent of people failing, or 38,819 in total.
The test was taken fewer times in 2017 than it was in 2016, when it was taken 133,504 times.
Across the South East as a whole, the proportion of people failing the test has gone down.
Some 23 per cent of people failed in 2017 compared to 27 per cent in 2016.
Here is a break down of how each Kent authority did:
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