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Your Driving Theory Test

Gaining your driving licence requires you to pass two tests. The first is the Theory and this must be passed successfully before you are able to book you Practical on road test.

The Theory test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions of which 43 must be answered correctly to achieve a pass. The standard time given is 57 minutes, however those with special needs are allowed longer. The theory test is done on a touch screen computer, headsets are available so you can listen to the questions being read in English. The test can be listened to in 15 other languages and there is also a video of the test in British sign language for those with hearing difficulties. This test must be passed before you can take your practical test. I can help you in this area if required.

As part of the multiple choice section of the test, the case study will assess a candidate's understanding of driving theory, whilst the multiple choice questions will continue to assess their knowledge of the subject.The introductory theory test case study will take the form of a scenario, or short story, on which five questions will be based. Candidates will answer the questions in the same way as they do now, using either the touch screen or mouse.

The Hazard Perception test consists of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes with at least one developing hazard, one clip will feature two developing hazards. You will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development to achieve a high score. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.

Areas the theory test covers are:

    • Accidents
    • Alertness
    • Attitude
    • Documents
    • Hazard awareness
    • Motorway rules
    • Other types of vehicles
    • Road and traffic signs
    • Rules of the road
    • Safety and the vehicle
    • Safety margins
    • Vehicle handling
    • Vehicle loading
    • Vulnerable road users

The cost of  the theory test varies with the DVSA setting the price and offering some help on "try before you buy."  Click here for the relevant page on the DVSA website.