Driving Theory Test

The overall theory test consists of 2 parts which are detailed below. You take both parts at the same time. You are required to pass both tests together before you can apply for your practical driving test.

What you need to take to your driving theory test

  • Your provisional UK photocard driving licence.

What you can’t take into the test room

You can’t take personal items into the test room with you. This includes things like:

  • Bags
  • Earphones
  • Mobile phones and devices
  • Watches

You have to store any personal items in a locker. The test centre staff will check if you have anything with you that could be used to cheat. If you’re caught cheating, you may be banned from driving.

Part 1 – Multi-choice questions

You are required to answer 50 multiple-choice questions in 57 minutes. You’ll be given time to familiarise yourself with the test instructions and answer some practice questions before the test begins.

During this test, you’ll be presented with a question and multiple answers. You are required to select the correct answer. 5 questions will be related to a case study which will show a short story about a real-life situation you may experience when driving. Therefore, it’s vitally important you take your time when reading. Don’t rush, you have plenty of time to complete the test. If you aren’t sure of an answer, you can flag it and return later on. You also have the opportunity to review any answer to a question and make changes. It’s always a good idea to review everything if you have spare time at the end.

Once you have finished, you’ll be given a 3 minute break before starting the Hazard Perception Test.

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Part 2 – Hazard perception test

You’ll be given the opportunity to watch the following instructional video which explains how this test works.

You will then watch 14 video clips which feature typical scenes on the road. Every clip contains one ‘developing hazard’ however, one of the 14 clips will contain 2 developing hazards. For example, a parked car is not a developing hazard because it is stationary and therefore doesn’t require for you to change your speed or direction. However, a cyclist then appears from behind the parked car, the hazard has started to develop because you will be required to slow down.

Every time you see a developing hazard, you’re required to click the mouse button. The sooner you spot the hazard and click, the higher your score will be up to a maximum of 5 points. You will not score anything by repeatedly clicking the mouse. You will not lose points if you click and get it wrong.

Unlike the multiple choice questions, you are only allowed one attempt at each video clip. There will be no opportunity to go back and review your scoring.

Pass mark and next steps

To pass your overall theory test you’ll be required to score a minimum of:

  • 43 out of 50 points for the multiple-choice questions;
  • 44 out of 75 points for the hazard perception test.

If you pass, you will be given a certificate which will allow you to book your practical driving test. You need to present the certificate before the practical test starts. The certificate is valid for two years. If you haven’t passed your practical test within this time, you will be required to re-take the theory test.

If you fail your theory test, you’ll be told which parts required more points to pass. This will give you an idea of what to practice more. You then can book another test so long as it is after 3 working days.

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