The Theory test
If you want to drive a car you will need to pass the driving theory test before booking your Car Theory Test.
There are 2 parts to the theory test:
1 the multiple choice part
2 the hazard perception part
Both parts of the test are taken on the same day. You must book your driving theory test in advance. You need to pass both to pass the theory test.
I can allow you access to Theory Test Pro as part of your lessons, just let me know your email address and I will send you details.
The Multiple-Choice Part
Before the test starts you will be given instructions on how it works.
You can choose to do a practice session of multiple-choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.
A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen - you have to select the correct answer. Some questions may need more than one answer.
You can move between questions and flag questions that you want to come back to later in the test.
Some questions will be given as a case study. The case study will:
1 show a short story that 5 questions will be based on
2 focus on real life examples and experiences you could come across when you are driving
The multiple-choice part lasts for 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.
After the multiple-choice part you can choose to have a break of up to 3 minutes before the hazard perception part starts.
The Hazard Perception Part
Before you start the hazard perception part, you will be shown a short video clip about how it works.
You will then be shown a series of 14 video clips on a computer screen. The clips:
1 feature everyday road scenes
2 contain at least one developing hazard - but one of the clips will feature 2 developing hazards
A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.
Hazard perception test scoring
The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score.
The most you can score for each developing hazard is 5 points.
To get a high score you need to respond to the developing hazard as soon as you see it starting.
If you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end. It will tell you that you have scored zero for that particular clip. The best advice I can give is to click on each hazard and then once more when it occurs.
You will not be able to review your answers.
The pass mark is 44 out of 75.
Your test result
You will be given the results of your theory tests at the test centre after taking it.
You will get a pass certificate if you pass your theory test. You will need this when you book and take your practical test.
Your theory test pass certificate lasts for 2 years after taking your test. You will need to take and pass the theory test again if you haven not passed your practical test by then.
Preparing for the multiple-choice part
To prepare for the multiple-choice part of the theory test you should use 2 books known as the source material. They are
1 The Highway Code
2 Know your traffic signs
The Highway Code is essential reading and can be found online by using the following link or by purchasing a book from any book shop.
Preparing for the hazard perception part
You will need to practice the theory test by using a CD, which you can buy in a shop or by using some of the Hazard Perception clips that you can find online.
Documents you need to take to your theory test
You need to bring both parts of your driving license - the photocard and the paper counterpart.
If you have an old style paper license, you must take your signed driving license and a valid passport. No other form of photographic identification will be accepted.
If you don not have one, you must get a passport or update your paper license to a photocard license.
Your test will not go ahead and you will lose your fee if you do not bring the right documents to your test.
If you have lost your driving license
If you lose your driving license, you must apply for a replacement. This could take up to 15 days. If this happens, you may have to rearrange your test.
Theory Test Price
There are many sites that offer to book the test on your behalf for an additional fee. Some of these will offer you practice facilities but I recommend that you book the test by going direct to the transport section of the direct.gov website or by following the link below.
If you have reading difficulties
You can ask for an English or Welsh voiceover if you have dyslexia or other reading difficulties.
You can also ask to have more time to do the multiple-choice part of the theory test. If you do need more time, you must send proof of your reading difficulty to the theory test booking customer services.
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