How to pass your theory test

The theory test is in two parts - multiple choice part & hazard perception part. Multiple Choice £26 and Hazard Perception £11.

You can take either of the tests first but you’ll need to pass both before you can start training.

The two parts can be taken at different times but both parts must be passed within 24 months to obtain a valid theory test pass.

When you’ve nearly finished learning, arrange DVSA tests by calling 0300 200 1122 before noon or visiting the DVSA website:  https://www.gov.uk/book-a-driving-theory-test    

DVSA appointments are usually booking about 10-15 days ahead, so when you have arranged your appointment you will still have time to practise and revise before taking your tests.

Part One Multiple Choice

DVSA On-Line Theory TestThere is a question bank of around 900 questions to learn.  Most people need approximately 15 to 10 hours study time to prepare for the test.

When you arrive at the test centre  (which may be the same centre where you sat your car theory test) you will be asked to put your phone and valuables in a locker.  Before starting the test you will receive instructions on what to do on the test and you will have a practice session to see how the questions are laid out and how to use the touch screen computer.

When the test begins a question and several possible answers will appear on screen. You select one correct answer by touching the screen or using the mouse.

On the test will be asked 100 questions in 120 minutes. You can move between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test. The pass mark is 85 out of 100.

 

Part Two Hazard Perception

First you will be shown a short tutorial video on how the test will work.  Then you will be presented with 19 computer generated images (like film clips) that are approximately 2 minutes long which feature everyday road scenes.

Each clip has one developing hazard but one of the clips shows two developing hazards.

To get a high score in the test you need to respond to the developing hazards early.

The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.  If you score mainly 5’s and 4’s you are seeing the developing hazards in good time and you will pass your test first time.

You can’t review your Hazard Perception answers because, just like when you are driving on the road, you'll only have one chance to react.  This test lasts 40 minutes and the pass mark is 67 out of 100.

When you have finished your test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you will not be allowed to enter it again.

 

After passing the theory tests 

You will receive a letter (for each test) with your results.  Please e-mail us a copy (or take a photo with your phone and send by WhatsApp)  

When you have passed both parts, you’ll receive by post your theory test certificate showing your pass certificate number.

Your theory test certificate is valid for two years from the date you passed the first part of the test, either the hazard perception or the multiple choice test.  If you don’t take your practical test within two years of passing the first element, you will have to retake the relevant part again.

 

If you fail your results letter will give you feedback on your test topic areas where you've answered questions incorrectly and on hazard perception where you have scored mainly zero’s, one’s and two’s so you can see where you have reacted too slowly to the hazard that is developing on screen

You can re-book tests straight away, just on part you failed, you won't have to re-sit the part you have passed. 

Although the appointment can be arranged within a matter of hours, the test itself cannot be taken for another three full working days.  So if you failed your first test on Monday afternoon, the earliest you could re-sit it would be Friday morning.

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