Driving THEORY TEST
So you have your provisional driving licence and you are ready to go. The first hurdle in your journey is changing that provisional licence to a full licence is the driving theory test.
You can book and take this test even before you start driving lessons, but we do not recommend this. We think doing both at the same time is best.
The test is designed to make sure you have a good knowledge of the highway code, the rules of the roads, hazard awareness, road signs and many more.
To take your practical driving test you will need to pass your driving theory test first.
The test in England is run by the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
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Driving Theory Test Practice
HOW DO I BOOK THE DRIVING THEORY TEST?
You can book your theory test online at https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test
You will needYour provisional licence
- A credit or debit card
- An email address
- A theory test centre in mind
If you cannot book you online you can call the DVLA on 0300 200 1122
After booking your driving theory test you can change it at any time up to 3 working days before for free, after this time you would lose your fee. Currently the driving theory test cost £23.
CAR DRIVING THEORY TEST PRACTICE
Like all tests you will need to practice and study for the test. The DVSA recommends a minimum of 20 hours revision.
There are many ways to study for the official DVSA theory test, we believe for the best theory test revision, you should take a two-prong approach. The first would be to download the official DVSA app, which at just £4.99 is excellent value. The 2nd would be to buy the recommended reading which is:
- Driving- The essential skills.
- The highway code.
- Know your traffic signs.
You can also try our Free driving theory test.
ON THE DAY OF THE DRIVING THEORY TEST
On the day of the test, you will need to bring your photo licence with you.
On the day of the test there are two parts to complete, you must pass both parts of the test to pass.
MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST
The first part is the multiple-choice part. This comprises of 50 multiple choice questions and the pass mark is 43 correct answers. You have 57 minutes to complete your answers, if you are unsure of any of the questions you can come back to them at the end if you have time.
45 of the questions are usually picked completely randomly. The DVSA has a large question bank from which to select your questions. The remaining 5 questions will be related to the vehicle you are taking the test for such as a car, lorry or motor bike.
There is a short practice period before the test starts.
HAZARD PERCEPTION TEST
After the first test there is a short break then the second part starts which is when the hazard perception tests starts.
The purpose of this test is to show your awareness of developing hazards that occur as you drive.
There are fourteen video clips each lasting about one minute. You are expected to spot developing hazards, these are actions that make you change speed or direction. Each clip has one hazard for you to spot except one clip has two hazards.
Each hazard is worth five points, if you spot the hazard late you can still score points but if you spot it too late you will score zero points for that clip. The pass mark is forty-four points out of possible seventy-five points.
You will be given a letter at the test centre straight after your test. This will confirm the scores you achieved and show your result if you passed or failed.
If you pass the test, then your driving theory test will be valid for two years. You must pass your practical driving test in this time if you do not you will need to re- sit the test.
If you fail, you can retake your test after three working days.
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