Theory Test

The theory test is made up of 2 parts. A multiple choice test and a hazard perception test. Both parts must be passed in order to obtain a theory pass certificate. You cannot go on to book your practical driving test until the theory test is passed. Once you have passed, you have 2 years from the date you passed the first part of your theory test to take a driving test or you will have to pass both parts of the theory test once again before booking a practical test.

Part 1

The multiple choice test is performed on a computer system. The test has 50 multiple choice questions and you must answer at least 43 of them correctly to pass. Remember you can flag questions you want to come back to later, do not rush you have 57 minutes, and that is a long time. You can go back to any question to review and change your answer at any point.

Before the test starts you’ll get:

  • instructions on how the test works
  • the chance to do some practice questions to get used to the screen

Part 2

The hazard perception test is made up of 14 video clips filmed from the perspective of a car driver. The candidate will have to indicate when they observe a developing hazard by clicking a mouse button or touching the screen. One of the clips will contain two developing hazards. Over clicking on the screen can result in failure of the test. There are 75 points available on the test, you have to achieve 44 or more to pass. 

The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes
  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ - but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards

You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.

Practical Test

The (DVSA) changed the practical car test on the 4th December 2017, although a lot of the test remains the same, there have been some new additions. The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

The practical car test is taken on the road, with a professionally trained DVSA examiner directing you around a pre-determined route.

The examiner marks you for driving faults, serious faults and dangerous faults. You will fail the test if you accumulate any serious or dangerous faults, or more than 15 driving faults. If you accumulate several driving faults in the same category, the examiner may consider the fault habitual and mark a serious fault in that category. The independent driving part of the test will increase from 10 - 20 minutes around half of the test time.The test usually lasts around 40 minutes in a standard test, or approximately 70 minutes when the candidate is taking an extended test after having their licence revoked.  During the independent driving part of the test, most candidates will now be asked to follow directions from a sat nav. One in 5 driving tests won’t use a sat nav. You’ll need to follow traffic signs instead.

Reversing manoeuvres have also been changed, You’ll be asked to do one of 3 possible reversing manoeuvres.

  • parallel park at the side of the road
  • park in a bay - either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out (the examiner will tell you which you have to do)

  • pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic

You will also be asked one Show me, and one tell me question from a selection of 19 questions, failure to answer the questions correctly will be marked as a fault. 

You’ll be asked the:

  • ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
  • ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving - for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.

I will help all of my students, with hints, tips and advice to help you pass your theory test, from apps on your phone, handout sheets and of course during your practical lesson. If you have not passed the theory part before hand, during the practical lessons the theory part of your test will then start to make more sense. 

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