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The Theory Test Explained

The theory test is made up of two parts: the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test and you cannot apply to take your practical driving test until you have passed the theory test. It is valid for 2 years.

Booking your Theory Test
Cost: £23

Book it Online: www.gov.uk/book-theory-test
Change it Online: www.gov.uk/change-theory-test
Or by Telephone: 0300 200 1122 (8am-6pm)

Special Needs
If you have dyslexia or other special needs you need to mention this when booking your theory test.

Candidates can ask for a voiceover which lets you hear the questions through headphones. The questions and answers can be heard as many times as required. In order to qualify for a voiceover you must send proof of a reading difficulty to the customer services theory test booking service. Proof could be a letter from a teacher, doctor or employer.

If you are deaf or have hearing difficulties you can take the theory test in British Sign Language (BSL).

There are no extra fees for these services.
For further details: Click Here

Documents to take with you
You'll be expected to show your valid photocard driving licence. If you have an old-style licence without a photo you must also take along a valid passport.

Part one - Multiple Choice
Before the test starts you'll be given instructions on how the test works. You can also choose to go through a practice session of the 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 answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer.

You will be asked 50 questions in 57 mins and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.

You can navigate between questions and 'flag' questions that you want to come back to later in the test. After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.

   Click here to have a go at a "Mock Theory Test"   

The theory test is based on the following books
Highway Code Driving theory books
"The Highway Code" (£4.99)
"Know Your Traffic Signs" (£4.99)
"Driving - The Essential Skills" (£14.99)

Here are some Apps to help you

theory test apps
"The Official DVSA Theory Test Kit" (£4.99)
Because this was created by the people who set the test, you're not going to find a more useful app

theory test apps
"Driving Test Success" (£4.99)
Practise every single revision question from the DVSA

theory test apps
"UK Car Driving Theory Test" (£2.99)
Cheaper than the official app and you can challenge your friends for added fun

Part two - Hazard Perception
After the break you'll then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works.

The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You'll be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there'll be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.

To achieve a high score you'll need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.

You won't be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you'll only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.

The pass mark for the hazard perception part is 44 out of 75.

At the end of the Theory Test
At the end of the hazard perception part of the theory test you'll be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions. You don't have to answer the questions if you don't want to, and any information given is anonymous and confidential. The survey questions don't affect the result of the test.

When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you'll not be allowed to enter it again. You'll then be given your result by the test centre staff.

Reading Theory Test Centre

Reaing Theory Test Centre

If you have lost your Theory Test Certificate Number

You will need this when you book or change your practical test

You will need your driving licence number and your date of birth.
It takes about 2 minutes

To find your theory test certificate number
lost theory number in Woodley


Like any exam, the best way to prepare for the theory test is to practice.

1. Grab a copy of The Highway Code (£2.50)
The Highway Code is a great source of information, after all, it is what the Theory Test is based on. It's better to pace your study, rather than cramming at the last minute.

2. Practice makes perfect
There's loads of resources available (Books/Apps/DVDs) to get a proper feel for how the Multiple Choice and Hazard Perception parts of the test work. Doing some practice tests will not only increase your confidence but will highlight the areas you need to go over again!

3. What are the most difficult bits?
The questions that many people find harder to get right are in the annexes at the back of the Highway Code, so read these again and again: Motor vehicle documentation, The road user and the law, Penalties, Vehicle maintenance, Safety & security, First aid.

Good Luck!

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