How to Pass Theory Test
Before you can take your practical driving test, you need to pass your theory test. It’s a really important part of learning to drive: when you get to your practical test, you’ll need to show that you can use what you learn for this test when you’re driving on the road.
The car theory test costs £25 Visit GOV.UK to find out more about the theory test.
It’s vital to prepare for your theory test: there’s a lot to learn about the rules of the road. The better prepared you are, the more likely you are to pass first time, which will save you the time and money that retaking the test will cost.
There are two parts to the test
- the multiple choice part
- the hazard perception part.
The questions in the multiple choice test are taken from three books
- The Official Highway Code
- The Official DVSA Guide to Driving – the essential skills
- Know Your Traffic Signs.
You’ll need to use all of these when you’re preparing. There are lots of products available that contain practice questions, but it’s really important you don’t just learn the answers without understanding fully why it’s correct because the questions on the actual test aren’t exactly the same as the practice ones.
Using official publications will help you get the most out of your preparations. You can find these on our online shop.
To help you get used to how the multiple choice test looks on-screen, you can practice doing the test online.
The multiple choice test covers the following topics
- safety and your vehicle
- safety margins
- hazard awareness
- vulnerable road users
- other types of vehicle
- road conditions and vehicle handling
- motorway driving
- rules of the road
- road and traffic signs
- essential documents
- incidents, accidents and emergencies
- vehicle loading.
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Preparing for the hazard perception test
This part of the test checks you can recognise and respond to hazards that could happen while you’re driving. Being out on the road with your instructor will help you prepare for this part. There’s also The Official DVSA Guide to Hazard Perception, an interactive DVD-ROM that will help you learn to recognise hazards, know what to do when you see a hazard and practice for the test.
In the test you’ll see 14 film clips, each shown from a driver’s point of view. You’ll need to spot the developing hazard in each film: this is something that might need you, as the driver, to take some action such as changing speed or direction.
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The multiple choice test
Before you start the multiple choice test, you can have a 15-minute practice session if you want to get used to the format of the test.
In the test there are 50 questions: you’ll need to get at least 43 correct to pass. You’ll have 57 minutes for this part of the test.
The multiple choice questions appear on-screen and you’ll use the mouse to choose the correct answer. For some questions you’ll need to select more than one answer – there’ll be a message if you don’t choose enough answers. There are also case study questions: these will show you a short ‘story’ and you’ll need to answer five questions about it.
If you aren’t sure about any of the questions, you can ‘flag’ them and come back to them later.
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