Theory Test

Learning to drive in the UK includes both a Theory Test and a Practical Driving Test.

As part of the theory test you also need to do a hazard perception test.

You will learn a lot of what you need to know for the theory test on your driving lessons but you will also need to do some home learning using books or cds/dvds or online resources. The DVSA publishes a question bank of approximately 900 official theory test revision questions and you are advised to make sure that any resources you use includes the full official revision question bank. The test involves answering 50 multiple choice questions using a touch screen computer and 5 of these questions are based on a “case study”. The pass mark is 43 out of 50 or 86%.

When taking the theory test you do the questions first and then the hazard perception element. At the end of the questions you are given an opportunity to go back and review your answers.

Hazard Perception

After the questions element of the test the Hazard Perception Test will start. You watch 14 video clips and have to click the mouse when you see a developing hazard. 13 clips have one scoring hazard, and one of the clips has two hazards.

A developing hazard is a hazard which will cause you to change speed or direction. Each hazard has a scoring window from 5 to zero marks.
The pass mark is 44 marks out of 75. You cannot cheat by repetitive clicking as the system will detect this and award zero points for that particular clip.

After the successful completion of the test a certificate will be issued. You will need the certificate and certificate number to book a Practical Driving Test