Introduction to the UK Theory Test
The theory test consists of 2 parts, multiple choice and hazard perception. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other you’ll fail the whole test, and you’ll need to take both parts again.
At the start of the test you will have clear instructions and the option of a practice session. There will be 50 questions, where there are multiple answers. All you need to do is select the correct answer or answers. You will need to score a minimum of 43 out of 50 to pass this part of the test. If you fail you will not be able to continue to the next part of the test.
Tip: Read the question at least twice then breakdown what the question is asking you to do. Don’t spend a lot of time getting stuck on one question flag it and move on – you can return to it at the end of the test if there is time.
You will be shown 14 video clips, where you have to identify the hazards in each clip. There is at least 1 hazard in each clip. You will need to score a minimum of 44 out of 75 to pass this part of the test.
Tip: Don’t click the mouse button continuously during the video clips. The system is designed to recognise this behaviour as suspicious which will result in you receiving zero marks for that clip.
You can buy theory test apps, books and/or interactive CD-ROMs, all of which will help you prepare for your theory test. These are available online or in high street book shops like WHSmiths and Waterstones.
The ONLY OFFICIAL Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) (iPhone) app for the Car Theory and Hazard Perception test. Written by DVSA – the people who set the tests. Download it here.
The Official DVSA Theory Test for Car Drivers DVD-ROM and the revised 2014/15 edition of The Official DVSA Guide to Hazard Perception DVD-ROM. Get your copy here.
We recommend booking a date to take your theory test as soon as possible. It makes it easier to set aside study time when your working towards a deadline. If you are worried about failing remember you can always rearrange the test date for free, as long as you provide the DVSA with 3 working days notice. Get in as much practice as you can and make sure you let your instructor know when you have booked it, that way they can help you prepare.
We also offer theory test training to all our learner drivers. You can use our office facilities to simulate the test environment and get detailed feedback and training from your instructor. Interested? Find out more about our prices.
Tip: When being a passenger start paying special attention road signs and markings. You can apply what you have been learning on your lessons, your driving instructor will be happy to test your knowledge on-the-go and correct any mis-understandings you might have.
Coming Soon …
The Best Driver Training Website is always being developed and extended. In the near future we will be providing all our learner drivers with some useful extra online training material.