Theory Test

Although you may already be taking lessons or even be ready to take your practical test, you cannot apply for your practical test until you have passed the theory test.

Remember you can practice both the Theory and Hazard Perception free of charge with Learn to Drive Safely.

The theory test is made up of two parts; a multiple choice questionnaire and a hazard perception video test. You will need to pass both parts to get your certificate.

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Only once you have passed this can you apply to take your practical driving test.

Multiple Choice

The actual theory test questions are no longer published which means that those found in revision materials of any kind will give you an idea of the questions and answers to expect but will NOT be exactly the same as those you will face during the test itself.

The pass mark for this section is 43 out of 50 multiple choice questions.

This change was introduced to ensure you gain a better understanding of driving theory rather than simply memorising questions and answers.

Hazard perception

Before you start the hazard perception part of the test, you’ll be shown a short video clip about how it works before being shown a series of video clips on a computer screen.

When taking the official theory test, 13 clips feature everyday road scenes and contain at least one developing hazard with a maximum score on each clip of 5 points – but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards with a maximum score of 10 points. The pass mark on the hazard perception section is 44 out of 75.

There may well be other hazards in the clip beyond the one or two that are scored. Although identifying these will not score any additional points, clicking when you see them will better prepare you for the real hazard perception test. Clicking too often or in a repetitive manor or style may result in disqualification on that clip and zero points, as would clicking after the hazard has developed.

A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction and what you need to do is identify these as early as possible to get as high a score as possible.

Below is one of the new official computer generated clips

Read more about the theory test.

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