The Theory Test

The theory test for car drivers & motorcyclists was introduced by the DSA in July 1996.

It is designed to to improve the safety of newly qualified drivers & riders by making them think carefully about the right attitudes needed to drive safely on today’s busy roads & reduce the risk of accidents.

You take your theory test on a computer at one of the local Driving Standard Agency centres in your area. You will have to answer 35 multiple choice questions and have to gain a minimum of 30 out of the 35 questions to pass. The test is available in a variety of languages other than English. Their is also the option of using British sign language for those candidates who are deaf.

In November 2002 the theory test was changed, in addition to answering 35 multiple choice questions you are also tested for hazard awareness perception skills. You will sit this part of the test on completion of your theory test. You will need to pass both elements at the same sitting to pass your theory test. The current cost for the theory test and hazard perception is £31.00.

On completion of the theory test you will then have a break of three minutes before starting the hazard perception test.

On completing the theory test you will have a break of up to three minutes before the start of your hazard perception test. Firstly you will be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception test works. You will then be shown a series of 14 video clips which feature everyday road sense. In each clip their will be at least one developing hazard.

To achieve a high score you must respond in the early stages of the hazard developing by clicking the mouse button.

The pass mark for the hazard perception test is 44 out of a possible 75. Once you have completed the test you may leave the examination room. On leaving the room you cannot enter again. Once you have passed the theory test & hazard perception you can then apply for your practical driving test. Please speak with your instructor before booking any test.

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