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The Theory Test

Before you can take a practical driving test you will need to first pass a theory test.

The theory test for a car driver is made up of two parts taken at the same time - multiple choice and hazard perception. You must pass both parts of the test to get a test certificate. The fee for the car theory test is £23.

Theory test passes have dropped by 20% since 2008. In August of that year, the pass rate stood at 70.6% but has now gone on to hit an all-time low of 49.1%.

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Multiple Choice

The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer monitor.

If you pass one part and fail the other you’ll fail the whole test and you’ll need to take both parts again.

When you take the theory test, you’ll be asked some specific questions about the particular category of test being taken - motorcycle, car, Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs) or Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCVs) - as well as questions that apply to all road users.

Before the test starts you’ll be given instructions on how the test works. You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test (drivinglesson.com recommend that you take this practice session); at the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the right answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer.

You will be asked 50 questions and the pass mark is 43 out of 50. You will have 57 minutes to answer the questions. If you have reading problems, you can apply for additional time, and have just less than two hours to answer the questions.

Some of the multiple choice questions will be presented to you in the form of a case study. A case study shows a scenario on which five questions will be based. The subject of the scenario will focus on real life examples and experiences that you might meet when driving.


Hazard perception

The hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.

Before you start the hazard perception part, you’ll be shown a short video clip about how it works.

You’ll then be shown a series of 14 video clips on a computer screen.

The clips feature everyday road scenes and contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ - but one of the clips will feature 2 ‘developing hazards’

A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.

The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score.

The most you can score for each developing hazard is 5 points.

To get a high score you need to respond to the developing hazard as soon as you see it starting.

If you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end. It will tell you that you have scored zero for that particular clip.

You won’t be able to review your answers.

The pass mark for cars and motorcycles is 44 out of 75.

 

At the end of the test

When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you won’t be allowed to enter it again. You will be given your result and feedback information within 10 minutes of finishing the test.

 

Passing the theory test

If you pass your theory test you will receive a pass certificate. You will need this to book and take your practical test, so it is important that you keep this safe.

Your theory test certificate is valid for two years from the date you passed the test. If you do not pass your practical test within this two year period, you will have to take another theory test.

There are no exceptions to this rule.

 

Failing the theory test

If you fail your theory test you should look at the feedback given on the letter and identify why you failed.

If you want to book another theory test you can book a test straight away, but you cannot take the test for another three clear working days. So, if you failed your first test on Monday afternoon, you will have to wait until Friday morning before you can take your next theory test.

 

Booking theory test

You can book a theory test through the official government website: https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test

 

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