Theory Test

What is a Theory test?

The theory test is made up of a multiple choice part and a hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass it. Once you have passed the theory test you can then apply to take your practical driving test.

The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.

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

The questions in each multiple choice test vary according to the category of vehicle you're hoping to obtain a licence for eg a motorcycle theory test will contain specific questions that don't appear in any other test.

For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, the items are drawn from the same pool, and each vehicle category takes the same test.  However the pass mark is different for different categories of tests.

theory test - passmarks

Part one - multiple choice

Category

Time allowed  

Passmark

 Car

 57 minutes

 43 out of  50

 

Part two - hazard perception

Category

Video Clips

Developing Hazards

Passmark

 Car

14 Clips

 15

 44 out of 75

For a more detailed breakdown of these tests please use links below

The theory test explained

The hazard perception test (HPT) explained

Preparation

To prepare for the theory test the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) recommend that all candidates study the Highway Code, Know Your Traffic Signs and the relevant book from DSA's Driving Skills series. Regardless of driving experience, candidates should make full use of the available study material to prepare for the multiple choice and hazard perception elements of the theory test

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) offers online samples of driving theory tests for use by car drivers. You may use them to practise with as much as you want. The DSA provides two free online tests each.

Online Car Practice Theory Test one

Online Car Practice Theory Test two

In order to take these practice tests, you must have Adobe Flash 9 installed on your computer. If you do not have Adobe Flash 9, you may decide to download it from the Adobe website.

Booking your Theory test

Link to booking your Theory test online

What to expect on the day

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