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Theory Test

If you are a learner driver you must take and pass your theory test before you book your practical test.

How Much Does The Theory Test Cost?

The current fee for the Theory Test is £31

How does the Theory Test work?

The theory test is split into 2 sections:

  1. The multiple choice section
  2. The hazard perception test

You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. Once you’ve passed it you can apply to take your practical driving test.

The Multiple Choice Section

Before the test starts you’ll be given instructions on how it works. You can choose to do a practice session of multiple-choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin. A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen – you have to select the correct answer. Some questions may need more than one answer. You can move between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test.

You will be allowed 57 minutes in which to complete the Multiple Choice Section of the Theory Test. The pass mark for this section is 43/50

Once you have completed this section of the test you are entitled to a 3 minute break before continuing to the Hazard Perception Test

The Hazard Perception Test

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

You will be see 14 video clips containing 15 developing hazards during this part of the Theory Test.

You’ll then be shown a series of video clips on a computer screen that:

  • Feature every day road scenes
  • Contain at least one developing hazard – but one of the clips will feature two 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 five points.

To achieve a high score you need to:

  • Respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development
  • Press the mouse button as soon as you see a hazard developing

If you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end telling you that you’ve scored zero for that particular clip.

Here is an example of when you should respond:

  • Think of a parked car on the side of the road. When you first see it, it isn’t doing anything – it’s just a parked car. If you respond at this point, you wouldn’t score any marks, but you wouldn’t lose any marks. When you get closer to the car, you notice that its right-hand indicator starts to flash. This would make you think that the driver of the car is going to move away. The hazard is now developing and a response at this point would score marks. The indicator coming on is a sign that the car has changed from a potential hazard into a developing hazard. When you get closer to the car, you’ll probably see it start to move away from the side of the road. Another response should be made at this point.

The pass mark for this section is 44/75

What Happens At The End Of The Test?

When you’ve finished the test you can leave the test room but you won’t be able to go back in. You’ll then be given your result by the test centre staff.

Booking Your Theory Test

If you wish to book your Theory Test you can do so online by clicking Here