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Theory Test

The Theory Test Explained

Taking your theory test The theory test is made up of 2 parts. Part 1 is multiple choice and part 2 is a hazard perception. You must pass both parts to successfully complete the theory test. You cannot apply to take your practical driving test until you have completed your theory test. The multiple choice part is carried out using a touch screen computer and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.

Part one – multiple choice. At the start of your test you’ll be given instructions on how the test works. You can choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. Once the practice session has finished the real test will begin. A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions require multiple answers. You can navigate between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test. After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts. Time allowed is 57 minutes and the passmark is 43 out of 50.

Part two – hazard perception. After a small break you’ll then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works. The hazard perception part is also carried out on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You’ll be shown a series of video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there’ll be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. To achieve a high score you’ll need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. You won’t be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you’ll only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.

Booking Your Theory Test

Book you theory test when you are 100% confident of passing. Let’s face it you may as well give yourself the best possible chance of passing! The current fees (30th March 2009) for car and motorcycle is £31. You can book your test on-line via the Internet , by Phone or by Post.

On-line via the internet. This is the easiest way to book your test. Visit the Theory test booking Web Site. Once on the website you are able to ‘Book a theory test’ , ‘Change a theory test booking’, ‘Cancel a theory test booking’, or ‘Check a theory test booking’. You will not be able to book another theory test on the same day if you sat a theory test today and failed or you had a theory test booked for today but did not attend. During the booking process you will need a provisional driving licence number and your valid credit or debit card.

By Phone. This is the most popular way to book the theory test, using your credit card or debit card. The person who books the test must be the cardholder. If you book by this method you’ll be given the date and time of your test immediately. To book your theory test phone 0300 200 1122 at any time between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Welsh language booking line – 0300 200. 1133 Minicom booking line – 0300 200 1166. Fax booking line – 0300 200 1177.

By Post. Apply for your theory test via application form which you can get from Theory test centres, Driving test centres, Approved Driving Instructors or Download from the DSA website.