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 the theory test. Once you have passed the theory test you can then apply to take your practical driving test.

Taking your theory test, 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 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.

The questions in each multiple choice test vary according to the category of vehicle you're hoping to obtain a licence for e.g. 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.

Lorry and bus multiple choice and hazard perception tests are booked and taken separately.

Part one - Multiple Choice


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. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

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

Some car and motorcycle multiple choice questions will be given as a case study. The case study will show a scenario that five questions will be based on. The subject of the scenario focuses on real life examples and experiences that drivers could come across when driving.

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.
 
Multiple choice test types

Category                             Time allowed      Pass mark
Car and Motorcycle             57 minutes      43 out of 50

Part two - Hazard Perception


After the break you will then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception test works.

The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You'll be presented with 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 car/motorcycle 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.


Hazard perception test details


Category                     Video clips     Developing hazards      Pass mark
Car and motorcycle   14 clips                        15                        44 out of 75
                                        
At the end of the hazard perception part of the theory test you'll be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions.

New links to book your theory and practical driving tests

The online booking system for theory and practical driving tests has been relaunched bannered as Directgov.

 

New friendly links are available:

 

You can find out more about the theory and practical tests by visiting the Driving Standards Agency’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/dsagov and watching ‘Are you ready?: a guide for learners’.