How to pass a theory test



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How the Theory Test works.

The theory test is a 50-question multiple-choice test. To pass you must answer 43 or more questions correctly within 57 minutes. Questions are chosen from a bank of over 1,000 questions.

Hazard Perception

Immediately after your theory test, you’ll watch a series of 14 one-minute video clips, each showing potential hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or road users.

Whenever you see hazards developing you must click the left mouse button to acknowledge that you’ve seen the hazard.

You need to look out for: Vehicles coming out of junctions & anything else that might cause you to change your speed or direction. There may be several hazards in each clip.

You should avoid clicking excessively, the national hazard perception test will detect cheating! This part of the theory test requires you to view 14 hazard video clips on the computer screen of approximately one minute each.


Click here for a video with more information about the multiple choice element of the theory test.


Click here to see an example of a Hazard perception clip.


Top 10 tips to help you pass the theory test

  1. Book your theory test

It may sound obvious, but you’ll need to book your theory test at one of the 160 test centres nationwide. Visit the official government site to find your nearest centre and book your test.

Make sure you have your provisional licence and a credit or debit card to hand, because it’ll cost £23.

2.  Hit the books

During the theory test you’ll be given 50 multiple choice questions from a bank of more than 1000 and you’ll need to get at least 43 correct to pass.

The good news is that the DVSA (Driving Standards Agency) has produced a theory test handbook which is packed full of useful tips and example questions. Make sure you get your hands on a copy and take some time to revise.


3. Brush up on your hazard spotting

Once you’ve made it through the multiple-choice questions you’ll move on to the hazard perception test. It’s made up of a series of video clips featuring a variety of driving hazards.

You should complete at least 20 hours of revision to make sure you are fully prepared for your theory test.


4. Put in the hours

Yep, when it comes to revising there’s just no substitute for putting the hours in. Your theory test questions will be picked at random, so you need to be confident answering ANY of the questions in the DSA Theory Test Handbook – that’s around 1000 possible questions!

And don’t forget to practise your hazard perception. You need to get a minimum of 43 out of 50 on the multiple choice and 44 out of 75 on the hazard perception test to pass.

Practise answering under pressure by asking friends and family to quiz you, bearing in mind that in the real test you’ll have 57 minutes to answer the 50 questions.


5. Take a mock test

Think you’re ready for your theory test? Head over to the government-run: Safe Driving for Life              website and try their mock tests – though they only offer the multiple choice part.

If your mock test doesn’t go quite as well as you hoped, you can reschedule your theory test up to 3 days before your test date. If you’re not feeling confident of a pass, it’s best to take a rain check and squeeze in some extra revision!


On the day:

Top tip: You need to be at the test centre 30 minutes before the start of your test.


6.Leave plenty of time

Chances are you’ve not been to the theory test centre before, so leave plenty of time to get there and minimise stress on the day.


7. Don\’t forget your provisional licence photocard

You must have your photocard driving licence on the day of your theory test. If you forget it, you won’t be able to sit your test and you’ll still have to pay the test fee.


8. Use the practice time

You get 15 minutes before your test to get used to the touch screen and the layout of the questions. Take your time and if something doesn’t look like it’s working properly, raise it before your test starts.


9. Flag tricky questions

In the test you’ll have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple choice questions. Stuck on a tricky one? Not to worry. Hit the flag button and it’ll mark the question as unanswered, so you can easily go back to it before the end of the test.


10. Take a breather

You get a 3 minute break between the first and second part of your test. You’re halfway there (YES!) so take a breather, have a quick stretch at the desk and focus on the next part of the test – hazard perception.