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The Theory Test

The Driving Theory Test is made up of two parts, a multiple choice section and a hazard perception section. To pass the theory test as a whole, you need to pass both the multiple choice and the hazard perception at the same attempt. As a learner driver you must pass the theory test before we can book a practical driving test.

The multiple choice section consists of 50 multiple choice questions and lasts for about an hour. A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen and you have to select the correct answer, using the touch screen system. Some questions may need you to select more than one option. You will need to answer at least 43 questions correctly to pass.

The touch screen system is easy to use and clear instructions are given before the test starts. You can choose to do a practice session before the real test starts.

At the end of the Multiple Choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the Hazard Perception part starts.

The Hazard Perception test consists of 14 video clips that feature every day road scenes. Each clip contains at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will contain two developing hazards. A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing your speed or direction.

As soon as you see a hazard developing, you should respond by pressing the mouse button. 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 pass the hazard perception section you must score at least 44 out of a possible 75 points.

You will need to pass both the multi-choice and the hazard perception test in order to successfully pass the theory test.

Online Resources

Practice Theory Tests can be taken on the DVSA -Safe Drive for Life website

Below are some usefuly links to help you with your theory test:
Booking your test
Theory test explained

The DVSA also publish iOS and Android apps for both the Theory and Hazard Perception Tests. Click the links below to download them to your phone:

Apple Appstore Badge
Theory Test Touch Screen
Mock Theory Test Screen Example
Mock Theory Test Screen Example
Mock Theory Test Screen Example