How to pass your driving theory test
Your theory is the first test you need to pass on your way to becoming a fully qualified driver. Nobody likes sitting tests or exams at the best of times, especially when they cost £23 a pop! Here’s everything you need to know to help you pass your theory.
Why do I need to take a theory test?
Passing your theory test is an important part of learning to drive. It prepares you for your practical test and hitting the road solo by reinforcing your knowledge of the road traffic and safety laws, as well as road signs!
What’s in the test?
The theory test is split into two sections:
- Multiple Choice – 57 minutes, 50 questions, you need 43/50 to pass. This section is fairly straightforward in that you need to select at least one multiple choice answer. Currently there are several questions which involve reading a real-life case study. From 14 April 2020 these will be replaced by a short silent video clip. You can watch the video clip as many times as you like in order to answer the questions on the opposite side of the screen.
- Hazard Perception – 14 x 1 minute videos, you need 44/75 points to pass. This is the interactive section of the test. Each clip will feature at least one developing hazard that you’ll need to spot by clicking your mouse. Each hazard carries a maximum of five points; you’ll gain more points if you spot them early! One clip will feature two developing hazards so pay attention!
How can I prepare for my theory test?
It’s important to make sure you revise for your test – after all there is a lot to learn when it comes to the rules of the road! Make sure you follow these tips:
- Brush up on your highway code – this essential reading will cover the basics
- Make sure you know your traffic signs – these will form a significant chunk of tour test
- Do plenty of mock tests – this will help you get used to the format.
- Practice your hazard perception – there are plenty of apps and resources online
- Hit the road! – It’s sometimes easier to remember rules and spot hazards in action, than on a screen.
What do I need to bring?
You should arrive at the test centre 30 minutes before the start of your test and remember to bring your photocard provisional driving licence. You won’t be able to sit the test without it!
- Read each multiple choice question twice! You get just over a minute per question so make sure you take the time to read each one carefully to avoid mistakes.
- If you’re not sure of an answer, flag it for later and move on. You can always come back to it at the end of the test when you have some time.
- Remember your theory pass certificate expires after two years so don’t wait too long before booking your practical test – the waiting list could be several months long!