Driving Theory Test Tips & Tricks

29 March 2017


The driving theory test is an important part of your journey when you're learning to drive. After all, you cannot get your driving license without passing your driving theory test first. Pass ‘N’ Go — provider of driving lessons in Newcastle, Middleborough, Durham and Sunderland have prepared a driving theory test FAQ below.


Booking Your Theory Test

How much does the theory test costs?

A theory test costs £23. This is the case whether you decide to sit the test on a weekday, during the weekend or on a bank holiday. If you have a Safe Road User Award, you can sit an abridged theory test which costs £18.


Can I book more than one theory test?

No. You must rebook your theory test if you have failed the original theory test that you sat. The date which you select for your new test must be at least three working days away from the booking date.

While you can’t book multiple theory tests, you are given the option to change the date of your theory test appointment. This way, you can book an earlier or later date for your theory test and you can also change the test centre where you would like to sit for your test.


Can a theory test be done online?

No. A theory test must be sat at a theory test centre. However, you can take a free mock test of the multiple choice portion of the theory test oline. This consists of 50 questions and will help prepare you for your test.


What theory test do I need to take?

The majority of drivers will be required to sit the standard theory test, priced at £23; the abridged theory test is also available to those who have a Safe Road User Award.

However, you won’t be required to sit a driving theory test if you’re booking a driving test to upgrade a car licence, if you would like to upgrade a motorcycle licence that you’ve held for a minimum of two years or if you’re booking a driving test to upgrade a lorry or bus licence, a taxi driving test or a tractor driving test.


What age can I sit a theory test?

You can take a driving theory test when you're 17 years old.


How long is the theory test waiting list?

According to this report by Book Theory Test Today, the DVSA aims to achieve a target of 95 per cent of driving theory test candidates receiving a theory test appointment no longer than two weeks from their preferred date. 
Theory Test Centres


Where are theory test centres?

There is a huge number of theory test centres dotted across the UK. The easiest way to find your nearest centre is by using GOV.UK’s simple postcode search service.


Are theory test centres open on Saturdays and bank holidays?

Not all theory test centres are open for business on Saturdays or bank holidays. You will be advised whether or not you can sit it on a weekend or bank holiday when you are booking your test.


Sitting a Theory Test


Do the theory test questions change?

Yes, questions do change from one theory test to the next. However, all questions are based on the following three books:

1. The Highway Code by the Department for Transport

2. Know Your Traffic Signs by the Department for Transport

3. The Official DVSA Guide to Driving — The Essential Skills by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency


How do theory tests work?

Each theory test consists of the following:

- A set of 50 multiple-choice questions, some of which will be presented in a case study format
- A hazard perception test consisting of 14 video clips.

In order to pass the test, you must score at least 43 out of 50 for the multiple-choice questions and 44 out of a possible 75 points for the hazard perception test.


How long do theory tests take?

The theory test takes 57 minutes to get through the 50 multiple-choice questions. Additional time can be requested for this part of the test if you have learning difficulties, though proof must be sent to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency in the form of an email or a letter supplied from a doctor, teacher, or independent part who is aware of your learning difficulty.

A three minute break may be taken between the multiple-choice portion of the test and the hazard perception test. There is no time limit for this part of the test as this is based on how long it takes for you to watch all 14 video clips.


Does a theory test include hazard perception?

Yes, all theory tests are made up of a series of multiple-choice questions as well as a hazard perception test. You must pass both parts of the test in order to pass the overall theory test.


Does the theory test include the highway code?

Yes, the questions in the theory tests are based on the following books:

1. The Highway Code by the Department for Transport

2. Know Your Traffic Signs by the Department for Transport

3. The Official DVSA Guide to Driving — The Essential Skills by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency


What are hazard perception tests?

The hazard perception test is a video assessment which tests your effectiveness at spotting hazards on the road through a series of video clips.

Each video clip consists of the following:

- Everyday road scenarios
- A ‘developing hazard’

You earn points if you spot the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.


How does the hazard perception test scoring system work?

Each developing hazard video will allow you to score up to five points - depending on how quickly you can identify the developing hazard.


Once You’ve Passed A Theory Test


Do theory tests expire?

Yes, this lasts for two years from the time that the test is taken. If you fail to pass your driving test within those two years you will be required to take your theory test again.


What is Theory Test Pro?

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK’s driving theory tests, containing every official revision test question that has been licensed by the DVSA as well as complete access to the hazard perception test. When compared to the national average, learners who used Theory Test Pro were twice as likely to pass their theory test. Click here to find out more about Theory Test Pro and how to get started on the system for free.


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