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Driving Theory & Hazard Perception Tests

The purpose of the theory test is to check the driver’s attitude, road sense and understanding of traffic signs and regulations. In addition to this your knowledge of the effects of alcohol, drugs and fatigue on driver behaviour, safety and environmental aspects of vehicles will also be tested.
You must also make sure that you sit your practical test within two years from the date you passed the theory test, otherwise you will be required to resit your theory test.

There are 2 parts to the theory test :

1.  Multiple Choice Test

The theory test is a computer based test which can be taken at various test centres around the country.

This section is designed to test your understanding of the theory behind driving.

You have 57 minutes to complete the test. There is a 15-minute practice session you can work through before starting the test.

There are 50 randomly selected, multiple choice questions and you need to get at least 43 correct to pass.

The cost of the theory test is currently £23.

2. Hazard Perception Test

This forms a second section of the theory test and must be passed at the same time.

There are 14 videos, each about a minute long.

This section is designed to test your awareness of potential hazards whilst driving.

The videos feature various types of hazard, such as road conditions, vehicles and pedestrians.

The earlier you spot a hazard developing that may require the driver to take some action, the higher the score. Beware of clicking too much, as the computer software senses this and assumes you are trying to cheat the system. The result will be considered as zero for the video in question and will negatively affect your overall mark.

There are 15 scoreable hazards in the tests and candidates can score up to 5 points on each hazard.

The pass mark is 44 out of 75.


  As of April 2012 the Driving Standards Agency is no longer publishing sample theory test questions but have produced a new book - a test guide. The Official DSA Theory Test Guide is new for 2012 and prepares learners for the latest theory test changes with questions no longer being published. Essential reading for all learner drivers and instructors.

For pupils requiring help with the theory and hazard perception tests, I am always happy to help
 and can provide a laptop
 in order to review your performance.

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