Driver Theory Test

Driver Theory Test

The Theory Test can be taken once you have your Provisional Driving Licence.
There is no need to wait until you start lessons!

What is the Driver Theory Test

The DVSA theory test consists of two sections: a multiple-choice section and a hazard perception test. You’ll need to be successful in both if you want to pass overall.

Our Driving Instructors can if requested help you with your theory study, although theory tuition is actually provided in every in-vehicle driving lesson that you take which helps to ensure you have the adequate knowledge to pass. You do however need to do some personal study which can be online, here are some external links that we recommend

Theory Test Practice

Multiple-choice questions

You have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions.

Before the test starts you’ll get:

  • instructions on how the test works
  • the chance to do some practice questions to get used to the screens

How the test works

A question and several possible answers appear on a screen. You have to select the right answer.

Three of the questions are about a short video. It will show a normal driving situation, such as:

  • driving through a town centre
  • driving on a country road

The video is silent. You can watch it as many times as you like during the test.

Other books are available to support learning on Amazon for example. A couple of good books to have which will support your practical lessons are ‘The Official DVSA Guide to Driving – The Essential Skills, and ‘Learn to Drive in 10 Easy Steps

Hazard Perception Test

Before you start the hazard perception test, you’ll be shown a video about how it works.

You’ll then watch 14 video clips. The clips:

  • feature everyday road scenes
  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards

You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.

What is a Developing Hazard

A developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.

A car is parked at the side of the road and is not doing anything. It would not cause you to take action, so it’s not a developing hazard.

When you get closer, the car’s right-hand indicator starts to flash and it starts to move away. You’d need to slow down, so it’s now a developing hazard.

How the scoring works

You can score up to 5 points for each developing hazard.

To get a high score, click the mouse as soon as you see the hazard starting to develop.

You do not lose points if you click and get it wrong. However, you will not score anything if you click continuously or in a pattern.

You only get one attempt at each clip. You cannot review or change your responses.

How do you book your Driving Theory Test?

Booking is made online apply today –

It does not matter when this is done providing you have your provisional driving licence.

 Make sure that you’ve got the following information to hand:

  • Your provisional driving licence number
  • Debit or credit card details to pay for the test

If you have any special needs, the DVSA can arrange more time for the multiple-choice questions or other reasonable adjustments. You’ll have to mention what your needs are during the driving theory test online booking and you’ll need to give the DVSA proof.

How much does the driving theory test cost?

The UK car and motorcycle tests in the UK cost £23. You’ll also need to own a provisional licence to book the theory test, which costs £34 to apply online. You can also apply by post by filling in a D1 form in your local post office, which will cost £43.

Where can you take your driving theory test?

There are driving theory test centres all across the UK. Find your nearest test centre here.

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