What is the Theory Test?

The theory test is a computer based exam testing your knowledge of the highway code and the correct driving procedures you must know to drive safely.

It is split into two parts, a multiple-choice test consisting of 50 questions and a Hazard Perception Test. 

You can go back and review your answers to the questions whenever you like during the 57 minutes you have available.

To pass the test, you must answer 43 out of 50 questions correctly and score 44 out of 75 for the Hazard Perception Test. If you score less than the required pass mark in either part of the exam then you have to take both parts again.

You will be informed as soon as you finish the test whether or not you were successful.

What is the Hazard Perception Test?

The Hazard Perception Test is made up of 14 video clips each containing something called a developing hazard, and one video clip contains two. A developing hazard is a situation on the road that could be potentially dangerous if you do not spot it quickly enough! An example of this might be someone reversing out of their drive or horseriders ahead of you on a country lane.

The sooner you spot the developing hazards the higher your score will be for that clip, up to a maximum of 5 points, with 10 being awarded for the clip containing two developing hazards.

As soon as you spot a developing hazard all you need to do is click the mouse button! Try not to click too much or randomly though, as there is an in-built "cheat" mechanism and if the system thinks you are cheating you will score nothing for that clip.

There is a short tutorial at the beginning of the test explaining exactly what is required of you. Note that you cannot go back and alter your mouse clicks once you have seen the video clips!

How do I study for the Theory Test?

There are many books and computer software available that can help you prepare for the theory test. One item you will certainly need is the Highway Code and you will be expected to know everything contained within it.

You can also purchase computer software to help you study. A great piece of software called Driving Test Theory Success can be found in most large shops such as WHSmiths, Game and Woolworths. It costs around 10 for the software which contains every question you could be asked and also has some Hazard Perception Tests you can practise with.

There are also websites that have online tests that you can practise with. A good site to start with can be found at www.2pass.co.uk and there are two sample tests at the Driving Standards Agency - www.dsa.gov.uk

When should I take the Theory Test?

You do not need to have started driving to take the test. Take time to study and memorise everything you need before considering booking. If you can, purchase a Theory Test CD-ROM and test yourself using that as an aid. Alternatively, there are websites available on the internet that have on-line theory testing. Some are free, some are not! When you consistently score over 43 out of 50 for the multiple-choice questions then you are ready!

How do I book the Theory Test and how much is it?

You can book your test by either calling the Driving Standards Agency Booking Service on 0300 200 1122 or visit their website at www.dsa.gov.uk.

The current fee for the Theory Test is 30.00.