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The Driving Theory Test

The driving theory test is made up of two parts, known as the multiple choice and hazard perception tests. In order to pass the driving theory test, you must pass both of these parts. Once you have passed the driving theory test, you are free to take your practical driving assessment.

Taking the Test

The multiple choice section of the test is delivered using a touch-screen computer, while the hazard perception section records your responses by registering when you click the mouse. It’s worth remembering that failing either of these sections will cause you to fail the whole test. In the event that you must re-sit the test, you will have to re-sit both parts.


Differences between Tests

The questions that will appear in the multiple choice section of your theory test will vary depending on the category of vehicle you are hoping to obtain a license for. In a motorcycle theory test, for example, some specific questions appear that will not appear on any other test. In the hazard perception section of the test, however, there are no differences in the questions that may appear. Do note, however, that the pass-or-fail boundaries vary between vehicle categories.

The Multiple Choice Section

Before the test begins, you’ll be given instructions on how the test works. Then, you will be given the option of a practice session. This practice session will help you to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session, the real test will begin. A question and several answers will appear onscreen. Simply select the correct answer by touching the screen. Some questions may require you to select more than one answer. Pupils taking theory tests for cars and motorcycles will be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes. To pass, you must answer 43 questions correctly. It’s possible to navigate between questions, and flag questions that you want to return to later in the test. Once the multiple choice section has concluded, you have the option to take a break of up to three minutes before moving on to the hazard perception portion of the test.

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Hazard Perception

After your break, you’ll be shown a short tutorial video that explains how the hazard perception section of the driving theory test works. Then, you will be presented with a series of 14 video clips that feature everyday scenes on the road. In each clip, there will be at least one developing hazard. Note, however, that some clips will feature two developing hazards. To achieve a high score, you’ll need to respond to the developing hazard during the early stages of its development. The maximum score available per hazard is five points. In real life on the road, you’ll only have one chance to respond to developing hazards. That’s why you won’t be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test. The pass mark for the car and motorcycle hazard perception section of the theory test is 44 out of 75.

Concluding the Test

At the end of the hazard perception section of the driving theory test, you’ll be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions. This optional survey is anonymous, confidential, and does not affect the result of your test. When you have finished, you are free to leave the examination room. Then, you will be given your results by the test centre staff.

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