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- Do I need to take the Theory Test?
- Theory & Hazard Perception Tests.
- Free Practice Theory Tests.
- Theory Test Books & Dvds
- Find Your Local DirectGov Theory Test Centres.
- Booking the Theory Test.
- Need any special help taking your theory test?
As a learner driver you must take and pass your theory test before you can book your practical driving test.
If you hold a UK licence you will need to take a theory test if you want a licence for a new category of vehicle, such as if you have a car licence and you want a motorcycle licence you will need to take a theory test. If, however, you want to upgrade within a vehicle category you will not normally need to take a theory test, for example, if you have a full automatic car licence and you want a manual car licence you will not have to take a theory test.
Remember it is your responsibility to make sure you have the correct licence for the vehicle you are driving. If you are unsure if you need to take a theory test please contact the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) or the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
The theory test has two parts to it. There is the multiple choice theory questions test, plus a hazard perception test. Both parts of the theory test need to be passed at the same time for you to recieve your theory test pass certificate. You will need to pass the theory test before you can apply for your practical driving test.
The theory test (multiple choice questions).
The multiple choice questions test uses a touch screen computer and before the test starts you'll be given instructions on how the test works.
You have a maximum time of 57 minutes to complete the car and motorcycle multiple choice questions part of the theory test. There are 50 questions and you will need to achieve a score of 43 out of 50 (or above) to pass.
As a driving instructor I often here pupils say that the multiple choice part of the theory test is just common sense. Unfortunatly this is simply wishful thinking, with only some of the 50 questions falling into this catergory. Even these questions are likley to be easier to answer after you have had some driving lessons, as the situations will make more sense after some time spent driving on the road.
So the best advice is to start to study using one of the numerous books or Dvd's available then book the theory test after you have started driving lessons.
Which books, revision cards or Dvds? We have carefully selected a collection of theory test products made available to you in partnership with Amazon.co.uk one of the internets most respected and trusted online retailers and of course our own Facts & Figures Theory Test Revision Cards.
Theory Test tip.
Take your time and read the theory test multiple choice questions carefully. When testing my own pupils I often hear them say oh I didn't mean to put that answer, or that they had read the question wrong. The DSA say that there are no trick questions, but if you do not read the questions carefully you may end up tricking yourself!
Theory Test tip.
It is best to study for your uk theory test using one of the excellent Dvd's and Cd-Roms that are now available, such as the ones below. Regular use of these will greatly improve your chances of passing your theory test 1st time. With the test costing £31.00 you don't want to risk failing do you?
The hazard Perception test.
The hazard perception part is taken directly after the multiple choice questions. You will be shown 14 video clips, with each clip having a least one developing hazard and one clip will have two developing hazards. You score points by cliping the mouse button when you see a developing hazard, with 5 points being the maximum score per developing hazards.
The pass mark is 44 out of 75.
The most common question asked by pupils is when does a hazard change into a developing hazard? You only score points on developing hazards. The best way of explaining this is to imagine a situation you may come across when actually driving. Imagine you are driving along the road and you see a child riding a bike on the pavement. The child is a potential hazard as they may move off the pavement into the road and into your path. The hazard would be considered a developing hazard if the child starts to swerve across the pavement towards the road. This is the point you will need to click the mouse button.
The hazard perception test does require some practice so that you can become used to not only seeing the hazards/developing hazard, but exactly when to click the mouse button. So as with the multiple choice questions you will need to study/practice with the aid of one of the Dvds/Cds available.
See below for our selected books and Dvds etc.
We have included two free practice theory tests for you to test your knowledge. Simply click on the links below.
Need more practice/revision then why not try one of these excellent books or dvds.
New 2013 Theory Test Facts & Figures Revision Cards.
New 2013 UK Theory Test version.
Designed and developed to help learners who want to pass theory test first time. As an DSA Approved Driving Instructor myself I have often noticed that when practising the theory test with my pupils, that one of the main areas they find difficult, is remembering all the facts and figures that can be asked.
This could be a question about the different types of pedestrian crossings, or the reflective coloured studs found on motorways. Not forgetting the really obscure questions such as - the maximum specified fine for driving without insurance, or – road transport accounts for what percentage of all emissions?
You really would struggle to guess this type of question and yes they are actually in the bank of questions used for the test!
This is why the Theory Test Facts & Figures Revision Cards were developed. The cards cover areas such as Distances, lanes & markings, insurance, documents, emergencies, vehicle facts and much, much more.
The facts and figures are set out in a factual easy to remember format, rather than in the question format used on the test. This will enable the learner to use a learned fact to answer a number of different questions asked on the test (there are currently about 1000 different questions in the question bank).
We have concentrated on pure facts and figures rather than trying to cover every possible question or subject, as we feel certain subjects cannot be covered in this format. You should therefore still study all the topics covered in the UK theory test.
This excellent revision aid really will help you remember the key facts and figures, helping you to pass your theory test first time!
You can book your theory test in a number of ways.
Online at Directgov Theory Test.
By phone tel 0300 200 1122
By post, to download the form Click Here.
The cost of the Theory Test is £31.00 (June 2010). Please be careful if booking a test through a site other than the official DSA directgov website as you may be charged extra to do so. The links given here take you directly to the official Driving Standards Agency directgov theory test website.
When booking your theory test you should say if you have any special needs, such as reading or hearing difficulties or if english is not your first language. The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) can then make reasonable adjustments for your test. .
If you have dyslexia or other reading difficulties you can ask for an English or Welsh voiceover. You can also ask to have up to double the normal time for the multiple-choice part of the theory test. If you do need more than the normal time, you must send proof of your reading difficulty to the theory test booking customer services. DSA - theory test enquiries.
If you are deaf or have hearing difficulties you can ask to take the driving theory test in British sign language (BSL). The BSL interpretation will run alongside the standard test questions and answers. If you do not use BSL, an interpreter can be taken into the test centre. This needs to be arranged through the theory test customer services section.
You can ask for a voiceover in one of 21 languages.
This service is only available if: your first language is not English or you cannot read or understand written English.
The voiceover lets you to hear the theory test instructions and questions through headphones. The questions will be read out to you automatically. You can hear the possible answers by clicking on the text on the screen. You can hear the questions as many times as you like - just click on the text of the question again.
The voiceover is available in 21 languages.
•Albanian •Arabic •Bengali •Cantonese •Dari •English •Farsi •Gujarati •Hindi •Kashmiri •Kurdish •Mirpuri •Polish
•Portuguese •Punjabi •Pushto •Spanish •Tamil •Turkish •Urdu •Welsh
End to foreign language driving tests!
Driving test candidates will no longer be able to use foreign language voice overs and interpreters on their test from 7 April 2014.
Other special needs.
If you have a special need that is not met by any of the above, you should contact DSA through the DSA theory test enquiries. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 0300 200 1122 (English language) or 0300 200 1133 (Welsh language)