The Theory Test

The theory section is made from two parts, which must be taken together. To pass successfully, you must pass both parts, which will be explained below:

Part 1: Theory

The theory test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, covering all aspects of the Highway Code. These are answered with a touch-screen computer and mouse. To pass, you must get at least 43 out of 50 correct.

Part 2: Hazard Perception

The hazard perception test consists of 14 video clips, each lasting around a minute. They put you in the position of the driver and present you with various hazards, such as road conditions, other vehicles, pedestrians, or speed-altering obstacles. You respond to these hazards by pressing a mouse button as soon as you see one developing; the easier you spot the developing hazard, the higher you score.

There is one hazard in 13 of the clips, and two in the last, and the videos are shown in a random order. Each hazard carries five points, and to pass, you must score at least 44 out of 75.

You can book your theory test through your driving instructor, an application form from a test centre, or online at Forms must be sent in with a cheque, postal order, or card details. We’ll discuss the best time for you to take your theory test.


The Practical Test

It normally takes 30 to 40 hours of tuition, preferably with plenty of private practice, for a pupil to be ready for the practical test. The secret to pass your practical is to be well-prepared and practice thoroughly. To have the best chance of passing, you should wait until you’re ready--but don’t worry, as I have the experience to be able to tell you when that is.

The driving test will consist of a reversing manoeuvre and an independent 20-minute drive. The independent drive is usually satnav assisted, but one in five candidates will be asked to follow directions from signs instead. When you’re ready to take the practical test, you can book online at, or by calling the DVSA at 03002 001122.

The test is very straightforward, designed to check your knowledge of the Highway Code, how well you remember it during driving, and your ability in different road and traffic conditions.

After meeting your examiner, your next two stages are an eyesight check, which will dictate if you continue past that point, and two questions regarding vehicle safety checks.

During the test, you should drive as your instructor taught you, and be sure not to worry if you end up making a mistake. The mistake may not be as bad as you think, and it may not even affect your result.

Other tasks your examiner will test you on are:
        • Doing a controlled stop, although this doesn’t happen every test.
        • Reading a number plate at 20.5 meters, or 20 meters for plates from 2001 onwards.

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