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. Or you can use the Take the theory test page on this website.
What is the Theory Test
The theory test is a computer based exam testing your knowledge of the highway code and the correct driving produces you must know how to drive safely.
It is split into two parts, a multiple-choice test consisting of 50 questions and a Hazard Perception Test. You have 57 minutes to answer the 50 multiple-choice questions before the Hazard Perception Test begins.
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 the 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 horse riders ahead of you on a country lane.
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!
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