The Theory Test

The Theory test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions of which 43 must be answered correctly to achieve a pass.

The standard time given is 57 minutes, however those with special needs are allowed longer.

The theory test is done on a touch screen computer; headsets are available so you can listen to the questions being read in English. The test can be listened to in 15 other languages and there is also a video of the test in British sign language for those with hearing difficulties.

This test must be passed before you can take your practical test. We can help you in this area if required.

The Hazard Perception test consists of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes with at least one developing hazard, one clip will feature two developing hazards. You will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development to achieve a high score. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five. The pass mark for the hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.

Areas the theory test covers are:

  • Accidents
  • Alertness
  • Attitude
  • Documents
  • Hazard awareness
  • Motorway rules
  • Other types of vehicles
  • Road and traffic signs
  • Rules of the road
  • Safety and the vehicle
  • Safety margins
  • Vehicle handling
  • Vehicle loading
  • Vulnerable road users

  • At present the theory test costs £25.00 (prices are set by the DVA).
    This price is subject to change.

    Essential Reading

    Items that may be useful to help you prepare for your theory test...

  • The Official Highway Code.

  • The Official DSA Guide to Driving: the essential skills.

  • Know Your Traffic Signs.

  • Driving Test Success .

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