Before you can take or even book your practical driving test, you must first pass the UK driving theory test. It can be challenging if you’re not prepared, but it you know what to except and revise thoroughly beforehand, it’s a breeze.
What is the UK driving theory test?
The UK driving theory test is a two-part exam with a multiple choice section and a video-based hazard perception section. You need to pass both parts together in order to be able to sit the practical test.
The multiple choice part of the test begins with instructions on how it works, after which you can choose to do a practise session or proceed directly to the real test. The test itself features 50 multiple choice questions which must be answered within 57 minutes. The pass mark for cars and motorcycles is 43 out of 50.
After you’ve completed the multiple choice part, you’ll move onto the hazard perception test. This shows a series of clips of everyday road scenes, some with one developing hazard in them and some with two. Learner drivers must click a mouse when they spot a developing hazard. They are then graded on the speed of their response.
The hazard perception part of the test contains 14 clips with a total of 15 hazards for cars and motorcycles. Learners must score 44 out of 75 to pass.
If a learner achieves a pass in both sections, they are awarded their pass certificate. This enables them to book the practical test at any time during the next two years, after which it expires.
How to book the UK driving theory test
The cheapest and easiest way to book your theory test is directly through the DSA’s website. There are other sites which allow you to book the test, many of which look suspiciously like the DSA’s. However, they’ll charge you extra and offer services like pass protection, which the DSA would never offer.
If the web address of the site you’re on doesn’t have .gov.uk in it, then you’re in the wrong place.
Once you’re on www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/LearnerAndNewDrivers/TheoryTest/index.htm then all you have to do is click the ‘book your driving theory test’ link, pick a date and pay your £31. It’s that simple.
How to pass the UK driving theory test first time
Although the DSA no longer publish the list of questions used in the UK driving theory test, you can still brush up on your Highway Code. To learn everything you need for the theory test, you should also invest in a decent training book or DVD. The DSA make an official guide, which is well worth a look.
Ask for help
Ask friends, family and your driving instructor to randomly quiz you on the rules of the road. Use flashcards to learn all of the road signs.
Don’t book it too early
Wait until you are 100% confident before you take the UK driving theory test. You’ve waited over 17 years to learn to drive, what’s another week or two?
Don’t forget your paperwork
If you show up to your theory test without your signed photo-card licence and the paper counterpart, your test will be cancelled.
Give yourself checking time
Try and leave yourself a few minutes at the end of your theory test to double check your answers.