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What is the Theory Test?

Taking your theory test

The theory test is made up of a multiple-choice part and a hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. To find out what happens during both parts of the theory test and how the scoring works.

If you pass one part and fail the other you'll fail the whole test, and you'll need to take both parts again.

The questions in the multiple choice test will depend on the category of vehicle you are hoping to get a licence for. For example, a motorcycle theory test will contain questions that don't appear in any other test.

The multiple-choice part

Before the test starts you'll be given instructions on how it works.

You can choose to do a practice session of multiple-choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen - you have to select the correct answer. Some questions may need more than one answer.

You can move between questions and 'flag' questions that you want to come back to later in the test.

Some car and motorcycle questions will be given as a case study. The case study will:

There are 50 multiple choice questions in this part of the theory test and you need to score 43 or more to pass. You are allowed up to 57 minutes to answer the questions.

After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.

The hazard perception part

Before you start the hazard perception part, you'll be shown a short video clip about how it works.

You'll then be shown a series of video clips on a computer screen. The clips:

A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.

How the hazard perception scoring works

The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher you will score. The most you can score for each developing hazard is five points. You will be shown 14 clips with one clip having TWO developing hazards. This makes 15 developing hazards each with 5 marks possible score. The passmark for learner drivers is 44 or more out of 75.

To get a high score you need to:

You won't be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test.

If you click continuously or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end. It will tell you that you have scored zero for that particular clip.

An example of when to respond to a hazard

Think of a parked car on the side of the road. When you first see it, it isn't doing anything - it's just a parked car. If you respond at this point, you wouldn't score any marks, but you wouldn't lose any marks.

When you get closer to the car, you notice that its right-hand indicator starts to flash. This would make you think that the driver of the car is going to move away. The hazard is now developing and a response at this point would score marks. The indicator coming on is a sign that the car has changed from a potential hazard into a developing hazard.

When you get closer to the car, you'll probably see it start to move away from the side of the road. Another response should be made at this point.

At the end of your theory test

At the end of the test you can answer some customer survey questions. You don't have to answer them if you don't want to, and they won't affect the result of the test.

When you have finished the test you can leave the test room - but you won't be able to go back in. You'll then be given your result by the test centre staff.

Free online theory test.

Why not test your knowledge of the highway code and other motoring matters by sitting an online mock theory test. It will give you a good idea of how well you would do in the real test. Its the same number of questions as the real one (50) and you need to score 43 or more to pass.

Please click here to sit the test. (A seperate window will open which you can close to return to our site after you have sat the test.)

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