UK Driving Theory Test: What You Need To Know

Learning how to drive and owning a car in the UK is more of like a necessity rather than a luxury. Although public transport is available in the form of buses, trams, and cabs, you take them on their own schedule and pick-up/drop off points. They have transport order in the UK compared to the Philippines. Anyway, I am not here to showcase the public transportation of the Philippines. I love the Philippines and everything composing it. Despite the unorganized, undisciplined road users in the Philippines, I love it! It is one of the reasons which define the Philippines. (lol)

Unlike the Philippines, the UK is very strict when it comes to issuing driving licenses to its public. It is of great import that you take the processes in securing your driving license according to the rules and regulations set by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

I hope that this blog article gives you ideas you need to secure a driving

Who needs to take the theory test?

If you are a learner driver you must take and pass your theory test before you book your practical test. However, if you already have a full driving license you may not have to take another theory test if you want to start driving a different vehicle.

Documents to bring to the test

If you are a GB driving license holder you must bring the following:

  1. Your valid signed GB photocard license showing your provisional entitlement, and
  2. A printed summary (dated within a week of your test date) of your driving license record from .

If your GB photocard license does not show your provisional entitlement, you must obtain written confirmation from the DVLA of your provisional entitlement.

Your test will be canceled and you won’t get your money back if you don’t take the right things with you.

Delivery of the test

Your responses to the multiple choice and hazard perception parts of the test are recorded through the use of a computer mouse button.

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

When you take the theory test, you will be asked some specific questions about the particular category of test being taken (motorcycles or cars), as well as questions that apply to all road users.

A. Part one – multiple choice

The multiple-choice questions in the theory test are based on 3 books:

  • The Highway Code
  • Know your traffic signs
  • Driving – the essential skills

Take a practice theory test to check how much you’ve learned.

You have 57 minutes to answer 50 multiple-choice questions.

Before the test starts you’ll get:

  • instructions on how the test works
  • the chance to do some practice questions to get used to the screens

A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the right answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer.

Car drivers and motorcyclists will be asked 50 questions and the pass mark is 43 out of 50. You will have just under an hour to answer the questions. If you have reading problems, you can apply for additional time and have just less than two hours to answer the questions.

Some of the multiple choice questions will be presented to you in the form of a case study. A case study shows a scenario in which five questions will be based. The subject of the scenario will focus on real-life examples and experiences that you might meet when driving.

B. Part two – hazard perception

Before you start the hazard perception test, you’ll be shown a video about how it works.

You’ll then watch 14 video clips. The clips:

  • feature every day road scenes
  • contain at least one ‘developing hazard’ – but one of the clips features 2 developing hazards

You get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen. You’ll be shown a short tutorial clip about how the hazard perception part works.

What a ‘developing hazard’ is

A developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.

The pass mark for the car and motorcycle hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.

At the end of the test

At the end of the hazard perception part of the test, you’ll be invited to answer survey questions to measure customer satisfaction and to consider what improvements can be made.

You don’t have to answer the questions if you do not want to and any information given is anonymous and confidential. The survey questions don’t affect the result of the test.

When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you won’t be allowed to enter it again. You will be given your result and feedback information within 10 minutes of finishing the test.

After passing the test(s)

Car and motorcycle drivers will receive a pass certificate. You will need this to book and take your practical test, so it is important that you keep this safe.

Two-year rule

Theory test certificates are valid for two years from the date you passed. If you do not pass your practical test within this two year period, you will have to take another theory test.

There are no exceptions to this rule.

If you fail the test

If you fail your theory test you should look at the feedback given in the letter and identify why you failed.

You can book another theory test straight away but you cannot take the test for another three clear working days. So, if you failed your first test on Monday afternoon, you will have to wait until Friday morning before you can take your next one.

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