THEORY TEST

The theory test is a computer-based test and consists of two parts: multiple choice and hazard perception. You must pass both sections at the same time.
If you fail one section, you will have to take the whole test again. You must pass the theory test before you are allowed to book your driving test

SPEP I – Book the test:

To be able to book the test you will need the following:
  • Provisional driving licence
  • Payment details: credit or debit card, see our ‘Cost page’ for price details
  • Provide the details of any special needs or requirements see link for details: theory.test@dsa.gsi.gov.uk.
  • Alternatively you can book your theory test online. If you want to book online with no hidden fees use the DSA’s official online booking service; there is no booking fee and your need only pay the standard test fee. Upon booking you will be given a booking number and sent an appointment card as confirmation within 4 days. To do ir use use the link below:www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/LearnerAndNewDrivers/index.htm


SPEP II- Test centre:

Registering for your test – When you arrive at the test centre, you’ll need to register so don’t forget your
  • Both parts of your signed photo card driving licence or; your signed driving licence and your passport.
  • It would also be helpful if you take your appointment card or a note of your booking number.

Your booking letter will also tell you what to take. You’ll then be shown to a booth with a computer that’s ready for your test

  • Multiple Choice Test:

Before you start the actual theory test a short video tutorial will explain how the test should be undertaken. You will also be given the opportunity to complete some practice questions to make sure you are familiar with the computer screens. As you can see from the layout of the theory test computer screens below, you move from one question to the next by touching or clicking on the arrowed buttons at the bottom.
  • The pass mark is 43 out of 50 and the time allowed to complete the test is 57 minutes. Some questions may ask for two or more correct answers from a selection of four.
  • Read every question very carefully. Read every answer very carefully. Don’t skip words, don’t jump to conclusions and don’t assume the question says something it doesn’t.
  • Initially, answer those questions that you can do easily. Flag the ones you are not sure about, and then go back to the flagged questions. Answer all the questions
  • You should have ten minutes or so to spare at the end of the exam. Use this time to re-read your questions and answers – you may spot errors you have made.

Take a three minute break before attempting the next part of the examination. You are allowed this break and you need this time to focus your mind for the next task.

  • The Hazard Perception Test:

Hazard perception test - The hazard perception section of the test will begin automatically after the multiple choice. A tutorial video will show what you need to do. The test itself is made up of 14 minute-long video clips featuring various hazards. You respond by clicking the mouse to avoid the hazards – the faster respond, the higher your score. You’ll see 15 in total, each with a maximum of five marks. For car drivers you’ll need to get 44 questions right out of a possible 75.

The pass mark is 44 out of 75. There are 15 scorable hazards – 13 clips containing one scorable hazard and one clips contains two. You can score up to 5 marks for each hazard depending on how quickly you identify it.
Hazard in anything that could cause a driver to reduce speed, swerve or stop is a hazard. The HPT is only concerned with developing hazards, e.g.biker doing last life saver before moving out to overtake park car.

Click your mouse button as soon as you spot the hazard.
  • To achieve a high score you must press for all hazards you spot AND any time something moves, be it vehicular or pedestrian.
  • You should be OK with several clicks per hazard as long as you don’t click rhythmically. Making several clicks per hazard is important, because even if the first one is “too early”, the others will be noted within the “scoring window”.
  • Don’t overanalyse the clip, just click if you see any hazards and then click again but don’t click rhythmically. Some drivers tend to see the hazard in advance and click before the official “scoring window” opens, thus scoring nothing. That is why we recommend two clicks per hazard.
  • Practise, practise, practise with the DSA Hazard Perception DVD until you are perfect.  You can purchase this disk online from our Britannia Store.

Getting your results – After the test, you go back to the waiting room and we’ll bring your results through. You’ll need to pass both bits of the test in the same session to pass your Theory test. If you pass the Theory, you’ll need to pass the Practical test within two years to get a full driving licence.

Cancelling the test You are required to give a minimum of three clear working days notice of your decision to cancel or postpone your test, otherwise you will lose your test fee.

Arranging a re-test If you fail the test you will have to wait a minimum of three clear working days before you can take the test again.

Other languages supported The test is not only available in English, the following languages are also supported:

Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish, Portuguese,Punjabi, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh.

Through a headset you will be able to listen to the test being read in any of the above languages. In Northern Ireland other language tests are only available in Cantonese, Bengali and Urdu.

Other special requirements The DSA are required to make every effort to ensure that the theory test can be taken by all candidates. However, it is important that you discuss your needs with them when booking the test.

To help candidates with dyslexia or other reading problems a headset can be provided with an English language voice-over. You can also ask for up to double the normal time to complete the test. If you have any queries please ring the number stated earlier and ask for the Special Needs section.

If you cannot read or write in any of the languages provided, you are allowed to bring a translator with you. However, it must be a DSA approved translator.

Foreign licence holders If your driving licence was issued outside of the EEA you will need to check with the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority (telephone 01792 772151) to determine if your licence is valid in the UK.