Preparing for your theory test

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The theory test is a 'touchscreen' based test that consists of two parts. The first part is a series of multiple choice questions and the second part is a test of your hazard perception skills.

The multiple choice part consists of 50 multiple choice questions. In the actual test you select your answers by simply touching the screen. You need to touch the box alongside the answer or answers you think are correct. If you change your mind and don't want that answer to be selected, touch it again. You can then choose another answer.
A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer or answers to the question. Some questions may require more than one answer.

There are 50 questions and you have 57 minutes to complete the test. You can navigate between questions and 'flag' questions that you want to come back to later in the test.

The pass mark for the multiple choice part of the theory test is a minimum of 43 out of 50.

The hazard perception part is delivered on a computer and you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes, in each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.

To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five, for an early reaction, descending through 4, 3, 2, 1 and 0 for reactions that are to late or not clicked for at all.
You will not be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test, because just like on the road, you will only have one chance to respond to a developing hazard.

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

Although you have to pass your theory test before you can take your practical test, it's recommended that you start studying for your theory test, but don't actually take it until you have some practical experience of driving.
To prepare for the multiple choice part of the theory test, we strongly recommend that you study the books from which the questions are sourced as well as the questions themselves.

The most useful books are:              

The Highway Code this is essential reading for all drivers. Even if you studied it when you took your car test, it's worth getting an up-to-date copy to ensure that you have the most recent advice on road safety and the laws which apply to all road users.

The Official Theory Test for Car Drivers - contain all the questions in the multiple choice part of the theory test, together with the answers and explanations.

Know Your Traffic Signs this contains most of the signs and road markings that you are likely to come across.

Driving the essential skills this is the official reference, giving practical advice and best driving practice for all drivers.

These books will help you to answer the questions correctly and will also help you when studying for your practical test. The information in them will be relevant throughout your driving life so make sure you always have an up-to-date copy.

Other study aids:
The Official Theory Test CD-ROM for Car Drivers this is an alternative way of preparing for the multiple choice part of the theory test. It contains all the questions and answers and also allows you to take mock tests.
The Official Guide to Hazard Perception (DVD) We strongly recommend that you use this to prepare for the hazard perception part of the theory test.

Before booking a test by phone or on line you will need the following information:

Credit card or Debit card,
Your driving licence number shown on your licence,
Name, address, date of birth and telephone number.


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