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Everything You Need To Know About the UK Driving Theory Test

About the Driving Theory Test

The Multiple Choice Theory Test was introduced on the 1st July 1997 and is your first step in becoming a full UK driving licence holder. You must pass your Theory Test before you can book your Practical Driving Test.

How much does the Theory Test cost?

The current Theory Test fee for Car Drivers in the UK is £31.00.

How is the Theory Test taken?

The Theory Test is taken on a computer at an official DVSA test centre and consists of two individual tests. The first is a multiple-choice test, and the second is a Hazard Perception Test.

What is the pass rate for the Theory Test?

The current pass rate for learner car drivers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland is 43 or more out of 50.

How is the Theory Test structured?

For the multiple-choice test, you will be required to answer 50 questions covering topics that include alertness, attitude, safety, road signs, and much more. You will be allocated 57 minutes to complete the first part of your Theory Test.

Before the Theory Test begins you’ll be given full instructions on how the test works. It’s important to listen carefully so you know what to expect and can react accordingly.

You also have the option of going through a practice session of the multiple-choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. If you choose to do this, your real Theory Test will begin at the end of your practice session.

 

What happens on the Theory Test?

During the Theory Test, a question and several answers will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer, so it’s important to read the questions carefully.

You can navigate between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test.

The last five questions will be linked to a Theory Test case study.

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

 

About the Abridged Theory Test

Since October 2009, the DVSA have been offering learner car drivers that have undertaken the training for and passed the new “pre-driver qualification” a credit towards their driving theory exam, also known as the Abridged Theory Test.

Although it is still necessary to sit the Theory Test, you will only have to answer 35 questions instead of the usual 50. The number of hazard perception clips will remain the same at 14.

The credit is only valid if you sit your Theory Test within three years of taking your pre-driver qualification. The DVSA are also proposing that the fee for the abridged Theory Test be proportionally reduced from £31 to £24.

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