If you have dyslexia revising for your theory test can be a struggle. We’ve written this smart guide for anybody who has dyslexia who wants to revise for and pass their theory test.


You can do it! Every year people with dyslexia successfully revise for and pass their theory test. Some of those may not have found it easy to do but have been able to do it. Make sure you adopt a can-do attitude. Just because something may be difficult it certainly does not mean it’s impossible.

Having dyslexia can mean you simply use a different technique of learning for your theory test than others do.

Revising for your Theory Test

The advice we give to all learners is do not punish yourself with revision. Simply put, there is no need to spend hours non stop continuously revising. In fact, doing this will make things more difficult for you.

First of all, you need to decide on which revision tools you use. We strongly advise that you do not revise for your theory test via a book.

At Driving Test Success we have a range of software which have voice-overs that will read the questions and answers as well as the explanations to each question. Using software is more interactive and enjoyable for anybody to use. Click here to see a special page we’ve created which shows the products we have that have voice-overs.

Once you have your software we recommend that you give yourself 6 weeks to revise before your theory test. This gives you time to carefully start preparing for your theory test.

As well as this we recommend that you keep revision sessions short, no longer than 20 minutes (unless doing a full mock test) but regular. So for example, spending 10 minutes per session three times a day.

You can also read questions yourself out loud and read the answers out loud too. This helps you process the information on the screen from letters and words to verbal information.

Keeping a track of your progress is really simple with any of our products. Make sure you check in on how well you are doing as this will help motivate you.

Booking Your Theory Test

Before you book your theory test you need to decide what concessions you can have and what ones you need. Concessions are simply measures that can be taken to help alleviate some of the issues that dyslexia sufferers face.

The concessions that you could be eligible for include:

  • Doing the theory test in a separate room
  • Having somebody read the questions to you
  • Having somebody who records your answers
  • Extra time

In order to receive any of these concessions you must have a letter from either your GP or a tutor at college. This letter must detail what concessions you will need and on what grounds.

Once you have this letter you will need to contact the DVSA via:

DVSA theory test enquiries
Telephone: 0300 200 1188
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

The DVSA will provide you with a contact email or postal address for you to send your letter to.

Once the DVSA have received your letter they will send you confirmation in the post detailing what concessions you will have and what to do next to book your theory test.

Doing Your Theory Test

On the day before your theory test avoid sugary and caffeine heavy drinks and food. Do a few mock tests during the day to help refresh your memory. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep.

Doing all three of these things will help ensure that you are more relaxed and confident to do your theory test.

Remember to arrive at the test centre with plenty of time to spare. For more information on what happens at the test centre click here.

Once you start your test, it’s really important that you take your time and read every question at least twice. Think carefully through each question and do not be afraid to flag questions to come back to at the end.


  1. My son has failed his test 6 times and he is failing by 1 point he is dsylexic and simply tells me he never pass is there anything else he can try, he revises for days and days, he does loads of questions on Internet and apps, he also has DVD but still struggles! He is ready for his practical driving test and always gets full marks on the hazard and perception and I think there should be something for all dislexia learners. The main thing that springs to mind is a BTEC course with continued assessment, I hope someone has a idea I feel so sad for him and he started to think he will never pass? We are worried too as his parents

    • Hi Angela,

      Sorry to hear your son is struggling so much with his theory 🙁 Our best advise would be to collate all that learning into one resource; which uses the official DVSA revision questions. There are 777 car questions, so these are all he needs to learn from (websites/dvds/apps as a mixture could confuse things, many websites are not using official, or up to date questions, so they’re not what he needs for the test). I’d recommend he uses an app like our 4-in-1 bundle, which collates all his learning to one place, this way he can see his progress over time and the questions he needs to spend more time on. He can choose to learn from questions he hasnt seen yet, or from the ones he has answered incorrect. Good luck for his revision and test, try not to rush it; it’s a test most people find very tough as it’s alot of new information to learn. 🙂