What does the theory test involve?

The theory test examination is split into two phases.

The first is a multiple choice examination consisting of 50 questions where you need to achieve a pass mark of 43 or above.

The second phase is the Hazard Perception.

This is where you are shown 14 video clips on a computer screen and you are required to click the mouse button when you see a hazard developing on the road.

The earlier you click the mouse the higher the score you will achieve on each clip.

You must score a total of 44 out of 75 points in order to pass the Hazard Perception part of the Theory Test. Unfortunately in order to pass the theory test you must achieve a pass in both sections on the same day.

When should I prepare for my theory test?

We believe that the best way to prepare for your theory test is to use an App on a mobile device.

If you have an Android phone then search Google Play for “DVSA Theory Kit”. If you have an Apple phone then search the App Store for the same.

The advantage of an App over a book or CD Rom is that it is always in your pocket and once downloaded does not need any data. You can track your progress and target questions that you have not answered and ones that you have got wrong previously.

The App can also be setup to harass you as your theory test date approaches by getting notifications. The next best way to practice is by purchasing the most recent “DVSA Theory Test Kit“ CD-Rom available from most online retailers including Amazon. The App will cost under £6 but the CD ROM about £15 so if possible get the App as it is the same product but cheaper.

You will also find specific products for Hazard Perception and again an App is best here. However if your phone screen size is small download on a tablet or look online for something you can use on a computer. There is a really good link below to get many Hazard Perception Clips from a website called Hazard Perception Challenge at really good value.

When should I book my theory test?

We believe that you should book a date as soon as you start learning to drive.

You do not have to do it next week but by booking a date you have a target to work towards. You can always move your Theory Test if you feel that you are not ready up to 3 working days before your appointment.

Once you pass your Theory Test you will need to keep the certificate (which is valid for two years) in a safe place along with your Driving licence.

Please remember that passing your Theory Test DOES NOT mean that you are ready to book a Driving Test. If however your driving is of a good standard then take a mock test with a different Ultimate Driving instructor then both yourself and instructor will have a clearer picture of your test readiness.

BOOKING YOUR THEORY TEST: www.gov.uk/book-theory-test

Official Theory Test Video from DVSA: