Theory Test  (£23)

Theory TestTaking your theory test

The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.If you pass one part and fail the other you’ll fail the whole test, and you’ll need to take both parts again.

The questions in each multiple choice test vary according to the category of vehicle you’re hoping to obtain a licence for, ie a motorcycle theory test will contain specific questions that don’t appear in any other test.

For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, each vehicle category takes the same test, however the pass mark is different for different categories of tests.

Part one – multiple choice

Before the test starts you’ll be given instructions on how the test works.

You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer.

For cars and motorcycles you’ll be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.

For lorries and buses you’ll be asked 60 questions in 70 minutes and the pass mark is 51 out of 60.

You can navigate between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test. After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.

Part two – hazard perception

After the break you’ll then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works.

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

To achieve a high score you’ll need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.

You won’t be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you’ll only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.

The pass mark for the car and motorcycle hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75. For lorries and buses the pass mark is 50 out of 75.

At the end of the test

At the end of the hazard perception part of the theory test you’ll be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions.

You don’t have to answer the questions if you don’t want to, and any information given is anonymous and confidential. The survey questions don’t affect the result of the test.

When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you’ll not be allowed to enter it again. You’ll then be given your result by the test centre staff.

The quickest, easiest and most cost-effective way to book your driving theory test is online, using the official Government website. When you book online, you can arrange your theory test at a time that suits you – the process is entirely automated, so there’s no need to contact during office hours. The process is also much cheaper, since you won’t have to pay any additional fees beyond the cost of the test itself.

Using the application page, you’ll be able to book a driving theory test for cars, motorcycles, and HGVs like lorries, buses and coaches – including the Driver Certificate of Professional Confidence theory test.

What you need:

Before getting started, you need to make sure you have the following:

  • The licence number from your valid UK or Northern Irish Provisional Driver’s Licence
  • An email address to receive your confirmation email (without one, you can’t book online)
  • A debit or credit card.

Note that you also need to wait three days after taking your theory test to attempt to take it again.

Test fees:

When booking online, you don’t need to worry about an arrangement fee, so you’ll only be paying the raw cost fo the test itself. Those costs are £23 for a car or motorcycle driving theory test.

If you need help with your booking, call the DVSA on 0300 200 11 22, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.

Getting started online

To get started, simply click the link seen on the applications page to get through to the candidate sign-in page. Once there, you’ll be prompted with a form which requires your details – it’s really useful to have a driving licence on hand, since you’ll need the names listed there, the number on the licence, and your date of birth as recorded on the licence.

Once you’ve entered all that information, simply hit “Log In” and you’re on to the next stage of your application!

Booking by phone

You’ll still need a valid UK provisional driver’s licence and a credit or debit card to book over the phone, so make sure to keep them handy if you’re going to be calling up to book your driving theory test. Lines are open from 8am til 12pm, Mondays to Fridays, excluding bank holidays, so whenever you’re free to call, a booking agent should be able to assist you with your booking.

The driving theory test booking line is 0345 600 6700, or if you need a text-phone, you can use 0300 200 1166.

Booking by post

If you’d like to book your driving theory test by post, you’ll need to print or pick up an application form, which you can get from your theory test centre, practical test centre, your driving instructor or online. Payment for the booking and the test can be made by cheque or postal order, but please note that cash is not accepted.

Application forms, once completed, can be sent to this address:

Driver & Vehicle Agency
Booking Department
PO Box 381
M50 3UW
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