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Theory Test
Theory Test

The Theory test is a screen-based test, and consists of two parts. It has been devised to test the knowledge of driving theory, in particular the rules of the road and best driving practice.

The first part of the theory test consists of 50 multiple choice questions. You select your answers for this part of the test by simply touching the screen. This 'touch screen' has been carefully designed to make it easy to use.

Before you start this part of your test you'll be given the chance to work through a practice session for up to 15 minutes to get used to the system. Staff at the test centre will be available to help you if you have any difficulties.

The questions will cover a variety of topics relating to road safety, the environment and documentation. Only one question will appear on the screen at a time. Most questions will ask you to mark one correct answers from the a selection, but this is shown clearly on the screen. If you try to move on without marking the correct number of answers you'll be reminded that more answers are needed.

To answer, 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. Take you time and read the questions carefully. You're given 57 minutes for this part of the test, so relax and don't rush.

Some questions will take longer to answer than others, but there are no trick questions. The time remaining is displayed in the screen.

You'll be able to move backwards and forwards through the questions and you can also 'flag' questions that you would like to look at again. It's easy to change your answer If you want to. Try to answer all the questions. If you're well prepared you shouldn't find them difficult.

Before you finish this part of the test, if you have time, you can use 'review' feature to check your answers. If you want to finish your test before the full time, touch the 'review' button and then the 'end' button on the review screen. When the touch the review button you will see the following screen.

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Hazard Perception

After you've finished the multiple choice part, there is a break of up to three minutes before you start the hazard perception part of the test. You cannot leave your seat during this break. This part of the test will consist of a series of film clips, shown from the driver's point of view.

Before you start this part of the test you'll be shown a short tutorial video that explains how the test works and gives you a chance to see a sample film clip. This will help you to understand what you need to do. You can run this video again if you wish.

During the hazard perception part of the test you will ll be shown 14 video clips contain one or more developing hazards. You should respond by pressing the mouse button as soon as you see a hazard developing that may result in you, the driver, having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction. The earlier you notice a developing hazard and make a response, the higher your score. There are 15 score able hazards in total.

Your response will not cause the scene in the video to change in any way. However, a red flag will appear on the bottom of the screen to show that your response has been noted.

Before each clip starts, there will be a 1- second pause to allow you to see the new road situation. The hazard perception part of the test lasts about 20 minutes. For this part of the test there is no extra time available, and you can't repeat any of the clips - you don't get a second chance to see a hazard when you're driving on the road.

Result - You should receive your result at the test centre within 10 minutes of completing the test. You'll be given a score for each part of the test (the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part). You'll need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. If you fail one of the parts you'll have to take the whole test again. To pass the multiple choice part of the theory test you must answer at least 43 questions correctly. For learner car driver and bike riders the pass mark for the hazard pereption is 44 out of 75.

Practical Test Booking

The driving test is straightforward and has been designed to see if you:

• can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
• know The Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving
After meeting your examiner, the next two stages are:
• an eyesight check – if you fail this, your test will not continue
• your examiner will ask you two questions about carrying out vehicle safety checks
You'll be asked one 'show me' and one 'tell me' question. One or both questions answered incorrectly will result in one driving fault being recorded.
You can find source material in the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) publication 'The official guide to Driving - the essential skills' and 'The official DSA guide to learning to drive'. Advice and information on how to carry out vehicle safety checks can also be found in the manufacturer's handbook

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