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Driving Theory Test - How to Prepare

In this learner guide, find out what’s involved in preparing for both parts of your driving theory test. We’ll tell you what to expect on the big day, so you can arrive at the test centre feeling confident.

About The DVSA Theory Test

Although you may be ready to take your practical test, you can’t actually apply for it until you’ve passed your theory test. That’s why we always recommend that our pupils take their theory test early on.

The driving theory test is made up of two parts:

  • A multiple-choice questionnaire
  • A hazard perception video test

You’ll need to pass both parts to get your theory test certificate. You can only apply to take your practical driving test once you’ve received your pass certificate.

Part 1 — Multiple Choice Questionnaire

The actual theory test questions are no longer published. This means that questions and answers in revision materials will only be able to give you an idea of what to expect in the actual test itself.

For this reason, the questions and answers you see in revision materials will not be exactly the same as those you will face during the theory test. This change was introduced to ensure pupils gain a better understanding of driving theory rather than simply memorising questions and answers.

Part 2 — Hazard Perception Test

Before you begin the hazard perception part of the test, you’ll be shown a short video clip about how the test works. After your induction, you will then be shown a series of video clips on a computer screen.

These clips feature every day road scenes and contain at least one developing hazard — but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.

A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take action, such as changing speed or direction. The sooner you identify these hazards in the videos, the higher your score will be.

Newly-qualified driver behind the wheel

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How to Pass the Theory Test: Official DVSA Guide

Watch the official DVSA guide to passing your theory test below. This video covers both the multiple-choice and hazard perception parts of the test.

You can also read more about the driving theory test on the website.

Book Your Driving Theory Test

To get started with booking your theory test, you’ll need to find your local theory test centre. Once you’re feeling ready for it, you can then go ahead and book your test. Remember to swot up — and good luck!