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What you need to know about the new driving theory test

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency today announced the theory test for learner drivers in the UK is set to change this spring.

What is changing and how will it affect you if you are taking your test in the next few months? We’ve put together a quick guide to let you know.

What is changing on the test?

Currently, the multiple-choice question part of the test includes reading a case study about a driving scenario and answering questions about it.

In the new test, the case study will no longer be written, but will be a video showing the scenario, followed by three multiple-choice questions. You can watch the video clip as many times as you like in order to answer the questions.

When is the change to the theory test taking place?

The change will happen on 14 April 2020, so if you have your test booked in from that day onwards, you will sit the new test.

Anything up to and including 13 April will be the existing test. It doesn’t matter if you have already sat and failed the test and are resitting it, or your test has been cancelled or moved for any reason; from 14 April it will be the new test.

Why have they made the change?

The DVSA said it has made the change to the test to make it more accessible, for example for people who experience difficulties reading or have developmental conditions.

Has the way the test is scored changed?

No, apart from the change in question format, the scoring remains the same.

You will still need to get at least 43 out of 50 on the multiple-choice questions and at least 44 out of 75 on the hazard perception test in order to pass. The format of the hazard perception part remains the same.

Do I need to do anything differently to prepare?

The case study questions will cover the same rules of the road that are already being examined on the theory test, so you don’t need to learn anything new or different to prepare for the updated test.

Where can I get more information?

The DVSA has published this post to outline the changes. If you are learning with a How-2-Drive instructor and would like some more information about how your test will be affected, just ask them during your next lesson.

We’re working on a new guide with some top tips on how you can ace your theory test – watch this space!

Don’t forget, all our How-2-Drive learners get free access to the brilliant Theory Test Pro, which, alongside your lessons, gives you lots of practical help you ace your test first time.