The Theory Test

If you’re looking for more information about what’s involved in taking your driving theory test or what to expect on the day, then read on…

The theory test is made up of 2 parts – multiple choice questions, followed by a test of hazard perception. You will need to answer 43 out of 50 questions correctly in the question section and you will be given 57 minutes in which to complete this part of the test. Next, you will need to score at least 44 out of 75 possible marks on the hazard perception part of the test, which is all about spotting developing hazards in a series of video clips. When you identify a potential hazard, you click the mouse and when that hazard starts to develop, you click again. So, it is worth practising for this on a computer with a mouse, since this is how the test is conducted.

Preparing for your Theory Test

In order to prepare yourself for your theory test, we would recommend reading and studying the essential books below. Perhaps you can ask a friend or family member to help test you? However you prefer to study, unfortunately there aren’t any shortcuts to getting the knowledge you need to pass the theory test.

  • The Highway Code – Vital reading for all road users, to help us all be considerate towards each other, particularly vulnerable road users. Many of the rules in here are legal requirements.
  • Know Your Traffic Signs – Traffic signs are essential to directing, controlling and informing the behaviour of all road users, to make our roads as safe as possible for everyone.
  • Driving – The Essential Skills – The DVSA’s official guide to safe driving, with advice for learners, professional drivers and instructors.

In addition to the books, many learners find it useful to practise on the go, using one of the theory test apps that are available. Here at Brum Driving School, we recommend Driving Test Success, the UK’s number 1 Theory Test App. This award-winning app allows you to revise for your theory test with full confidence, using their structured Learner Plan. They even offer your test fee back if you don’t pass (terms and conditions apply). The 4 in 1 Driving Test Success app contains all the latest DVSA Theory test questions, interactive hazard perception clips, The Highway Code and all the UK road signs.

Now that you have a clearer idea of what is involved in the theory test and how you might prepare, why not read our top tips for passing your driving theory test and aim for a first time pass?

Booking your Theory Test

When it comes to booking your theory test, it’s important to make sure you use the official UK Government site. There are other websites that may charge more than the standard fee, so check it’s the official site. The current test fee is £23.

Practise For Your Theory Test

Driving Test Success is the UK’s No.1 Theory Test App. Use the Learner Plan to guarantee you pass your Theory Test, or get your test fee back!

Essential Reading

Find out more about and purchase the essential reading material you will need to prepare for your driving theory test.

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