Make sure that it’s you who’s in the driving seat when it comes to your driving theory test

We’ve all been there – desperate to pass that necessary, but wretched driving theory test and yet are anxious that our nerves are going to let us down.

But rest assured, you’re not the only one who’s been stressed out over it.

However, nerves may be a significant factor, but another obstacle to passing is that many of us just aren’t fully prepared for that theory test. It’s not really surprising then that the pass mark for a first-time pass is only 86%!

The theory test is made up of 2 parts – the multiple-choice and the computerised hazard perception test, and you need to pass both in the same sitting.

Oh, and don’t forget to actually book the theory test, make sure you have your provisional licence sorted and turn up on time.

The multiple choice questions

Be prepared.

The time limit for the theory test is 57 minutes, and you’ll be given 50 multiple choice questions from a bank of 1,000.

Theory test time limit (mins)
Multiple choice questions
Questions in choice bank

So, how to answer correctly the 43 out of 50 questions precisely is really just a matter of knowing the kind of items you are likely to be asked.

The theory test really isn’t about trying to catch you out – it’s just practical questions about some of the situations that you will probably encounter sometime in your driving life.

An excellent bit of advice, therefore, is to buy a driving theory test book (DVSA Handbook), which covers every single question you are ever likely to be asked during the test.

Learn, revise, and test yourself!

Likewise, there are online practice questions – such as the Official DVSA Learning Zone which again, will cover every driving subject and endless questions known to humankind!

There are also fab apps available- to get the best, most realistic theory test apps, you will have to pay – but they are well worth the investment! In fact, if you choose to learn with us, you get FREE access to the Theory Test Pro app. You can find out more about this on our driving theory test page.

The questions are car specific and can be anything from car cockpit drills, hill starts, signaling, braking techniques, and speed awareness.

It’s therefore really sensible to learn as much as you can and revise consistently, taking practice tests repeatedly until you are regularly scoring nearly 50 out of 50.

Don’t rush, read the questions correctly, and you’ll do great!

The Hazard Perception test

Once you’ve finished the multiple-choice section, you’ll move on to the hazard perception section, which is made up of a series of video clips featuring a variety of hazards you could come across when driving.

Drive IQ is an online resource where you can practise scanning for hazards such as road distractions.

During the test, you get to see 14 video clips, which are all roughly a minute long and feature an everyday driving situation with a number of potential hazards as well as a ‘likely to happen’ hazard.

One of the videos will differ and will have two developing hazards – however, you won’t know which video it is – to pass the test, you have to identify the developing hazards.

The quicker you are at identifying the developing hazard, the higher you’ll be scored.

It’s important to remember that there are 14 clips and only on of then has two developing hazards, which are scored separately, so the maximum number of marks available is 75 – you need at least 44 to pass.

Learn, revise, and test yourself!

Sorry guys, no excuses, if you want to pass that theory test, then you just have to put in the time.

The DVSA say ‘You should complete at least 20 hours of revision to make sure you are fully prepared for your theory test’ – and they should know!