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The Theory Test is made up of two parts; a Multiple Choice section and a Hazard Perception test.

The Multiple Choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse. The theory test is a 50-question multiple-choice test.

To pass you must answer 43 or more questions correctly within 57 minutes. Questions are chosen at random from a bank of over 1,000 questions, and you answer by touching the screen. During the test you have the option to skip questions and return to them later.

The Hazard Perception test records your responses to developing hazards through the use of a video clip and computer mouse. Immediately after your theory test, you’ll watch a series of 14 one-minute video clips, each showing potential hazards involving road conditions, pedestrians or road users.

There are 15 hazards to identify and you can score up to 5 points on each one, depending on how quickly you identify them. You need to score 44 out of 75 to pass.

You’ll need to pass both parts to successfully complete your Theory Test. If you pass one part and fail the other, you’ll fail the whole test, and will unfortunately have to take both parts again.

You can book your Theory Test through the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) website or we at DEC Driving School can arrange it for you. Contact us

Applying for your Practical Driving Test:

Once you’ve passed your Theory Test and had driving lessons to get you to a safe independent driving standard you need to apply to take your test at your local DSA Practical Test Centre. You can do this online from the DSA website, but we strongly recommend you don’t apply for your test until your DEC Instructor and you feel you are ready. DEC Driving School can manage your test date and bookings for you, if you would like us to.

The Practical Driving Test:

Before you do any driving you’ll be asked to perform an eyesight check and then be asked some vehicle safety questions. You’ll then be tested on your general driving ability, including two reversing exercises.

The ‘Driving’ part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for evidence you’ve reached an overall safe standard of driving, as you carry out both general and specific manoeuvres. You can make up to 15 minor driving faults and still pass the test, but 16 or more minor faults results in a fail. However, if you commit just one serious or dangerous fault, you’ll fail the test automatically.

You must bring the following items with you to the test. If you don’t, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) may refuse to carry out the test and you may lose your fee

  • An appropriately insured and licensed vehicle, displaying L- Plates, that’s suitable for the test. DEC, Driving School can provide cars perfect for the job and readily available
  • Your Theory Test pass certificate
  • Your appointment letter confirming your test time and date
  • Both parts of your photo card licence (if applicable). If you don’t take both parts of your licence, your test will not take place and you’ll lose your fee
  • If you have an old-style paper licence, you must take your signed driving licence and separate approved photo identification with you.
Getting Your Result:

As soon as your Practical Test is over, the examiner will tell you whether you’ve passed or failed.

If You Passed:

Well done! You can now enjoy driving yourself around without the need to have someone else in the car. Your examiner will ask for your Provisional Licence, which he or she will send off to the DVLA to apply for a full licence. In the meantime, you’ll get a pass certificate as well as a report that highlights any minor faults you made during the test.

If You’re Unlucky:

Unlucky. Your examiner will spend a few moments with you and your instructor to explain why. They’ll also give you a test report that highlights what went wrong. But don’t get down about it – you can reapply for a test straight away and only have to wait 10 working days for a retake. Your instructor will drive you home – so use the time to quiz them about how to pass next time.

Have any got any other queries regarding the Theory Test?

You can find more information out the Theory Test FAQs page

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