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How does the DVSA test work?

Prior to the start of the test you will be given instructions on how it works.

You will be given the option to do a practice session of multiple-choice questions to help you get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and several possible answers will appear on a computer screen - you have to select the correct answer/s. There is sometimes more than one answer per question.

You can flag a question if you are unsure of the answer and return to it later in the test. 

Some car questions will be given as a case study. The case study will: show a short story that 5 questions will be based on real life examples and experiences you could come across when you’re driving

The car multiple-choice part lasts for 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50.

When you completed the multiple-choice part you can choose to have a break of up to 3 minutes before starting the hazard perception part.

When am I told the result of my theory test?

You will be given the results at the end of your theory tests in the test centre.

When you pass your theory test, you will be given a pass certificate. You will need this when you book and take your practical test.

Your theory test pass certificate lasts for 2 years from the date you pass your test. If you have not passed the practical test within the 2 year period, you will need to retake your theory test.

What do I need to study to help me pass my theory test?

Use the website link at the top of this page to study examples of the multiply choice questions that you may be asked in a similar format.  

It is also recommended that you should use the following 3 books known as the ‘source material’. They are:

The Highway Code

‘Know your traffic signs’

The relevant book from the ‘essential skills’ range 

You can buy all the publications from most high street book shops and download the ‘Know your traffic signs’ booklet.

How many multiple choice questions are on the theory test?

50 questions

What is the pass mark on the theory test? 

Pass mark - 43 out of 50 

How long is the theory test? 

Time allowed - 57 minutes

What age can I take my theory test?

You can take the theory test on your 17th birthday.

If you’re getting the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) you can take your theory test on your 16th birthday.

How do I book my theory test?

Link: Theory Test Booking

What is the cost of the theory test?

The cost of the theory test is £25 (1 October 2014)

Hazard Perception 

What do I need to study to help me pass my hazard perception test?

It is recommended that you buy The Official DSA Guide to Hazard Perception or use the link at the top of this page.

Some reasons to buy it:

It will help you to better recognise potential hazards on the road

Enable you to better respond to potential hazards and react to keep other road users safe.

Your theory studying will also help to give you a better understanding of how to recognise potential hazards. 

Test yourself - includes ten official DSA practice clips to test your skills

How many video clips are on the hazard perception test?

Video clips 14 clips

Hazards 15

What is the pass mark? 

Pass mark 44 out of 75 

What age can I book my hazard perception test?

You can take the theory test on your 17th birthday.

If you’re getting the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) you can take your theory test on your 16th birthday.

How can I book my hazard perception test?

Link: Theory Test Booking

At what stage do I start the hazard perception part?

The hazard perception part starts shortly after completing the theory part.

You will be shown a short video clip about how it works before you start the hazard perception part. 

You will be shown a series of 14 video clips on a computer screen.

The clips:

feature everyday road scenes

contains one ‘developing hazard’ - but one of the clips will feature 2 ‘developing hazards’

A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.

Hazard perception test scoring

The quicker that you respond to a developing hazard, the higher you will score. 

The most you can score for each developing hazard is 5 points.

To get a high score you need to respond to the developing hazard as soon as you see it starting.

Any attempt to continuously click or in a pattern during a clip a message will appear at the end. It will tell you that you have scored zero for that particular clip.

You will not be able to review your answers.

The pass mark for a car is 44 out of 75.

Do I need to pass both parts on the same test?

The theory test is made up of a multiple-choice part and a hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test.

If you pass one part and fail the other you’ll fail the whole test, and you’ll need to take both parts again.

Are there any special requirements at the theory test centre?

You are not allowed to take any personal items into the test room with you. All your personal items must be stored in the lockers provided.

If you’re found with any prohibited items in the testing room your test will be stopped, you will be asked to leave and lose your test fee.

Once you are in the test room you are not allowed to talk to or distract other candidates.

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