Advice for New Drivers

Taking your theory test

Once you have your provisional Licence, you can then start thinking about your theory test. You need to pass your theory test before you can take your practical driving test.

A theory test is made up of two parts taken at the same time – hazard perception and multiple-choice questions.

Preparing for your theory test

  1. Get to know your stuff:
    • The Highway Code
    • Know Your Traffic Signs
    • The Official DVSA Guide to Driving

    (Note: You can also find these as e-books or in app format)

  2. Take some mock tests
  3. Book your theory test

More info on the theory test

  • Before you start the test, you can practice for 15 minutes on the computer.
  • The Multiple Choice section consists of 50 questions which you answer using a touch screen.
  • You must get 43 out of the 50 questions correct within the 57 minute time limit.
  • After a break of up to 3 minutes, you do the Hazard Perception Test.
  • There is a tutorial first to show you how it works.
  • The test has 14 video clips, each lasting about 1 minute. Your aim is to spot the hazards, which could be pedestrians, other vehicles or road conditions. Each video clip has one hazard, but one clip will have two hazards, giving 15 hazards per test.
  • You can score up to 5 points for each hazard. The earlier you identify the hazard, the higher your score. To pass, you must get at least 44 out of 75.
  • If you fail either part of the test you fail the entire test.

Good luck!