How to pass the driving theory test
Here you’ll find everything you need to know about the driving theory test: how it works, what you can expect, what you must do, and tips to help you pass.
Also, you can take a shorter version of the multiple choice test – with 35 rather than 50 questions – if you have a ‘Safe Road User Award’. However, you still have to take the full hazard perception test.
To help get ready for the test, you can take a practice test on the gov.uk website, as well as on countless other sites.
Don’t underestimate how important it is to spend time out on the road, too, especially when it comes to revising for the hazard-perception test.
Remember, this is vital. If you don’t bring the right documents, you’ll lose your fee, and the test won’t happen.
The first part of the test is the multiple choice part. Before the test, you’ll receive an explanation of how it works, and you’ll also be given the chance to do a practice session before the real thing starts.
In the test, a question and several answers will appear on a computer screen. You have to select the correct answer (or in some cases, answers). You don’t have to answer the questions in order, and can flag questions you want to come back to later on.
This part of the test lasts 57 minutes, and the pass mark is 43 out of 50. After this, you can take a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.
- Top tip: Don’t waste time on questions you can’t answer, but make sure you leave enough time to go through and check your answers before time’s up
If you have hearing difficulties, you can take the test in British Sign Language, which will run alongside the standard questions and answers. If you don’t use BSL, an interpreter can go with you into the test centre, but this needs to be arranged with the customer services section in advance.
It is possible for a test centre to cater for other special needs, but you should contact the DVSA to discuss the circumstances before booking your test.
If you pass, you’ll get a certificate, which you’ll need when you book your practical test. This is valid for two years, but if you haven’t passed your practical test within that time, you’ll need to retake and pass your theory test.