The Theory Test

Before you can take your practical driving test you must pass your theory test. It is often a good idea to pass your theory test before starting your driving lessons, as this will give you a better impression of what driving on road will actually be like.

This theory test is split two parts: multiple choice questions and a hazard perception test. You must pass both of these parts on the same day to pass the whole theory test. The multiple choice questions are delivered and answered using a touch-screen computer and focus on driving situations, technical rules and other regulations. The hazard perception part of the test assesses your ability to spot possible dangers or threats shown in a series of video clips. Your responses to these are recorded using a computer mouse.

You can prepare for the multiple choice part of the test by making sure that you know the Highway Code. There are also a number of books and CD-ROMs available to either teach you the theory or to offer mock tests. Many CD-ROMs also provide mock hazard perception tests; these are also available in interactive DVD formats.

Once you have booked your test, make sure that you know the location of the test centre and aim to get there about 15 minutes early. If you need to cancel, you must give 3 clear working days notice or you'll lose your fee.

In this section, you'll find more details on booking and taking your theory test.

Booking a Test
How to book your driving theory test online, by post or over the phone ...
Driving Theory Test
Part 1 of the theory test: 35 multiple choice questions covering technical rules of the road, driving situations and other regulations ...
Hazard Perception Test
Part 2 of the theory test: 14 video clips that feature every day road scenes with developing hazards ...