Driving Theory Test

Introduced in 1996, the driving theory test is designed to ensure that driver knowledge about road awareness and safety is comprehensive and isn’t restricted to purely how to practically drive a car. A new element of the theory test that was brought in in 2001 is the hazard perception test, which is a video-based test designed to examine your ability to detect hazards on the road. It is essential to pass your theory test before taking the practical test.

Preparing for your theory test goes hand in hand with learning to drive, and it will help you improve your practical skills if you revise and learn your driving theory concurrently alongside your driving lessons.

In order to gain your driving theory test certificate, you are required to pass both aspects of the test – the theory test questions and hazard perception section. If you fail either of these, it is necessary to take the whole test again – so preparation is key.

What Topics are Covered in the Theory Test?

The driving theory test questions are based on information from three books: The Highway Code, Driving – the Essential Skills and Know Your Traffic Signs.

The topics covered in the theory test are as follows:

  • Road conditions and vehicle handling
  • Motorway driving
  • Rules of the road
  • Road and traffic signs
  • Essential Documents
  • Incidents, accidents, and emergencies
  • Vehicle loading
  • Alertness
  • Attitude
  • Safety and your vehicles
  • Safety margins
  • Hazard awareness
  • Vulnerable road users
  • Other types of vehicle

How do I book the driving theory test?

Driving theory tests take place within DVSA test centres and you will need to book ahead to get a slot to take your test. You can do so online.

You can book your Driving Theory Test with us. We will charge admin fee along-with DVSA theory test booking fee.  The cost of the test in the UK for car drivers is £23. Customers can book their Driving Theory Test Directly with DVSA website.

What is the format of the driving theory test?

For the multiple-choice test, you will be required to answer 50 questions covering topics that include alertness, attitude, safety, road signs, and much more.

You will be allocated 57 minutes to complete the first part of your Theory Test and you must get at least 43 questions correct to pass.

Before the Theory Test begins, you’ll be given full instructions on how the test works. It’s important to listen carefully so you know what to expect and can react accordingly.

You also have the option of going through a practice session of the multiple-choice questions to get used to the layout of the test.