The Theory Test

At worst, we do this test because obviously we won’t be able to do the practical driving test without it. However, there are other reasons. it does actually make you more aware of the rules of the road and what hazards are. I don’t have a doubt that studying for the theory test helped me become a safer driver.

I can understand why people on the net, (after failing the HP test in particular) believe that its just a way for the government to increase its income but I believe it does have a useful purpose and it IS perfectly passable.

I did take a mock theory test before I even looked at a highway code and managed to score 36 out of 50. This demonstrates that either I was very lucky with the questions that came up (and there’s no guarantee I would be as lucky in the real theory test) or that what people say about a lot of the theory test questions / answers being common sense, is true. Try the same thing. See how far you can get with just common sense, but remember that to enhance your chances of getting the other more difficult questions right, you will need to be prepared to study.

The theory test is actually made up of two seperate sections – a multi-choice question test and a hazard perception test. You must pass both sections in order to gain your theory test pass certificate. Fail just one section and you will need to re-take both sections at a later date.

Booking and Cancelling The Theory Test
You will take your theory test at one of the many theory test centres scattered around the UK.

The easiest way to book your test in online or by phoning 0300 200 1122. You can also book by post.

Once you have your appointemt date, if you need to cancel simply call the booking line or do so online. To secure return of your fee, you must give at least three working days notice.

Documents You Must Take With You
Fail to take the correct documentation and you risk having your theory test cancelled without gaining a refund. Take with you:

  • your signed photocard licence and paper counterpart; or
  • your signed driving licence and a valid passport.

Different Languages
If English isn’t your prefered language you can listen to a voice-over, which will read the questions to you in any of the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kurdish, Mirpuri, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Pushto, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh.

Special Needs
If you have dyslexia or general reading difficulties you can listen to a voiceover while taking the test. You will also be permitted up to twice the normal time to take the multiple choice section.

If you have hearing difficulties the multiple choice section, and the introduction to the hazard test can be shown in British Sign Language.

If you have any other disabilties which may affect you while taking the test you should call the special needs on 0300 200 1122.

Taking The Multiple Choice Test


This is taken using a touch screen computer. You select your answers by touching the box next to the answer on the screen. If you want to change your answer, you simple touch the box again, and the answer will be deselected.

You don’t have to answer each question in exact sequence. You can move freely back and forth through them by pressing the Next and Previous buttons on the screen. If you are unsure about a particular question you can ‘flag’ it by pressing the Flag button. All flaged questions will then appear on the Review screen, making it easy to navigate back to them.

Before the test begins you have the option of taking a practice session, which will help you get familiar with how the test works.

You will have 57 minutes to answer 50 individual questions. Some questions will have muliple answers.

How To Pass It

  1. Be prepared to do some revision.
  2. Understand the “DSA game” for the Hazard Perception (HP) test.