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How the Theory Test will work

Your theory test will consist of a multiple choice element and a hazard perception element. First you will be shown a confirmation screen which confirms your name and the category of the test you are taking. You have the choice to start or exit the test


Multiple choice practice session - The practice session on the computer shows you how to work through the multiple choice element of the test and how to choose and check your answers. Candidates taking a foreign language or British sign language version of the test will be instructed on how to use the audio/video features of the test. The practice questions should allow you to become comfortable with how the test will work. These questions do not carry a mark towards your test result.

Multiple choice element - This part of the test will consist of 50 multiple choice questions. You must answer each question, but you will be able to check questions and change answers throughout the test by using the flag and review button.

Case Studies - You will be given a case study comprising of a scenario on the road and will be asked 4 multiple choice questions relating to that scenario.

Short break - You can take up to 3 minutes break before starting the second part of your theory test, which tests your hazard perception skills. You cannot leave your desk during this break.


Hazard perception tutorial video - At the start of the hazard perception part of the test you will be shown a short instructional video. This video will tell you how the hazard perception part of the theory test works. You can watch the instructional video twice if you need to. You will need to wear headphones to listen to the instruction video. You can take them off at the end of the video or keep them on if you prefer or are a candidate for the foreign language or British sign language version of the test. There is no sound on the test clips.

Hazard perception element - The hazard perception element tests your ability to look at and understand the whole road scene and to recognise hazards at an early stage as they develop. Your result will tell the DSA whether you have learned the hazard perception skills to avoid and deal with hazards safely. During the test you will see film clips of traffic scenes from a driver's point of view. These clips are just like the clip in the instruction video. These clips contain one or more hazards and or situations developing involving other road users. As the clips in this test are on real roads they contain all types of hazards. The only hazards you will be scored on are the developing ones. Do not worry; you will not loose points for responding to other hazards. The hazard perception part of the test will contain 14 film clips and 15 scoreable hazards. In one clip there will be an extra scoreable hazard i.e. 2 in total. Each developing hazard may require the driver to take some form of action such as changing speed or direction. You should respond by clicking the left or right mouse button, whichever you prefer, as soon as you think, from the clues in the clip that this might happen. You will only see the test clips once so you must concentrate. You cannot go back or change your response. When you press one of the mouse buttons the video will not stop or slow down, but you will see a red flag appear at the bottom of the screen each time you press. This red flag shows that your response has been recorded. Your responses to the clips will be automatically recorded by the computer. They will be compared to marks set by DSA driving experts. The marking for each scoreable hazard is split into 5 parts. If you respond to the first part you will get 5 points, the second part4 points, down to 1 point. If you fail to respond in the correct time or not at all or in and unacceptable manner (e.g. constant clicking) you will receive 0 points for that clip. The earlier you pick up the clues and press your mouse button to record that you have seen the hazard the higher your score. It is important that you respond to all the hazards that you see even though there is only one scoreable hazard. However it is important to be careful not to make lots of unnecessary responses in a very short space of time during the clip. If this happens you will score 0 points and see this message at the end of the clip.

X You responded to this clip in an unacceptable manner You will score zero for this clip

Optional trail clip - After the hazard perception element you may be shown a video clip that is being tried out for future tests. This does not count as part of your test. They would like you to respond to this clip as it helps them develop future tests. After you have completed the test you will be offered a Voluntary customer satisfaction survey. You are asked to provide feedback to the DSA about yourself and your testing experience with Prometric Thompson Learning.

Test Result - At the end of the test you will leave your desk and make your way to the Administrators desk to sign the signature log. You will then be given your result letter. The letter will contain your score for both elements of the test and the result. If you are successful you will be given an Official Test Certificate attached to your results letter.

I wish you every success with your test


Come along to The Theory Test Help Centre for free help and tuition.

Multiple choice element
  1. Obtain a theory test book or CD ROM.
  2. Study the question bank in one of the above.
  3. Attempt mock exam 1 (page 7) or one of the mock exams on the CD ROM. Score more than 43, great you passed
  4. Study the question bank again.
  5. Attempt mock test 2 (page ) or a different mock exam on the CD ROM. Score more than 43, great you passed.
  6. If you still have not scored over 43 then carry on studying the question bank before attempting another mock exam from the CD ROM.
  7. If you have the theory book get a friend to read 50 random questions to you. Carry on studying until you start getting over 43 out of 50 all the time.
Hazard perception element

The secret to passing is to click the mouse as soon as a hazard or sign warning you of a hazard comes into view.
The CD ROM 'Driving Test Theory' or the 'Roadsense' video are the ideal tools to help you pass this exam

  1. Warning signs, these are triangular with a red border.
  2. Traffic lights (on any colour).
  3. Parked cars.
  4. Pedestrian crossings.
  5. Junctions.
  6. Animals
  7. Bends in the road
  8. Cyclists.
  9. Roundabouts.
  10. Roadworks.
  11. Vehicles coming out of driveways.
  12. Pedestrians walking on the road.
  13. Ice or any sudden changes in road or weather conditions.
  14. Railways crossings.
  15. Large vehicles including buses (must be blocking your path).
  16. Ice cream vans.
  17. Something that may cause you to brake or change direction to avoid it.
REMEMBER - The earlier you spot the hazard and click the mouse, the better your final score. E.g. You are driving down a road and ahead is a car reversing off a drive. You should click the mouse as soon as you see it, or even its reversing lights. This will score maximum points. If you respond when the car gets onto the road you will score minimum points If you click when there is no hazard then you will receive no points for the clip.
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