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
THE MULTIPLE CHOICE ELEMENT
(PASS MARK 43 OUT OF 50)
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
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
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.
THE HAZARD PERCEPTION ELEMENT (PASS
MARK 40 OUT OF 75)
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
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
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
I wish you every success with your test
HOW TO PASS THE THEORY TEST
Come along to The Theory Test Help Centre
for free help and tuition. www.thetheorytesthelpcentre.co.uk
Multiple choice element
Hazard perception element
- Obtain a theory test book or CD ROM.
- Study the question bank in one of the above.
- Attempt mock exam 1 (page 7) or one of the mock exams
on the CD ROM. Score more than 43, great you passed
- Study the question bank again.
- Attempt mock test 2 (page ) or a different mock exam on
the CD ROM. Score more than 43, great you passed.
- If you still have not scored over 43 then carry on studying
the question bank before attempting another mock exam from
the CD ROM.
- 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.
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
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.
- Warning signs, these are triangular with a red border.
- Traffic lights (on any colour).
- Parked cars.
- Pedestrian crossings.
- Bends in the road
- Vehicles coming out of driveways.
- Pedestrians walking on the road.
- Ice or any sudden changes in road or weather conditions.
- Railways crossings.
- Large vehicles including buses (must be blocking your
- Ice cream vans.
- Something that may cause you to brake or change direction
to avoid it.