In 1996 the DVSA introduced a new style computer based Theory Test. Later in 2002, in an attempt to improve and enhance road safety, a computer video based simulator Hazard Perception Test was also added to the Theory Test.

Taking your theory test

The theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part.
The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse and the hazard
perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button.

You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other you
will fail the whole test, and you will need to take both parts again.

The questions in each multiple choice test vary according to the category of vehicle you are
hoping to obtain a licence for, ie a motorcycle theory test will contain specific questions that do
not appear in any other test.

For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles, each vehicle
category takes the same test, however the pass mark is different for different categories of tests.

Part one - multiple choice 
Before the test starts you will be given instructions on how the test works.

You can also choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test. At the end of the practice session the real test will begin.

A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen or using the mouse. Some questions may require more than one answer.

You will be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes. You can navigate between questions and ‘flag’ questions that you want to come back to later in the test.

The pass mark for the multiple choice part of the theory test is 43 out of 50.

After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.

Part two – hazard perception
After the break you will then be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works.

The hazard perception part is also delivered on a computer but you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.

To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.

You will not be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you will only have one chance to respond to the developing hazard.

The pass mark for the car and motorcycle hazard perception part of the theory test is 44 out of 75.

At the end of the test
When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you will not be allowed to enter it again. You will then be given your result by the test centre staff.

To book either the theory or practical test click on the links below.

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