The Theory Test

The aim of the theory test is to help you develop your hazard perception skills and ensure you have a good knowledge of the rules of the road.

The test is made up of 2 parts:

1. Part one consists of 50 multiple-choice questions covering a wide range of driving topics. You will be given 57 minutes to complete this section of the test, so make the most of the time you have available! If you aren’t sure of an answer, you can flag the question and return to it later.
2. Part two is the hazard perception section. You will be presented with 14 short clips and will be asked to identify 'developing' hazards by clicking on the mouse as soon as you see it happens. A 'developing' hazard is something that occurs which you will need to either brake or change course (steer). Each hazard is scored out of 5 and the earlier you identify the hazard, the higher you will score for it. Each video clip has 1 developing hazard, except for one of them which will have 2 developing hazards. You can be disqualified from a clip if you are deemed to be persistently clicking when no hazard is present, so be careful when you click.

You must pass both parts of the theory test to get a pass overall. The pass mark for the multiple choice questions is 43 out of 50, whilst the pass mark for the hazard perception section is 44 out of 75.

Once passed, your pass certificate is valid for two years during which time you will have to pass your practical test. We recommend that you prepare thoroughly for your theory test. There are apps, DVDs and books available to help you prepare. If required, we can also provide dedicated theory test lessons to help you prepare for your theory test.