Driving Test Information
The Theory Test
The theory test is made up of two sections and are held at various local test centres. They are computer based tests. You need to pass both elements at the same test to achieve a ‘Pass’ mark. You MUST take both the plastic and counterpart elements of your driving licence to the test. Failure to do so will result in the test cancelled and a loss of booking fee.
Before the test starts you'll be given instructions on how the test works. You can then choose to go through a practice session of the multiple choice questions to get used to the layout of the test.
A question and several answer options will appear onscreen and you have to select the correct answer to the question by touching the screen. Some questions may require more than one answer. Some car and motorcycle multiple choice questions will be given as a case study. The case study will show a scenario that five questions will be based on. The subject of the scenario focuses on real life examples and experiences that drivers could come across when driving.
You can navigate between questions and 'flag' questions that you want to come back to later in the test. After the multiple choice part you can choose to have a break of up to three minutes before the hazard perception part starts.
You are allowed 57 minutes to answer 50 questions. The pass mark is 43.
Practice With Our Mock Theory Test
Hazard Perception Test
You will be shown a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works. You'll then be presented with a series of video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there'll be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. To achieve a high score you'll need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.
The pass rate is 44 out of a possible 75 points.
The Practical Test
The driving test is designed to see if you can drive safely, know The Highway Code and can demonstrate this through your driving. It will start with an eyesight check. You must be able to read a number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres. If you can't, you will fail the test.
Next you will be ask two questions from the Show Me, Tell Me question bank. Fail to answer either question correctly and you will score one minor fault. To read the questions and answers.
The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving, including when you are carrying out the set exercises.
You will have to successfully perform one of the following reversing exercises:
- left reverse (reversing around a corner)
- turning in the road
- reverse parallel parking
- bay parking
- you may also have to do an emergency stop.
For about 10 minutes during your test you'll have to drive by either following a series of directions, traffic signs, or a combination of both. The examiner may show you a diagram to help you understand where you'll be going. It doesn't matter if you don't remember every direction, or if you go the wrong way.
The purpose is rather to assess your ability to drive safely whilst at the same time having to make your own decisions in order to reach your target destination. This includes for example deciding when it's safe to pull over and ask for directions.
Your result will not be affected unless you commit a driving fault, even if you go off the independent driving route. Sat navs are not allowed for this part of the test. The cost of taking the practical test is £62 if taken on a week day and £75 if taken over the weekend.