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Driving Theory Test Explained

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The Driving Theory Test is made up of two parts:

  • the first part consists of 50 multiple choice questions. You will need to answer at least 43 questions correctly to pass the first part of the driving theory test, then after a 3 minute break…
  • the second part is the Hazard Perception Test. This part consists of fourteen 1 minute video clips featuring different types of hazards, including pedestrians, other vehicles and road conditions. As soon as you see a hazard developing that may cause you to change direction or alter your speed you should react by pressing the mouse button. The earlier you respond, the more points you will receive. The test has 15 assessable hazards with a maximum of 5 points for each hazard. The pass mark is 44 points out of a possible 75.


Why Do The Hazard Perception Test?

Every year over 3,500 people are killed on our roads. Young drivers make up only a small percentage of the driving population but are involved in up to 1 in 7 accidents causing injury. The government believes that introducing the Hazard Perception Test could dramatically reduce these figures.

A more experienced driver is much more likely to anticipate hazards than a newly qualified one, in fact it often takes up to two seconds longer for new drivers to recognise a hazardous situation. Currently, many driving test candidates demonstrate poor awareness and perception skills, which are vitally important requirements for safe driving.

Hazard Perception Test: Important Part of Driving Test Theory

The hazard perception test forms part of the screen based driving theory test and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Failure to pass either the multiple choice questions or the hazard perception test will result in failure of the whole driving theory test.

How Will The Hazard Perception Test Work?

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At the beginning of the hazard perception test, candidates are shown a brief instruction video clip. The video clip shows how the hazard perception test works. Headphones are worn for this instruction video and can be removed for the actual test as there is no sound on the video clips.

In the test itself, candidates are shown a number of 1 minute video clips filmed from a car. Each video clip contains one or more developing hazards. Candidates are asked to indicate (by clicking the mouse button) as soon as they see a hazard developing which may require the driver to take appropriate action e.g. change speed or change direction.

Candidates are marked on their timed responses – the sooner a response is made, the higher the score. The only hazards candidates will be scored on are the developing ones. Candidates will not lose points for responding to other hazards.

Each candidate will be tested on 14 video clips chosen at random from a series of 200.

When Will I Get My Driving Theory Test Results?

You will be given your results to both the multiple choice driving theory questions and the hazard perception test before you leave the test centre. REMEMBER  that you will need to have passed BOTH TESTS on the same day to receive your driving theory pass certificate.


How Do I Prepare For The Driving Theory Test?

If you are already having driving lessons, your driving instructor will be able to provide mock theory test papers. If you are not, it would make sense to buy a book containing sample questions and answers.

If your budget allows, you could get The Official Theory Test for Cars and Motorcycles published by The Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

You will find learning about driving theory and hazard perception much easier if you wait until you actually start your practical driving lessons.

However, if you expect your driving instructor to help you learn driving theory as well as practice, then you need to find out just what sort of help he or she can provide before you book any lessons.

Driving Theory Test training is not a requirement for driving schools and you should not assume that all driving instructors can (or will) provide the training you may need. Some may give you mock driving theory test papers to try on your own.

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Hazard Perception Test Training Available

Driving instructors are able to teach their pupils all the skills and techniques required to pass the hazard perception test. They may also have various training aids which pupils may use or borrow. Talk to your driving instructor about the options available before taking the test.

Learning about the Hazard Perception Test is something that all driving instructors should help you with. During your driving lessons, a good instructor will constantly remind you to scan the scene in front and around you, and will point out potential hazards that you should observe as you drive.

It is worth knowing that some driving schools have equipped their cars with state-of-the-art video training systems. These have a small camera in the front of the car which takes a video of your entire driving lesson. This enables the instructor to later play back and review any part of your lesson and to point out any mistakes or hazardous situations that you encountered.

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Booking Your Driving Theory Test

When you are ready to book your driving theory test, go to this government web site Booking your driving theory test (and hazard perception test) to make a booking online. 

And if you need to change or cancel your appointment then use this link Changing your driving theory test (and hazard perception test).


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