The Theory Test

Your theory test is made up of 2 parts. The multiple-choice questions and the hazard perception. You can take it from your 17th birthday onward. It is done on a computer screen at selected centres.

Planning a car journey

You must take a theory test if you want to go on to take a driving test. This still applies if you already have a motorcycle licence. But if you want to upgrade a automatic licence to a manual one you do not have to take a separate test.  Your Theory Test will be valid for 2 years from the date that you passed it.

The multiple-choice questions are 50 in number and you have 57 minutes in which to answer them. They will give you a chance to do some practice questions which will be outside the 57 minutes.

Once you have done that you can now have a go at the hazard perception test. This 14 video clips which will contain 1 developing hazards and one of them having 2 of these hazards.

A developing hazard is something that needs you to take some action. So pretend you are driving and if you would have to steer or change speed, then you need to click. Make sure you do not double tap as this will lose you the points for that clip.

To pass you will need 43 out of 50 for the multiple choice questions and 44 out of 75 for the hazard perception. They will tell you at the time if you have passed or failed. If you fail you must wait 3 working days before you try again.