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The theory test is made up of two parts; the multiple choice part and the hazard perception part. You need to pass both parts to pass the theory test. Once you have passed the theory test you can then apply to take your practical driving test.

Taking your theory test

The multiple choice part is delivered using a touch screen computer and the hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button. If you pass one part and fail the other you'll fail the whole test, and you'll need to take both parts again. The questions in each multiple choice test vary according to the category of vehicle you're hoping to obtain a licence for ie a motorcycle theory test will contain specific questions that don't 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'll 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. Some questions may require more than one answer. For cars and motorcycles you'll be asked 50 questions in 57 minutes and the pass mark is 43 out of 50. 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.

Part two - hazard perception

After the break you'll 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'll be presented with a series of 14 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. You won't be able to review your answers to the hazard perception test; as on the road, you'll 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

At the end of the hazard perception part of the theory test you'll be invited to answer a number of customer survey questions. You don't have to answer the questions if you don't want to, and any information given is anonymous and confidential. The survey questions don't affect the result of the test. When you have finished the test you may leave the examination room. Once you have left the room, you'll not be allowed to enter it again. You'll then be given your result by the test centre staff. For lorry and bus candidates once you have passed both tests you will also receive a pass certificate letter by post.

Selection of Useful Videos





Show Me Questions

  1. When it’s safe, show me how you’d wash and clean the rear windscreen
  2. When it’s safe, show me how you’d wash and clean the front windscreen
  3. When it’s safe, show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights
  4. When it’s safe, show me how you’d set the rear demister
  5. When it’s safe, show me how you’d operate the horn
  6. When it’s safe, show me how you’d demist the front windscreen
  7. When it’s safe, show me how you’d open and close the side window

Tell Me Questions

  1. Tell me how you’d check the brakes are working before starting a journey
    1. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
  2. Tell me where you’d find the recommended tyre pressures and how you’d check each tyre
    1. Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
  3. Tell me how you’d make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection
    1. The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.
  4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres have sufficient tread depth and are in a safe condition
    1. No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
  5. Tell me how you’d check the headlights and tail lights are working
    1. Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
  6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system
    1. Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
  7. Tell me how you’d check the indicators are working
    1. Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
  8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working
    1. Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.
  9. Tell me how you’d check the power steering is working before starting a journey
    1. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.
  10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you’d use them
    1. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
  11. Tell me how you’d switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on
    1. Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
  12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check the engine has sufficient oil
    1. Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
  13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check the engine has sufficient engine coolant
    1. Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
  14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of brake fluid
    1. Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

 


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