The Theory & Hazard Perception Test
How do I book my Theory Test?
The easiest way is to book online. You get a choice of centres, dates and times. All you need is your provisional driving licence number and a credit or debit card. To book online, please click HERE
You can also book by telephone by calling 0870 0101372. You will need your licence number and a credit/debit card.
To book by post you can either pick up a form from your local driving test centre or download a copy from the above link (under publications). This way you can pay by cheque.
How much does it cost?
The current fee as of 28th February 2020 is £23 (Full fee listings click HERE).
What is involved?
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 eg 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, the items are drawn from the same pool, and each vehicle category takes the same test. However the pass mark is different for different categories of tests.
What do I need to pass?
You need to pass both parts of the test to pass overall.
In the multiple choice section you have 57 minutes to answer 50 questions and you must get 43 out of 50 to Pass.
The hazard perception test consists of 14 video clips. The pass rate is 44 out of 75.
Taking your theory test.
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. Some multiiple 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.
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 video clips which feature every day road scenes. In each clip there'll be at least one developing hazard, but one of the car 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.
What happens 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 full details on the Theory Test, click below.