Learner Information

Theory Test

You must take your driving licence with you to your theory test.

The theory test has two parts.  The first is a multiple choice test of your knowledge of the highway code.  The second part is a hazard perception test.

Before you start, a short video tutorial will explain how the test should be undertaken. You will also be able to do some practice questions to make sure you are familiar with the computer.  The first part of the test consists of 50 multiple choice questions.  It involves using the computer as a touch screen to select the correct answer/s.  Read the question carefully to find out how many answers are required.  To pass this section you need to score at least 43 out of 50.  As part of this, you will be presented with one case study where you will be required to answer 5 questions that are related to the scenario displayed on screen.  Each question will still be in the multiple choice format. 

Then you will have the hazard perception part of the test, and again you will see a tutorial to show you how to respond on the computer.  The hazard perception test consists of 14 video clips featuring different scenes as if driving along a road, with various developing hazards occurring.  A developing hazard is something that may result in you having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction.  When you see a developing hazard you need to click the mouse button, then click again if it remains a hazard.  There is a scoring zone where you can score between 5-0; the earlier you click, the more you score.  You can click around 8-10 times per clip, but if you click too often or in a pattern, you will score 0 for that clip.  One of the clips contains 2 scoring zones, but you don't know which one, so you need to pay attention throughout the whole clip.  To pass this section you need to score at least 44 out of 75.

It is recommended that you obtain an app with practice questions and hazard perception clips to practice with - please ask your instructor for advice regarding this.

When you have finished the test, you leave the room and collect your results.  Once you have passed the theory test, you need to pass your practical test within 2 years, otherwise you will need to re-sit the theory test.  It is VERY important that you keep your theory test pass certificate safe as you will need to produce this when you book and take your practical test.

Practical Test

You need to bring your provisional driving licence and you should bring your theory test pass certificate.  And of course, an appropriately insured and licensed vehicle, displaying L-plates (usually the car you have learnt in).

Eyesight Check

Before you get in the car, you will have an eyesight check.  You'll have to read the number plate from a distance of 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate, or 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate. If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses to pass the eyesight test, the law requires that you wear them whenever you are driving. This includes during your driving test.

Show Me, Tell Me

These are known as the 'show me, tell me' questions.  The examiner will ask you one before you leave the test centre (e.g. "tell me how you can check your tyres for excessive wear and general condition") and one 'show me' question while you are driving (such as 'show me how to wash the front windscreen').

Driving Ability

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.  The examiner will tell you that he would like you to follow the road ahead unless traffic signs direct you otherwise or unless he asks you to turn.  You will be expected to know and act upon all traffic signs and signals.

The examiner will ask you to stop various times throughout the test.  You should stop as soon as it is possible but you need to select a safe/legal/convenient place.

You'll drive in various road and traffic conditions.  Also,

  • You might be asked to carry out an emergency stop (1 in 3 tests).  This will not be done without warning, the examiner will ask you to pull over and will explain the process for this before asking you to do an emergency stop.
  • You'll be asked to complete a reversing exercise. The examiner will choose one exercise from; a) pull up on the right and reverse back for two car lengths, b) parking into a bay forwards and reversing out, c) reverse parking - either into a parking bay, or d) parallel parking at the side of the road.
  • Your driving test will include around twenty minutes of independent driving. This is designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions independently. This could be following a Sat Nav or following signs.

If you miss a sign, you can ask your examiner and he/she will repeat the directions.  It doesn't actually matter if you take a wrong turn as long as you drive correctly, using the correct signals/lane etc.

There are three types of faults that can be marked:

  • a dangerous fault - involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property.
  • a serious fault - could potentially be dangerous.
  • a driving fault - not potentially dangerous, but if you make the same fault throughout your test it could become a serious fault.

If you make 16 or more driving faults, you won't pass your test.  If you make one serious or dangerous fault, you won't pass your test.  So, you can make 15 minor faults and still pass!  So, don't let a mistake worry you or put you off/distract you from the rest of the test.

When the driving test has ended, it is recommended that you allow your instructor to sit in for the debrief, even if they didn't accompany you on test. This is so they can listen to the result and feedback with you.  The examiner will tell you whether you passed or not and explain how you did during the test.  If you pass your test the examiner will give you a pass certificate. They will also ask you if you want your full licence to be sent to you automatically (recommended).  Once you have passed your test you can start driving straight away - you don't need to wait for your full licence to arrive, but you will need to inform your insurance company.

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