The Theory Test

Link to the Official Theory Practice Test

 

The Theory Test consists of 2 parts : A Multiple Choice Test and a Hazard Perception Test.

The Theory Test for Car Drivers was introduced in July 1996 to help improve Road Safety, by ensuring that new drivers have a wide knowledge of the following topics:-

  • Alertness
  • Attitude
  • Safety and Your Vehicle
  • Safety Margins
  • Hazard Awareness
  • Vulnerable Road Users
  • Other Types of Vehicle
  • Motorway Rules
  • Rules of the Road
  • Road and Traffic Signs


  • The 1st part of the Theory Test consists of 50 multiple choice questions.
    It is computer based and the questions are answered by touching the screen. You can have a 15 minute practise session before starting the actual test to get used to the system.
    The minimum pass mark is 43 out of 50 and you are allowed 57 minutes to complete the test.
    After an optional 3 minute break you will start the Hazard Perception Element of the test.

    The 2nd part of the test is the Hazard Perception Element which was introduced in September 2002, consisting of a series of 14 film clips of every day road scenes; 13 of these clips will contain only one developing hazard and 1 clip will contain two developing hazards. You are marked on the number of hazards that you correctly identify and each hazard is scored from 1 to 5. Adeveloping hazard is something which may cause you to have to take action such as changing speed and/or direction. The quicker you identify the hazard the higher your score will be. To pass you must score a minimum of 44 out of 75 available points.

    You must pass both the Theory and the Hazard Perception Element to pass the Theory Test.
    The result will be given within 30 minutes of completing the tests. You must have passed the Theory and Hazard Perception Tests before a Practical Test can be booked.

    The Theory Test can be booked by calling 0300 200 11 22 between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday or on line at www.gov.uk/book-theory-test.
    Tests are available on weekdays, evenings and Saturdays.
    You will need a UK Driving Licence No and Debit/Credit Card for payment.

    The nearest DVSA Theory Test Centre is:-

    Rutland Centre (Office Suite 3A 3rd Floor)
    56 Halford Street
    Leicester
    Leicestershire
    LE1 1TQ

    You must bring the following items with you to your test
    • Both parts of your signed, valid UK Driving Licence
    • If you have an old style Paper Licence you must bring both your Paper Licence and a valid Passport.