The first test that you need to take on the way to getting your full licence is the theory test. Provisional driving licence holders need to pass the theory test before they can apply for a date for a practical test. Waiting times for the practical test can be quite long so it is important to make progress with the theory test as soon as possible. Please feel free to ask for advice as to the best learning resources recommended to help you through the theory test,
The theory test has two parts – 50 multiple choice questions and 14 clips of video film for the Hazard Perception Test. Both parts of the test have to be passed at the same time. Most theory tests are carried out at dedicated theory test centres rather than at practical test centres.
Theory Test Questions The first part of the theory test involves 50 multiple choice questions on a touch screen computer. The pass mark is 43 out of 50 (86%). You can learn for the theory test using recommended resources such as books and dvd’s.
Hazard Perception (HPT) When you’ve completed the theory test questions, there will be a short delay and then the Hazard Perception test will start. The test consists of 14 clips of film each lasting around 30 or 40 seconds. In total there are 15 “developing hazards” that you will need to identify. The sooner you identify the scoring hazards, the higher your score. There is a maximum of 5 points for each scoring hazard. You just need to click the mouse, you are not required to move the mouse cursor over the hazard. The pass mark is 44 out of 75.
When you have passed your theory test you are able to apply for your test when you and your instructor feel that you are ready.